2013 Season Preview   Leave a comment

With the season opener against Racine United less than 36 hours away, the time has come to let YOU, the fans and supporters of Milwaukee United SC, know more about this year’s team, the clubs they will play, and what to expect on the pitch.

This year’s team is comprised of 21 young women who represent 9 different colleges and universities, 16 different high schools in the greater Milwaukee area, and who span the gamut from players who just completed their freshmen seasons to those who have completed their eligibility and moved into post-college life.  Cardinal Stritch University has the most current/former players on the roster at six, with St. Norbert College, Mount Mary College, and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh each having three.  The squad will be led on the field by midfielder Bre McDonald (Cardinal Stritch/Port Washington) with forward Ashley Saskowski (St. Norbert/West Allis Hale) serving as deputy.  A late addition to the squad, 2012 Association of Division III Independents Offensive Player of the Year Emily Ristow (Mount Mary/Sheboygan South), will hopefully bring a portion of her 33 goals from this past season to the MUSC front line that will include her Blue Angels teammate Rasika Perera (Oak Creek), Cardinal Stritch graduate Brenda Hernandez (Whitefish Bay Dominican), current Stritch forward Lourdes Gil (Milwaukee Bay View), UW-Oshkosh sophomore Leeah Rivas (Sheboygan South), and Saskowski.  The team’s midfield will be led by two-time All-Northern Athletics Conference selection Nava Moniriarani (Alverno/Oak Creek), with her Inferno teammate Neysel Powell (Milwaukee School of Languages), Cassie Braam (Cardinal Stritch/Port Washington), Erin Regner (Lakeland/Pius XI), the UW-Oshkosh pairing of Jenna Lahmann (Wauwatosa West) and Heidi Hetzel (Sheboygan South), and McDonald also contributing to the engine room.  The defense includes Cardinal Stritch’s Brittney Brown (Shorewood) and Kari Schramer (Oak Creek), St. Norbert’s Katherine Oleniczak (Wauwatosa East) and Kaitlin Malliet (DSHA), and Mount Mary’s Nina Her (Brown Deer).  Between the sticks, MUSC wil rely on Kristy Leopold (Southwest Minnesota State/Nicolet), Rachel Sebald (Missouri State/Wisconsin Lutheran), and Lupe Davalos (UW-Parkside/Racine Park).

With 2013 starting an new era for women’s soccer in Wisconsin, a broad range of clubs have come together to contest the Women’s Premier League season.  From first-time entrants Racine United and Milwaukee Sport Club to women’s soccer stalwarts Croatian Eagles and the Madison 56ers (two teams), the competition on the field should be both entertaining and spirited.  Some teams will be outgrowths of their club’s youth programs while others will rely more on college-experienced and post-college players, with Croatians and the Madison 56ers Majors having to be considered the pre-season favorites given their history and experience from past WPL seasons.  How will MUSC deal with these long-standing programs? “Respect them, but do not fear them.”

Come down to the SCORe Compex in Franksville tomorrow night to support your home team in their opener against Racine United (6:30pm kickoff), and make sure to mark June 23rd on your calendar as MUSC takes on Croatian Eagles at Bradley Tech HS in Milwaukee (1pm).

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Posted June 15, 2013 by Scott in Uncategorized

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