Friday, June 13, 2014

Girls Soccer - Sectional Semifinal

from today's Waukesha Freeman - 

Pewaukee 1 
(CMH wins shootout 4-2)

CMH needs shootout to beat Pirates
Senior Hyde makes decisive penalty kick

By Jeff Hagenau, 
Freeman Correspondent 

MILWAUKEE – The tears of joy streaming down Jessica Hyde’s face helped to tell the story of her heroic feat.

Hyde, a senior defender, converted the decisive penalty kick as the topseeded Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer team outlasted second-seeded Pewaukee 4-2 in a shootout in a WIAA Division 3 sectional semifinal game at the Milwaukee School of Engineering’s Viets Field on Thursday.

The No. 1-ranked Crusaders, 20-2-1 overall, advanced to face secondseeded Grafton in a sectional championship game at 5 p.m. Saturday at Pewaukee. Grafton upset top-seeded Plymouth 3-0 in another sectional semifinal.

Fourth-ranked Pewaukee, the Woodland Conference champion which entered the game riding the
 momentum of a nine-game unbeaten streak, ended the season 18-4-2 overall.

After battling to a 1-1 tie at the end of 80 minutes of regulation and two, 10-minute overtimes, Memorial responded by making four penalty kicks to end the marathon contest between two of the state’s top programs.

Senior midfielder Cristina From, sophomore defender Kelsey O’Brien and sophomore forward Emily Cervantes each converted to set the stage for Hyde’s pressure-packed game-winning shot.

On the game-winner, Hyde had originally intended to aim for the left corner but Pewaukee junior goalkeeper Anna Christopherson immediately dove toward that side.

Hyde made a split-second reaction and blasted the ball back toward the middle to clinch the dramatic victory.

“It’s something that I will remember
 for the rest of my life,” said a smiling Hyde, one of only three seniors on Memorial’s battle-tested roster this season. “Walking up to prepare for the shot, I could hear my teammates offering words of encouragement, so it was just a matter of going out there and getting the job done.

“When they started screaming, rushed up and gave me a big hug after the shot went in the back of the net, I was so happy and couldn’t hold back the tears. It was by far the biggest goal of my career.”

Junior goalkeeper Cassidy Lentz was a stabilizing force throughout the day for Memorial, making several critical saves to keep her team in the game.

Lentz’s most critical save came as the Crusaders led 2-1 in the shootout, blocking a rocket of a shot by Pewaukee
 senior striker Abby Toureene. 

“It was a difficult battle throughout the day, but everyone continued to go hard after the victory,” Lentz said. “Even though it came down to PKs, we dug down deep, believed in one another and rose to the occasion. During the shootout, they just kept firing hard shots, so I made up my mind that nothing more was going to get through. That’s when everything came together with the block and we were able to answer with some big goals.

“It was just an exciting victory that will give us confidence as we make a run for state.”

Memorial collected the first goal of the fast-paced, physical contest as Cervantes scored off an assist from O’Brien in the 46th minute.

Memorial coach John Burke was excited about the hardfought marathon victory, but emphasized that his team’s goal hadn’t changed.

“It was high school soccer at its best,” said Burke, who guided the Crusaders to the WIAA Division 2 state championship the past two seasons. “Pewaukee deserves a lot of credit with the way they played and battled to the very end. Looking back, it was a great victory and the kids are thrilled, but our ultimate goal remains to capture a state championship.”

Pewaukee’s only goal came as junior midfielder Lexi Klotz scored on a 30-yard shot with the assist from sophomore defender Abby Wannow in the 47th minute.

“The girls executed the perfect game plan, did everything we needed them to do and just came up short on PKs,” said Pewaukee coach Sean Sullivan, noting the invaluable leadership of his four seniors (Toureene, striker Jennifer Gohlke, defender Jordan Blaser and midfielder Kelly Landry) who captured three conference titles during their four-year career. “I truly thought we outplayed them, but didn’t manage to come away with final result we worked so hard for.

“It‘s heartbreaking, but can’t take anything away from what we accomplished.”

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