16 Goals and What Do You Get   Leave a comment

Milwaukee United SC went to Madison on Saturday for a doubleheader against Aris FC (fielded under the flag of RUSH Wisconsin) and the Madison 56ers.  180 minutes of action saw 16 goals scored and the Owls return to Milwaukee with a split of results, defeating Aris 7-3 in a record-setting performance followed by a 4-2 loss to the 56ers.

The opener of the twinbill got off to a fast start, with Brandi Peltier (Ripon College/Hustisford) scoring her first goal 12 minutes in, assisted by Maria Stephans (UW-Milwaukee/Hartford). Aris equalized four minutes later, only for MUSC to regain the lead in the 20th minute on Peltier’s second goal of the match.  Aris tied the match in the 26th minute and took the lead in the 39th minute.  Peltier wrapped up her first-half hat trick in the 44th minute [assisted by Taylor Swittel (UW-Milwakee/Brookfield East)] and the teams went to the half tied at 3.  A change in tactics for the Owls resulted in a three-goal flurry in nine minutes at the start of the second half, with Paige Birschbach (Ripon College/Campbellsport) scoring in the 52nd and 57th minutes [Monica Stephans (St. Norbert College/Hartford) assisting on the first, Maria Stephans on the second] and Callie O’Donnell (UW-Milwaukee) picking up a goal in the 61st minute.  Birschbach finished off her hat trick in the 86th minute, with O’Donnell getting the assist.  Milwaukee United records set in the match include:  most goals in a game (7); most goals in a half (4); most assists in a game (5); most points tallied in a game (19); and largest margin of victory (4).  Other standout performances came from Michelle Peltz (Cardinal Stritch University/Nicolet), Jessica Hyde (College of St. Benedict/Waukesha Catholic Memorial), Anna O’Donnell (Milwaukee School of Engineering), and Rachel Bautzmann (Ripon College/Mukwonago).

The second match of the day got off to a fantastic start for the Owls, with Maria Stephans scoring in the 22nd minute and Birschbach doubling the margin in the 28th minute (assisted by Peltier).  The 56ers clawed back a goal in the 42nd minute and the first half ended 2-1.  A short bench combined with the exhaustion of playing two matches back-to-back ultimately caught up to them, allowing the 56ers to take control of the match and score goals in the 50th, 65th, and 79th minutes.

After a break for the 4th of July weekend, Milwaukee United returns to Women’s Premier League action on Wednesday, July 8 against Elm Grove SC at Doyne Park in Milwaukee.  Kickoff for the club’s home opener is 6pm.

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Posted June 30, 2015 by Scott in Uncategorized

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