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2014 End-of-Season Awards   Leave a comment

Golden Boot:  Brandi Peltier (eight goals, five assists)

Most Valuable Players:  Brandi Peltier and Maria Stephans

Most Improved Player:  Michelle Peltz

Order of the Snowy Owl:  Heidi Hetzel

Spirit of the City Award:  Casey Scheibengraber, Brenda Hernandez, Ashley Saskowski, Katherine Oleniczak, Kara Casebolt


Posted July 22, 2014 by Scott in Uncategorized

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2014 Post-Season Recap   Leave a comment

MUSC2014Milwaukee United Soccer Club completed a successful 2014 season with a 3-2-1 record (10 points) and a second-place finish in the South division of Wisconsin’s Women’s Premier League.  Led on the score sheet by Brandi Peltier’s (Ripon College/Hustisford) eight goals and five assists, the Owls increased their offensive production from 2013 by 13 goals and scored first in every match of the WPL season with none of those first tallies coming after the 21st minute.  Highlights from the season:

Up, Down, and Up Again:  The club’s first match of 2014 saw the Owls get out to a 3-0 lead on Racine United after 63 minutes [a result of Maria Stephans’ (UW-Milwaukee/Hartford) hat trick, the first in club history] only to relinquish that margin over the next 20 minutes.  Brandi Peltier’s game-winner in the 90th minute restored order and gave MUSC their first win of the season to kick off the club’s three-match home stand on the right foot (or in this case, the left, as all four MUSC tallies were scored left-footed).

Fast and Furious:  The Owls’ most complete performance came against RUSH Wisconsin where they took a 3-0 lead inside the first half-hour, opening the scoring just 40 seconds into the match.  Paige Birschbach (Ripon College/Campbellsport) scored twice and Brandi Peltier chipped in two goals and two assists to finish out a perfect home slate for MUSC in a match where they never trailed.

Heart and Soul:  The most “Milwaukee United” performance of the season came in the team’s final match against Croatian Eagles U23s, where the heat and a short roster could have decimated a less-spirited team.  A hat trick from Brandi Peltier (assisted on all three goals by Maria Stephans) helped the Owls secure a 3-3 draw and finish off the campaign on a high note.

Some additional thoughts on the 2014 campaign:

Transition:  This past year has been one of transition from the solo operation of the past few years to a club where players have greater responsibility on and off-the-field and where the board of directors is actively engaged in providing behind-the-scenes support.  We were able to expand our player pool and roster without losing sight of our underlying mission.  We may not have succeeded in every venture we attempted, but the positives outweighed the negatives and we are set up to sprad our wings further in 2015.

On-field play:  After a 2013 season where our style of play resembled that of a first-year team that hadn’t played together before, the 2014 season saw the ladies improve in controlling matches, scoring goals, and dictating the tempo against its opponents.  There were fits and starts along the way in striving to play a possession-oriented game and we didn’t always keep it clean at the back while doing so.  The last match of the season (against Croatian Eagles U23), in my opinion, best represented “who we are” and the MUSC style of play:  fierce doggedness of purpose; complete team commitment on both offense and defense; and aggressive play-making that can keep an opponent on its heels all match.  We might want to play like the Seattle Reign or the Portland Thorns, but in actuality are much more like FC Kansas City.

Preparations for the 2015 season will begin in a couple of weeks as scouting of college players gets underway.  Members of the club’s front office can be found at local matches throughout the week over the course of the college season, starting with an August 12th exhibition between UW-Milwaukee and Drake at Engelmann Stadium.

Posted July 22, 2014 by Scott in Uncategorized

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Making A Point   Leave a comment

Milwaukee United SC closed out its 2014 Women’s Premier League season on Saturday afternoon against the Croatian Eagles U23s.  Behind a hat trick from Brandi Peltier (Ripon College/Hustisford), the Owls willed their way to a 3-3 draw and clinched a second-place finish in the WPL’s South Division.

Peltier opened the scoring for Milwaukee United in the 9th minute with the first of her three goals on the day, assisted by Maria Stephans (UW-Milwaukee/Hartford).  Croatians would respond on 20 minutes and the match looked as though it would head to halftime level at 1.  Not so fast, said Peltier and Stephans, as they combined for a goal in the 38th minute to stake the Owls to its first halftime lead since their June 21st match vs. RUSH Wisconsin.  The Eagles tied the match again in the 59th minute and as the heat began to sap energy from both teams, a draw was looking like a good result as the match entered the last ten minutes.  Peltier and Stephans joined forces for a third time in the 81st minute to bring the Owls to a 3-2 lead and hopes for a season-ending win were high.  Alas, that lead would be short-lived as Croatians scored two minutes later to level the match at 3 and send both squads into the off-season with a split of the spoils.

