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.

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Posted June 15, 2014 by Scott in Uncategorized

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