from today's Waukesha Freeman -
Wauk. North 0
Crusaders battle past Northstars
CMH improves to 3-0 this season
WAUKESHA – Tuesday probably wasn’t the best day for team photos.
On the other hand, the school photographer shouldn’t have any trouble getting the Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer team to smile.
With a little makeup and a lot of laundry detergent, the Crusaders will be smiling all day following a 30 victory Tuesday over Waukesha North in the Classic 8 Conference opener at North.
Junior Nicole Piette, freshman Lauren Lehsten and sophomore Emily Cervantes each scored as Memorial improved to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in conference play.
“Waukesha North comes with great intensity and they are a tough team to play,” CMH coach John Burke said. “They’ll never give you an easy game. It was a battle out there. In no way was it dirty at all, but North was very aggressive and they were trying to contain some very talented players.”
“We all had muddy knees tonight – not to mention some bumps and bruises,” Piette said. “I love playing Classic 8 teams because it’s always such a high level of competition. Every game is going to be really difficult no matter who you play.”
Crossbars were a goalkeepers’ best friend early when both teams had shots ricochet off the bar.
North’s chance came in the seventh minute when a corner kick resulted in a shot hitting the crossbar above the head of CMH junior keeper Cassidy Lentz, while Cervantes knocked a shot off the bar above North senior keeper Emily Senger in the 15th minute.
Memorial took the 1-0 lead at the 23:42 mark when Piette sliced through the Northstars defense and scored after a ball from Cervantes.
“It was exactly what coach (Burke) said would happen in this game,” Piette said. “He told me to just cut behind the defense, and that’s exactly what happened. I got a fantastic ball from Emily and I was able to bring it down and finish.”
“We were really trying to feature Nicole by having her to stay wide in the attack,” Burke said. “Jo Rolli and Emily Cervantes draw so much attention. As good as Nicole looked tonight, in a month she’s going to be unstoppable.”
In the 28th minute, North’s defense failed to clear a ball from in front of the net and Lehsten was on the spot to poke the ball past Senger for a 2-0 lead.
“We had some breakdowns in the back that were disappointing,” said North coach Jeff Worzella, whose team leveled off at 2-2 overall. “I thought we should have done better. We kept fighting but really struggled with building our attack, and that kept the pressure on the defense. We just made two early season mistakes that I’m expecting to get cleaned up real soon.”
Later in the half, Cervantes was taken down near the end line. Instead of getting right up, Cervantes stayed down for several minutes.
“We were all kind of nervous,” Piette said. “If anyone goes down on our team, we’ll all be nervous. My main thought was, ‘Is she OK?’ I didn’t want her to be hurt. Thankfully, she got up.”
Cervantes returned later in the first half.
North wasn’t as lucky.
In the 50th minute, North sophomore forward Ana Portz went down – and stayed down – with a leg injury. Portz had to be helped off the field and carted off afterward. Worzella was unsure the extent of her injury.
When Rolli, a sophomore, was fouled in the box at the 58:36 mark, Cervantes was called on for the penalty kick – and she delivered.
“I said this year we’re not going to go undefeated again – we’re going to lose a game or two and that’s going to be good for us,” Burke said. “But it wasn’t tonight.”