Having dressed just 11 players for the match, a classic Milwaukee United performance was needed from all, with standout turns coming from midfielders Heidi Hetzel (UW-Oshkosh/Sheboygan South) and Neysel Powell (Alverno College/Milwaukee School of Languages), the back line of Cardinal Stritch’s Michelle Peltz (Nicolet) and Samantha Read (York College) and St. Norbert College’s Katherine Oleniczak (Wauwatosa East) and Kaitlin Malliet (DSHA), and goalkeeper Kara Casebolt (Cardinal Stritch University/Racine Horlick).  With most of the team’s players returning to their college squads in the next couple of weeks (there are three post-college players on the roster), the 2014 on-field activity for Milwaukee United Soccer Club comes to an end, with things learned and advances made toward a brighter future for the organization and the greater Milwaukee women’s soccer community as a whole.

Posted July 22, 2014 by Scott in Uncategorized

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A Bridge Too Far   Leave a comment

After taking the Fourth of July weekend off, Milwaukee United SC was back in action on Saturday against the Croatian Eagles Majors in a battle of the last two unbeatens in the South Division of the Women’s Premier League.  Despite scoring first for the fourth time in four matches, the Owls fell to the Majors, 5-3.  Two goals from Jenny Zima (Millikin University/Pius XI) on either side of halftime were the difference as Croatians clinched the Women’s Premier League-South title and automatic playoff berth.

Once again, Milwaukee United got out to a fast start, with Brandi Peltier (Ripon College/Hustisford) scoring on a cross from Cassie Braam (Cardinal Stritch University/Port Washington) to stake the Owls to a 1-0 lead after three minutes.  The Majors pulled level four minutes later and then took the lead in the ninth minute before Zima’s first goal of the day moved them out to a 3-1 advantage in the 26th minute.  MUSC scored almost immediately after the re-start on a pass from Danielle Doucette (Cardinal Stritch University/Nicolet) to Maria Stephans (UW-Milwaukee/Hartford) to cut the deficit to 3-2, which is how the match stood at halftime.  Three minutes into the second half, Zima picked up her second goal and put the Majors on a 4-2 lead.  The Owls closed the gap again to a single goal in the 57th minute when Michelle Peltz (Cardinal Stritch University/Nicolet) headed in a corner kick from her Stritch teammate Anna Stadler (Wauwatosa West).  Croatians closed out the scoring in the 90th minute on a counterattack as Milwaukee United had committed additional numbers to the attack in search of an equalizer.  In addition to the scorers, strong performances were turned in by Alverno College’s Amber Thomas (Nicolet) and Neysel Powell (Milwaukee School of Languages), Kaitlin Malliet (St. Norbert College/DSHA), and Paige Birschbach (Ripon College/Campbellsport).

The Owls will close out the regular season this Saturday when they face the Croatian Eagles’ U23 team.  Kickoff is at 2pm at Croatian Park.


Posted July 14, 2014 by Scott in Uncategorized

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All-Conference, All-Area, and All-State Selections   Leave a comment

Players listed are on our watch list for potential inclusion on MUSC’s Women’s Premier League teams.


First team: Jacki Quast, sr., Arrowhead

Second team: Brooke Birschbach, Jr., Campbellsport

First team:  Maria Kass, jr., Divine Savior Holy Angels; Rachel Clayton, sr., Menomonee Falls; Eden Charles, jr., DSHA; Anna Smalley, sr., Menomonee Falls.; Kristin Bronikowski, sr., DSHA; Sammy Lehnen, jr., Menomonee Falls; Kelli Swenson, jr., Wauwatosa East; Olivia Myszewski, soph., DSHA.
Second team: Katie Salmon, sr, Wauwatosa East; Hannah Schramka, sr., DSHA; Kylie Sprecher, fr., Menomonee Falls; Jennifer Eberhardy, sr., Menomonee Falls; Amanda Durst, soph., DSHA; Jami Lessila, jr., Menomonee Falls; Sam Westphal, jr., Wauwatosa East; Kayla Heagney, sr., Menomonee Falls.
Honorable mention: Delaney Hughes, soph., DSHA; Alex Graeber, soph., Menomonee Falls; Beca Pallo, jr., Wauwatosa East; Maddy Unger, fr., West Allis Central; Erminia Garcia, sr., West Allis Central; Marissa Rechicz, sr., West Allis Hale; Emily Crevoiserat, soph., DSHA; Kam Lamontagne, soph., Wauwatosa East; Catherine Carter, soph., Wauwatosa East; McKenna Kowalski, sr., Wauwatosa East; Sue Pamato, jr., West Allis Central; Rachel Sura, sr., West Allis Central; Delaney Mielke, sr., West Allis Hale; Taylor Massie, soph., DSHA; Tessa Estock, soph., Menomonee Falls; Ashley Blake, jr., Menomonee Falls; Emily Starich, sr., West Allis Central; Stephanie Rohde, sr., West Allis Hale; Lauren Minette, soph., Wauwatosa East; Karina Chavez, soph., West Allis Central.
Player of the year: Kristin Bronikowski, sr., DSHA

