Archive for June 2014

A Bump In The Road   Leave a comment

Harfang des neiges Bubo scandiacus Snowy OwlMilwaukee United SC, the only team in the Women’s Premier League with a 100% record at the midpoint of the regular season, headed up I-43 to take on FC Green Bay in their second and final crossover match of the campaign on Saturday afternoon.  A battle between the two largest cities on the eastern side of the state had a bit of added drama as FC Green Bay is coached by Dennis Detrie, the women’s soccer coach at St. Norbert College, home of MUSC defenders Katherine Oleniczak (Wauwatosa East) and Kaitlin Malliet (DSHA).  Despite holding the lead twice in the first half, the Owls were unable to secure the three points, falling 4-3.

As has been the case in every match this season, Milwaukee United scored first, with Brandi Peltier (Ripon College/Hustisford) taking a lead pass from Oleniczak in the right-center channel and beating the keeper for a 1-0 lead after 17 minutes.  However, like many matches in the Owls’ brief history, the lead evaporated quickly, this time after two minutes.  In the 27th minute, MUSC regained the lead, this time on a goal from Paige Birschbach (Ripon College/Campbellsport) with Peltier providing the assist.  FC Green Bay leveled the match again five minutes later and the teams headed to halftime tied at 2.

FC Green Bay took the lead ten minutes into the second half, but Birschbach and Peltier teamed up on another goal (second goal of the day for the former, second assist for the latter) three minutes later to bring the scoreline to 3-3 after 58 minutes.  The final goal of the match came for FC Green Bay in the 61st minute and though the Owls had the better part of a half hour to get the equalizer, the heat of the day (86 degrees at kickoff with a dew point of 71) and a short bench eventually did them in.  Performances of note came from Anna Stadler (Cardinal Stritch University/Wauwatosa West), Katelyn Hronek (Lake Forest College/Wauwatosa West), Malliet (who picked up a yellow card in the 81st minute for a professional foul that stopped an FC Green Bay breakaway), Oleniczak, and Cassie Braam (Cardinal Stritch University/Port Washington).  Birschbach and Peltier jointly lead the Owls with four goals a piece, but Peltier’s five assists have her ahead of her Ripon College teammate in the race for the club’s Golden Boot.

After taking the Fourth of July weekend off from league action, Milwaukee United will return to the field on July 12th at 2pm at Croatian Park in Franklin against Croatian Eagles Majors in an important WPL-South match.

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Posted June 30, 2014 by Scott in Uncategorized

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3-for-3 at Doyne   Leave a comment

Following a 1-0 forfeit win over Milwaukee Sport Club on Tuesday evening, Milwaukee United SC returned to the friendly confines of Doyne Park on Saturday morning to finish up the home portion of its 2014 schedule in a Women’s Premier League crossover match against RUSH Wisconsin.  Led by two goals and two assists from Brandi Peltier (Ripon College/Hustisford), two goals from Paige Birschbach (Ripon College/Campbellsport), and a goal and an assist from Cassie Braam (Cardinal Stritch University/Port Washington), the Owls moved to 3-0 on the season with a 5-3 victory over the visitors from La Crosse.

It took all of forty seconds for MUSC to get on the scoreboard, as Peltier scored her second goal of the season following a 30-yard run through the left-center channel of the field.  The Owls would double their margin on 23 minutes with Braam finishing off a Peltier cross from the left flank.  Four minutes later, the scoreline would become 3-0 courtesy of a second goal from Peltier off a pass from Maria Stephans (UW-Milwaukee/Hartford) played over the RUSH defense from midfield.  First-half stoppage time would see the margin reduced to  3-1 when a RUSH free kick from just outside the penalty area struck the crossbar and was sent home on the rebound.

As in their match against Racine United, Milwaukee United would score in the 49th minute, with Birschbach converting a cross from Braam to make the score 4-1.  RUSH would bring their deficit down to two in the 64th minute only to see the Owls score in the 79th minute on a Birschbach header assisted by Peltier.  RUSH would close out the scoring in the 84th minute with a beautiful top corner shot that escaped the reach of MUSC’s Kristy Leopold (Southwest Minnesota State/Nicolet).

Aside from the scorers, notable performances came from midfielder Heidi Hetzel and forward Leeah Rivas (UW-Oshkosh/Sheboygan South), defender Danielle Doucette (Cardinal Stritch University/Nicolet) in her debut for Milwaukee United, and midfielder Katelyn Hronek (Lake Forest College/Wauwatosa West).  The next match for the unbeaten Owls will be this Saturday, when they will face FC Green Bay in their second league crossover match.  Game time is 2pm and the match will be played at Four Seasons Park in Hobart.  Join us as as we try for a fourth straight win and move another step closer to securing a spot in the WPL playoffs.  https://www.facebook.com/events/675146579200715/

Posted June 22, 2014 by Scott in Uncategorized

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A Win on Opening Day   Leave a comment

Milwaukee United Soccer Club opened its second season in the Women’s Premier League on Saturday with a hard-fought 4-3 win over Racine United at Doyne Park in Milwaukee.  Despite being up 3-0 after 63 minutes as a result of a hat trick from Maria Stephans (UW-Milwaukee/Hartford), it took a 90th-minute goal from Brandi Peltier (Ripon College/Hustisford) for the Owls to take the points and move into a tie with Croatian Eagles Majors for first place atop the WPL-South standings.

