from today's Waukesha Freeman -
Catholic Memorial Crusaders reloading
CMH returns eight starters
WAUKESHA – The reloading has taken place.
The targets have been positioned.
The firing begins soon.
The Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer team is taking aim at its fifth Classic 8 Conference championship in seven seasons and its fourth WIAA Division 2 state title in five years.
The Crusaders return 15 letter winners – including eight starters – from a 2013 contingent that capped a 23-0-1 campaign by defeating Mount Horeb 3-0 in the state title match.
In keeping with tradition, the Crusaders are setting their sights high both on and off the field.
“Our goals are to win our 10th state championship and serve well children with special needs during the 11th season of our TOPSoccer program,” said John Burke, who carries a 405-45-31 record into his 20th season as CMH’s head coach.
Burke likes the leadership he has seen from his team during the offseason and early practice sessions in the gym.
“Cristina From leads by example with a tremendous work rate,” Burke said. “Tori Hodorowski leads with a willingness to serve the team selflessly. Jessica Hyde leads by uniting the team with her indefatigable positive attitude.”
From, a senior midfielder, was a second-team All-Classic 8 selection last season. Hodorowski, also a second- team all-conference choice in 2013, is a senior defender, while Hyde is a senior defender/midfielder.
The Crusaders’ other returning letter winners are juniors Cassidy Lentz (goalkeeper), Haley Lange (defender), Kerri Jo Mark (forward), Rachel Mlsna (defender) and Nicole Piette (forward/midfielder); and sophomores Jo Rolli (forward/midfielder), Kelsey O’Brien (midfielder), Alex Brittain (defender), Aleesa Medina (midfielder), Emily Cervantes (forward), Maureen Burke (midfielder/forward) and Riley Christensen.
Cervantes was a first-team all-conference pick last season, when she led the team with 50 goals. Two of those came in the 2013 state title match.
Lentz was also a first-team all-conference selection, while Piette received honorable mention.
When asked to identify his team’s strength, Burke responded, “Tactical understanding – we have an intelligent group of girls with an average GPA of 3.74.”
The Crusaders lost a talented graduating class including Anna Jurken, who is playing at Marquette University; Carina Krausert, who is competing for UW-Whitewater; Ava Olson, who is continuing her career at St. Olaf College; and Haley Anderson, who is playing for MSOE. Jurken and Krausert were first-team all-conference choices.
CMH went 7-0 in winning the Classic championship last season, but Burke expects the conference race to be as competitive as usual. “Seven of the eight teams in the Classic 8 are highly competitive and are capable of beating any of the other teams,” Burke said.