First team: Emily Hafemann, fr., Greendale Martin Luther; Sara Magno, jr., St. Thomas More.
Second team: Ashley Crist, soph., Greendale Martin Luther; Franny Hamilton, fr., St. Thomas More; Gabby Hamilton, sr., St. Thomas More; Mary Mansker, jr., Whitefish Bay Dominican; Morgan Leissring, jr., Greendale Martin Luther; Abby Mansker, jr., Whitefish Bay Dominican.
Defensive player of the year: Sara Magno, jr., St. Thomas More.

First team: Amber Baker, sr., University School; Kat Schmidt, soph., University School; Julia Hanson, sr., University School.
Second team: Grace Florsheim, jr., University School; Daina Rodriguez, sr., Heritage Christian; Merrill Read, jr., University School; Bethany Edington, soph., Heritage Christian; Marielle Beracchi, jr., University School.
Co-Player of the year: Amber Baker, University School.

First team: Leah Rothstein, sr., Whitefish Bay; Caroline Fink, sr., Whitefish Bay; Cassidy Blanchard, sr., Whitefish Bay.
Second team: Hillary Miller, jr., Nicolet; Danielle Sobelman, jr., Nicolet; Clare Matkom, soph., Whitefish Bay; Erin Corrigan, sr., Whitefish Bay;
Honorable mention: Jleun Heo, soph., Whitefish Bay; Taylor Kerwin, fr., Whitefish Bay; Greta Ricigliano, soph., Nicolet; Lauryn Huber, sr., Milwaukee Lutheran; Annie Beckman, Whitefish Bay; Sammy Rothman, sr., Whitefish Bay; Sidney Capati, soph., Nicolet; Sophie Marshall, fr., Nicolet; Amanda Pandl, jr., Whitefish Bay.

First team: Kaitlin Buehl, Jr, Oak Creek; Mireya Ramos, soph., Franklin.
Second team: Rachael Stein, sr, Franklin; Jessie Bykowski, sr, Franklin.
Honorable mention: Jacqueline Glasenapp, sr., Franklin; Jada Falzon, Jr., Franklin; Adriana Henry, soph., Franklin;  Camryn Altnau, fr., Oak Creek; Nicole Drzadinski, sr., Oak Creek; Alicia Haase, sr., Oak Creek.

First team: Monica Stephans, jr., Hartford.
Honorable mention: Meredith Polzin, jr., Wisconsin Lutheran.

First team: Gaby Zabala, soph., Wauwatosa West; Ashley Pitrof, sr., Milwaukee Pius; Alex Heyer, sr, Wauwatosa West; Sunni Kessenich, sr, Shorewood; Maggie Fuhrman, sr., Wauwatosa West; Emma Saskowski, soph., Milwaukee Pius; Laura Gould, sr., Shorewood; Adriana Bratel, soph. Greendale.
Second team: Alyssa Heyer, sr., Wauwatosa West; Dana Schwab, jr., Greenfield; Mallory Shimek, soph., Greendale; Marlee Lane, soph., Shorewood; Mary Gaggioli, sr., Whitnall; Katie Schauer, sr., Whitnall; Zoe DePrez, sr., Shorewood; Caroline Toberna, soph., Greendale; Anna Benvenuto, sr, Milwaukee Pius.
Honorable mention: Giovanna Zizzo, fr., Shorewood; Natalie Surfus, sr., Brown Deer; Megan Hilbelink, jr., South Milwaukee; Courtney Corrao, sr., Greenfield; Sarah Henson, sr., Wauwatosa West; Abby Pech, sr, Shorewood; Shareen Othman, sr., Greenfield; Molly Williams, soph., Greendale; Alicia Cruz, soph., Cudahy/St. Francis; Emily Grunert, soph., South Milwaukee; Gina Wade, jr., Brown Deer; Aly Rameshk, sr, Greendale; Tricia Nelson, jr., Shorewood; Bella Villagomez, jr., Milwaukee Pius; Olivia Lopez, soph., Greenfield; Alex Rojo, Jr, Cudahy/St. Francis; Brenna Sibley, sr., Milwaukee Pius; Sierra Spiekerman, sr., Greenfield; Nicole Gross, sr, Brown Deer; Megan Shaughnessy, Jr, Greendale; Meghan Curtis, soph., Shorewood; Tori Barnhart, fr., Whitnall; Lesley Klein, Jr, Milwaukee Pius; Gena Schaut, sr., Wauwatosa West; Gabby Verette, sr., Wauwatosa West.



