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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.


Posted June 30, 2014 by Scott in Uncategorized

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