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2014 WPL Roster Release (Part I)   Leave a comment

After several months of scouting and player evaluation, Milwaukee United Soccer Club is pleased to announce the first portion of its roster for the 2014 Women’s Premier League season.  Returning from last year’s team are forwards Brenda Hernandez, Rasika Perera, and Leeah Rivas, along with midfielders Heidi Hetzel, Neysel Powell, and Ashley Saskowski.  New to the club in 2014 are midfielders Carly Herald, Katelyn Hronek, Casey Scheibengraber, and Maria Stephans, plus defenders Emily Ogas and Michelle Peltz.

Brenda Hernandez – A 2012 graduate of Cardinal Stritch University with a degree in art, Hernandez played four years for the Wolves following her high school career at Whitefish Bay Dominican.  Brenda led Milwaukee United in scoring in 2013 playing both forward and midfield for the club and is currently the librarian at Allen-Field Elementary School in Milwaukee.

Rasika Perera – A junior psychology major at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Perera tallied 21 goals for the Blue Angels over the past two seasons.  A graduate of Oak Creek High School, Rasika shared the Milwaukee United scoring title with Brenda Hernandez in 2013.

Leeah Rivas – A sophomore business management major at UW-Oshkosh, Rivas returns to Milwaukee United after a fall season where she helped the Titans advance to the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship game.

Heidi Hetzel – Rivas’ teammate at UW-Oshkosh and previous to that at Sheboygan South High School, Hetzel comes back to Milwaukee United after being named one of the club’s Most Improved Players in 2013.  A sophomore environmental studies major, Heidi made 19 appearances for the Titans this past fall.

Neysel Powell – Another one of MUSC’s Most Improved Players from the 2013 season, Powell returns to the club following an outstanding season at Alverno College where she played a variety of positions in contributing to the Inferno’s winningest campaign in school history.  A sophomore pre-law major, Neysel appeared in all 40 matches for the school in her two years there.

Ashley Saskowski – Vice-captain of the club’s Women’s Premier League team in 2013, Saskowski finished her intercollegiate career at St. Norbert College this past fall and will graduate in May with a degree in business administration.  A versatile player, Ashley contributed at forward, midfield, and defense for Milwaukee United in 2013 and was a key cog in pulling out the club’s 1-0 win over Madison 56ers Capitals.

Carly Herald – A junior public health major at Carroll University, Herald was named Honorable Mention All-Midwest Conference following her 2013 season for the Pioneers, one which was highlighted by a 35-yard overtime goal against defending conference champion Lake Forest on October 10th.

Katelyn Hronek – A freshman pre-vet major at Lake Forest College, Hronek played her high school soccer at Wauwatosa West.  In her first season with the Foresters, Katelyn converted from midfield to fill in at sweeper following injuries to the team’s backline and contributed two goals and two assists from her deep-lying post.

Casey Scheibengraber – Another newcomer to MUSC for 2014, Scheibengraber is a junior at Alverno College majoring in math education with a desire to teach in Milwaukee Public Schools in the future.  Like Powell and Emily Ogas, Casey attended Milwaukee School of Languages prior to Alverno, a pipeline that has seen at least one Hawk join the Inferno in each season since 2009.

Maria Stephans – A freshman pre-med major at UW-Milwaukee, Stephans brings a cabinet full of awards to the club from her time at Hartford Union High School, where she holds every scoring record for the Orioles and was named all-area player of the year three times in her four years at the school.

Emily Ogas – A freshman biology major at Alverno College, Ogas joins Milwaukee United after a fine first season for the Inferno where she played both outside back positions and center midfield.

Michelle Peltz – A freshman business management major at Cardinal Stritch University, Peltz played her prep soccer at Nicolet High School alongside 2013 MUSC Most Valuable Player Kristy Leopold and made nine appearances for the Wolves in the 2013 fall season.

Name Position College High School
Ashley Saskowski Midfield St. Norbert College West Allis Hale
Neysel Powell Midfield Alverno College Milwaukee School of Languages
Brenda Hernandez Forward Cardinal Stritch University Whitefish Bay Dominican
Maria Stephans Midfield UW-Milwaukee Hartford
Rasika Perera Forward Mount Mary College Oak Creek
Casey Scheibengraber Midfield Alverno College Milwaukee School of Languages
Katelyn Hronek Midfield Lake Forest College Wauwatosa West
Emily Ogas Defense Alverno College Milwaukee School of Languages
Heidi Hetzel Midfield UW-Oshkosh Sheboygan South
Leeah Rivas Forward UW-Oshkosh Sheboygan South
Michelle Peltz Defense Cardinal Stritch University Nicolet
Carly Herald Midfield Carroll University Wauwatosa East

Posted January 7, 2014 by Scott in Uncategorized

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New Leadership at Milwaukee United SC   Leave a comment



Milwaukee United Soccer Club announces the appointment of Brenda Hernandez and Ashley Saskowski to its in-house leadership team for the 2014 Women’s Premier League season.

Hernandez played her college soccer at Cardinal Stritch University in Glendale after showing for Whitefish Bay Dominican High School at the prep level.  She was co-leading scorer for the club in 2013 and brings a wealth of passion and soccer knowledge to her new on-field leadership role with the organization.  Saskowski, a native of West Allis and graduate of West Allis Hale High School, recently completed her college career at St. Norbert College in DePere and served as vice-captain for the club’s WPL team last summer.  She will provide leadership both on and off-the-field, combining her degree in business administration (with an emphasis in human resources and non-profit management) with her love of soccer to help advance MUSC’s mission.

“These appointments represent the next step in our vision of growing from within,” said Scott Viar, the club’s managing director.  “Brenda and Ashley have distinguished themselves in terms of dedication and commitment and I feel are the right individuals to help us grow the game here in Milwaukee.”

When asked about goals for the 2014 season, Hernandez would like “every member of Milwaukee United to leave at the end of the summer having learned something new about themselves as leaders and soccer players.”  Saskowski believes that Milwaukee United “can have a bigger impact in the WPL (than 2013’s 2-3-1 record) as we continue to grow as an organization” and realize the squad’s full potential on the field.

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Posted January 7, 2014 by Scott in Uncategorized

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