Midfielders: Caroline Fink, sr., Whitefish Bay; Anna Smalley, sr., Menomonee Falls.
Defenders: Cassidy Blanchard, sr., Whitefish Bay;  Kristin Bronikowski, sr., Divine Savior Holy Angels.
Forwards: Rachel Clayton, sr., Menomonee Falls; Leah Rothstein, sr., Whitefish Bay.
Midfielders: Eden Charles, jr., DSHA; Jen Eberhardy, sr., Menomonee Falls.
Defenders: Sammy Lehnen, sr., Menomonee Falls; Sara Magno, jr., Saint Thomas More.
Forwards: Nataly Alanis, Milw. Carmen; Amber Baker, sr., University School; Claudia Cisneros, Milw. King; Miriam Cortez, Milw. Hamilton; Maria Kass, jr., DSHA; Kimberly Lozano, Milw. Carmen; Ashley Pitrof, sr., Pius; Suzy Scotty, Milw. King; Monica Stephans, jr., Hartford; Marqueesha Smith, Milw. Madison; Gaby Zabala, soph., Wauwatosa West.
Midfielders: Katiushta Cruz, Milw. South; Olimpia Garcia, Milw. Ronald Reagan; Ariana Gomez, School of Languages; Emily Hafemann, fr., Martin Luther; Alex Heyer, sr., Wauwatosa West; Sunni Kessenich, sr., Shorewood; Erin May, Languages;  Gabrielle Newton, Milw. Reagan; Verenice Ochoa, Milw. Madison; Mireya Ramos, soph., Franklin; Kat Schmidt, soph., University School; Ia Thao, Milw. Madison; Pang Thao, Milw. Madison.
Defenders: Kaitlin Buehl, jr., Oak Creek; Tiffany Carter, Bradley Tech; Maggie Fuhrman, sr., Wauwatosa West; Laura Gould, sr., Shorewood; Julia Hanson, sr., University School; Mayka Kirchner, Milw. Riverside; Jackie Quast, sr., Arrowhead; Sandra Ramos, Bradley Tech; Abiline Rosas, Milw. Riverside; Marisia Sanchez, Milw. South; Emma Saskowski, soph., Pius; Gabrielle Sustache, Milw. Ronald Reagan; Kelli Swenson, jr., Wauwatosa East.
Goalkeepers: Adrianna Bratel, soph., Greendale; Morgan Johnstone, Milw. Pulaski; Olivia Myszewski, soph., DSHA; Ana-Karen Valasquez, Milw. Hamilton.



First team: Cassidy Blanchard, sr., Whitefish Bay; Kristin Bronikowski, sr., DSHA; Caroline Fink, sr., Whitefish Bay; Anna Smalley, sr., Menomonee Falls.
Best of the Rest: Eden Charlies, jr., DSHA; Sammy Lehnen, sr., Menomonee Falls; Rachel Clayton, sr., Menomonee Falls; Maria Kass, jr., DSHA; Leah Rothstein, sr., Whitefish Bay; Monica Stephans, jr., Hartford.

Posted July 8, 2014 by Scott in Uncategorized

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All-City Conference Selections   Leave a comment

First team
Position players: Miriam Cortez, Hamilton; Claudia Cisneros, King; Suzy Scotty, King; Erin May, Languages; Ariana Gomez, Languages; Olimpia Garcia, Reagan; Gabrielle Newton, Reagan; Gabrielle Sustache, Reagan; Makya Kirchner, Riverside; Abiline Rosas, Riverside.
Goalkeeper: Ana-Karen Valesquez, Hamilton.
Second team
Position players: Adriana Hernandez, Hamilton; Evalise Navarro, Hamilton; Kendall Edwards, Languages; Deja Davis, Languages; Jacqueline Biernat, Reagan; Ashley Hernandez, Reagan; Malee Xiong, Riverside; Shoua Vang, Riverside.
Goalkeeper: Anna Dannecker, Reagan.

First team
Position players: Nataly Alanis, Carmen; Kimberly Lozano, Carmen; Marqueesha Smith, Madison; Ia Thao, Madison; Pang Thao, Madison; Verenice Ochoa, Pulaski; Katiushka Cruz, South; Marisia Sanchez, South; Tiffany Carter, Bradley Tech; Sandra Ramos, Bradley Tech.
Goalkeeper: Morgan Johnstone, Pulaski.
Second team
Position players: Marina Garcia, Carmen; Jade Rhymes, Madison; Daysha Harris, Madison; Jocelyn Martin, Pulaski; Zashy Torres, Pulaski; Amira White, Pulaski; Anahi Hernandez, South; Muchi Plaw, South; Braxcton Dodd, Bradley Tech; Naw Paw Say Wah, Washington.
Goalkeeper: Aliyah Williams, Washington.

Posted July 8, 2014 by Scott in Uncategorized

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