Madtown Madness   1 comment

Following two weekends off from Women’s Premier League action, Milwaukee United hit the road for a pair of matches in the state capital of Madison, facing the second and third-level teams from the Madison 56ers organization (their top team plays in the national-level Women’s Premier Soccer League).  When all was said and done, a split of the spoils was attained, with a 1-0 win in the opener countered by a 4-0 setback in the nightcap.

The first match of the day was against the Madison 56ers Capitals.  Both teams entered the match short-handed, with just 14 in the squad for MUSC and 12 for the Capitals.  The knock-down, grind-it-out affair looked as though it would end in a scoreless draw, but in the second minute of second-half stoppage time an offensive foray down the left flank by defender Kaitlin Malliet (St. Norbert College/DSHA) took advantage of a Capitals’ weakness which the Owls had been trying to exploit throughout the match.  Malliet’s cross found center back Brittney Brown (Cardinal Stritch University/Shorewood) at the near post where she fired a shot that the Capitals’ goalkeeper saved, but couldn’t control.  The rebound fell to Brown and she tucked the ball into the net.  A frenetic last-gasp effort by the Capitals led to a pair of corner kicks, with Brown, Malliet, defender Bre McDonald (Cardinal Stritch University/Port Washington), and goalkeeper Kristy Leopold (Southwest Minnesota State/Nicolet) providing the defensive backing to stave off the onslaught and secure the win and Leopold’s second shutout of the campaign.

After a break of around 40 minutes, the second fixture began, with MUSC stepping up to face the Madison 56ers Majors.  The first match took a heavy toll on the Owls, with a fresh-legged Majors side tallying in the third minute, followed by a goal in the 24th minute and a third on the stroke of halftime.  Herculean efforts from the entire squad kept the scoreline respectable, with performances of note turned in by forward Brenda Hernandez (Cardinal Stritch University/Whitefish Bay Dominican), defender Kari Schramer (Cardinal Stritch University/Oak Creek), midfielders Heidi Hetzel (UW-Oshkosh/Sheboygan South) and Cassie Braam (Cardinal Stritch University/Port Washington), Brown, and McDonald.

The final two matches of Milwaukee United’s inaugural season will be on July 28th when they travel to the Schwabenhof in Menomonee Falls to take on Milwaukee Sport Club and Waunakee Challenge U-23.  Game times are 1pm and 3pm.

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Posted July 15, 2013 by Scott in Uncategorized

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  1. Owls? o_O

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