Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Crusader Soccer wins third straight

from today's Waukesha Freeman - 

Wauk. South 0

Blackshirts outshot 12-1
By Jeff Hagenau, Freeman Correspondent 

WAUKESHA – Mitchell Krismer’s aggressive shot was the catalyst.

Krismer, a senior forward, scored the opening goal of the game in the 12th minute to help lead the Catholic Memorial High School boys soccer team to a 5-0 victory over Waukesha South in a Classic 8 Conference game at South on Tuesday.

It was the third consecutive victory and third shutout of the season for Memorial, which improved to 2-2 in conference and 6-3 overall.

The Crusaders, who outshot South 12-1, generated three goals in the first half.

On what became the
 game-winning unassisted goal at the 12:05-minute mark, Krismer gained strong position on the right side of the field, quickly took possession of the ball and promptly fired a high-lining 20-yard shot into the upper right corner of the net.

“It was a great feeling to be able to finish on a big shot and provide a spark,” said Krismer, who shares team captain duties with junior Joe Novak. “The defender came directly at me so I just pushed the ball a little to the right. That created an extra half-step of space and a chance to take a shot. It felt good the minute it left my foot.”

Junior forward Eric Brown came through with a CMH goal in the 13th minute off an assist from Krismer. Junior defender Matthew Morris scored on
 a header following a corner kick from sophomore midfielder Connor Alba in the 18th minute. 

Alba and senior midfielder Michael Benash each added a goal in the second half for the Crusaders, who reached a season-high for goals in a single game.

Memorial coach John Bisswurm was encouraged by the way his team continued to force the action.

“We have a tendency to let up a little after scoring so it was nice to see the guys play with a lot of intensity and maintain the pressure after building an early lead,” Bisswurm said.

“We’ve been struggling at times this season so it was nice to see the guys execute at a high level.”

South, which dropped to 0-4 in conference and 5-9 overall, had a golden
 opportunity to score at the 33:36 mark as senior forward/midfielder Luis Nevarez attempted to convert on a breakaway, but the ball hit directly off the right post.

“The guys played with a lot of enthusiasm from beginning to end,” South coach Billy Thorpe said.

“We came into the year without a natural forward so we’re looking for someone to step up and fill that role. At this point, we’re still a work in progress.”

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