Milwaukee United and Racine United spent the first 15 minutes feeling one another out and probing for the opening tally.  On 21 minutes, Paige Birschbach (Ripon College/Campbellsport) tore into the penalty area on the Racine United goalkeeper, but her shot was denied.  The rebound fell to Stephans, who was able to create space and bury her shot to give MUSC a 1-0 lead, which is how the first half would end.  In the 49th minute, the Owls doubled their advantage as an attack up the right flank eventually got the ball to Stephans at the top of the penalty area, who wasted no time in putting away a shot inside the near post.  Stephans’ hat trick would be completed with another goal from the top of the box, this time off an assist from Peltier.  From there, Racine United took control of the match as Milwaukee United’s back line began to wear down, with goals in the 64th, 73rd, and 82nd minutes.  Just as it looked like a split of the points would be the day’s reward, Peltier picked up a ball near the left touchline at the midfield stripe and attacked feverishly down the field.  Her shot from the top left corner of the penalty box caught Racine’s goalkeeper off her mark a bit and escaped her outstretched fingertips into the top of the net.

A quick turnaround faces Milwaukee United as they will be back at Doyne on Tuesday evening for a 6pm match with Milwaukee Sport Club.  Bring out your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic dinners for a night of entertaining soccer.

Posted June 15, 2014 by Scott in Uncategorized

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2014 Season Preview   Leave a comment

Milwaukee United Soccer Club’s second season in Wisconsin’s Women’s Premier League begins this Saturday.  After an inaugural campaign which saw MUSC finish 2-3-1 and middle of the pack in the WPL’s South division, the front office worked in the off-season to add depth for the 2014 season.  With 14 newcomers joining 10 members of last season’s team, this year’s version of the Owls offers greater competition up and down the roster and greater positional flexibility on the field.  The 24 women on the opening day roster come to Milwaukee United from 10 colleges and universities in the Midwest and 15 different high schools in Southeastern Wisconsin.

Milwaukee United SC underwent a number of off-the-field changes this past fall and winter, not the least of which was handing the coaching reins for the WPL team to 2013 co-scoring leader Brenda Hernandez.  A four-year starter at Cardinal Stritch University, Hernandez led by example on last year’s team through tireless play and the willingness to do whatever was necessary to help the team achieve on the field.  Hernandez will be a player/coach this year, with administrative and on-the-field help coming from the front office and other post-college players on the team to make things flow in training and on game day.

This year’s captain is returning defender Katherine Oleniczak (St. Norbert College/Wauwatosa East), with incoming midfielder/forward Maria Stephans (UW-Milwaukee/Hartford) serving as her assistant.  Up front, the Owls have added three-time all-Midwest Conference selection Brandi Peltier (Ripon College/Hustisford) and Stephans to a returning core of players that accounted for 40% of last season’s scoring and 47% of last year’s points.  The team’s midfield contingent includes newcomers Katelyn Hronek (Lake Forest College/Wauwatosa West) and Anna Stadler (Cardinal Stritch University/Wauwatosa West) along with 2013 Most Improved Players Neysel Powell (Alverno College/Milwaukee School of Languages) and Heidi Hetzel (UW-Oshkosh/Sheboygan South).  The largest influx of talent comes on defense, with three members of Cardinal Stritch’s backline (Danielle Doucette, Michelle Peltz, and Samantha Read) coming aboard to join returning stalwarts Oleniczak and Kaitlin Malliet (St. Norbert College/DSHA).  In goal, the team will have the services of Kara Casebolt (Cardinal Stritch University/Racine Horlick) and Kristy Leopold (Southwest Minnesota State/Nicolet).

The Women’s Premier League will see 15 teams compete for the state championship across three divisions (North, South, and West), with Milwaukee United SC playing in the South division against a pair of teams from Croatian Eagles SC (Majors and U23), Racine United WPL, and Milwaukee Sport Club U23.  This season’s expectations are: to contend for the division title and make the four-team statewide playoffs; to have players improve both technically and tactically in their natural positions as well as develop increased playing ability in other positions on the field; and to offer our community a positive set of role models for future generations of players.  Given the additions to last year’s squad and the move to a more possession-oriented game that involves more players on the offensive side of the ball, we believe those goals are quite attainable.  Join us on Saturday at 11am at Doyne Park (53rd and Wells St. in Milwaukee) for the season opener against Racine United, where the Owls will seek to start 2014 on the front foot and begin the climb to a league title.

 

Posted June 12, 2014 by Scott in Uncategorized

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