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Take Five   Leave a comment

Following the July 4th break and a disappointing result against Elm Grove SC on Wednesday, Milwaukee United took to the field at Doyne Park last night to close out the 2015 Women’s Premier League regular season against Racine United, a reschedule from June 21st.  Behind two goals from Paige Birschbach (Ripon College/Campbellsport) and multi-point performances from Callie O’Donnell (UW-Milwaukee) and Taylor Swittel (UW-Milwaukee/Brookfield East), the Owls evened their record at 3-3 and secured a fifth-place finish in the league standings with a 5-0 victory.

Milwaukee United opened the scoring in the third minute when O’Donnell deposited a pass from Monica Stephans (St. Norbert College/Hartford) past the Racine United goalkeeper at the near post.  The lead was doubled in the 16th minute as Theresa Le (Cardinal Stritch University/Shorewood) cleaned up an O’Donnell cross from the right flank, and the sides went into halftime with the scoreline 2-0.  Birschbach picked up her brace in the second half on goals in the 54th minute (assisted by Swittel) and the 73rd minute, sandwiched around a goal from Maria Stephans (UW-Milwaukee/Hartford) in the 60th minute (also assisted by Swittel).  Kara Casebolt (Cardinal Stritch University/Racine Horlick) manned the nets to secure the Owls’ first shutout since a 0-0 draw against Milwaukee Sport Club in 2013, anchoring a defense which featured the Ripon College pair of Rachel Bautzmann (Mukwonago) and Danielle Senger (Hartford), Angelina Delgado (Cardinal Stritch University/Lake Geneva Badger), and Jessica Hyde (College of St. Benedict/Waukesha Catholic Memorial).

Pairings for the WPL playoffs will be announced later today, with quarterfinal matches to be played on Saturday at the SCORe Complex in Racine.

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Posted July 14, 2015 by Scott in Uncategorized

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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.

Posted June 30, 2015 by Scott in Uncategorized

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A Stumble at the Starting Gate   Leave a comment

Milwaukee United SC opened its 2015 Women’s Premier League season with a 3-0 loss to SC Waukesha/Strike FC in a match that was much closer than the scoreline indicated.  Strike opened the scoring in the ninth minute when a shot from the edge of the penalty area deflected off an MUSC player and found the back of the next.  Strike doubled their lead after 38 minutes and headed into halftime up 2-0.  Halftime adjustments by coach Kara Casebolt brought greater attacking presence into the Owls’ lineup in the second half, but unfortunately didn’t draw the team closer on the scoreboard.  Strike closed out the scoring in the 63rd minute on a penalty kick.  Performances of note for Milwaukee United came from midfielder Monica Stephans (St. Norbert College/Hartford) and defender Jessica Hyde (College of St. Benedict/Waukesha Catholic Memorial) in their first-ever WPL matches, 2014 Most Improved Player Michelle Peltz (Cardinal Stritch University/Nicolet), and midfielder Callie O’Donnell (UW-Milwaukee).  MUSC’s next match is this Sunday at 11am at Doyne Park (53rd/Wells in Milwaukee) against Racine United in what is becoming a Father’s Day weekend tradition for the two clubs.

Posted June 19, 2015 by Scott in Uncategorized

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Our 2015 Roster (to date)   Leave a comment

After a LONG off-season that saw recruitment and scouting take a step backwards from previous years, we are able to tell our fans and supporters who will be playing for Milwaukee United Soccer Club this year in the Women’s Premier League.  Our roster includes six players from last year’s squad along with nine newcomers to MUSC.

Kara Casebolt – This year, Kara will be the team’s player/coach and leading all activities between the lines.  A 2014 graduate of Cardinal Stritch University, Kara played both defender and goalkeeper for the Wolves and helped to lead CSU into the Chicago Collegiate Athletic Conference playoffs her senior year.

Maria Stephans – One of Milwaukee United SC’s co-MVPs from the 2014 season, Maria will be counted on to provide leadership and attack-mindedness to the team’s midfield.  A junior at UW-Milwaukee, Maria served as a co-captain for the Panthers this past fall and contributed one goal and five assists from her holding midfield position.

Brandi Peltier – Milwaukee United’s other co-MVP from 2014, Brandi returns to the Owls following a stellar senior season at Ripon College.  Amassing 17 goals and nine assists for the Redhawks this past fall, Brandi closed out her college career as the school’s all-time leading goalscorer and finished #2 in Midwest Conference history in career goals (82) and points (186).

Paige Birschbach – Paige’s first season with MUSC proved to be the proper launching pad for her to excel in her freshman campaign at Ripon College.  Paige was named to the Midwest Conference’s first team and was an NSCAA All-Region selection after tallying 14 goals and 12 assists (including two hat tricks) to help lead the Redhawks to the Midwest Conference championship game.

Danielle Doucette – A junior at Cardinal Stritch University, Danielle brings experience on the defensive end of the field and is already testing the coaching waters for a career beyond her playing days, one we hope can blossom at the club.

Michelle Peltz – Also a junior at Cardinal Stritch, Michelle was MUSC’s most improved player in 2014 and is expected to build upon that this summer while competing for time at both midfield and defense.

Catherine Guttmann A 2011 graduate of Concordia University-Wisconsin, Catherine will provide an experienced hand to the squad as she assists Kara in managing the team and covers for her in goal on occasion.

Monica Stephans The first-ever pre-college player to take the field for Milwaukee United, Monica will join the squad once her senior season at Hartford Union High School is finished.  An incoming freshman at St. Norbert College, Monica was named to the WSCA All-State team in 2014.

Jessica Ochocki – The first player with ties to MUSC to move onto the college ranks, Jessica is the third of four forwards and six players overall from Ripon College on this year’s team.

Danielle Senger – The fourth Ripon College forward on the squad, Danielle comes to the Owls with experience at forward and center midfield.

Chelsey Abler – A senior at Ripon College, Chelsey returns to the field following a season off from the game and is expected to help anchor the back line.

Rachel Bautzmann – The last of the Ripon contingent, Rachel made 18 appearances for the Redhawks as a freshman and will be part of a new-look defensive core this summer at Milwaukee United.

Jessica Hyde – A player who knows what winning takes, Jessica joins MUSC on the heels of three straight WIAA state championships with Waukesha Catholic Memorial and a successful first season at the College of St. Benedict.

Michele Ripp – A graduate of UW-Whitewater, Michele brings a vast soccer-playing resume to the club and will be expected to contend for time on the flanks.

Gisel Romero – A graduate of Marquette University, Gisel returns to competitive play following some time away and will be a key cog in the club’s community outreach this summer.

With just 25 days until the scheduled season opener, we are looking to add another 6-8 players to this number.  If you would like to be part of our 2015 squad, head over to the WPL gateway and send us a note.

Posted May 12, 2015 by Scott in Uncategorized

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2015 Preview   Leave a comment

The 2015 Women’s Premier League season will start on June 6 and will be Milwaukee United Soccer Club’s third year in the competition.  After finishing mid-pack in 2013 and riding a perfect home record to a second-place finish in the WPL South division in 2014, the club is focused on securing a state playoff spot and continuing to grow toward the ideals of being an inclusive, highly-competitive women’s soccer organization.  The following is a quick Q-and-A regarding the roster to date and the foci for this year’s on-the-field pursuits.

Q: Where does the 2015 roster sit presently?

A: Currently, we have 14 players who are committed for the 2015 season.  We return 89% of our goalscoring from 2014, which should place us in good stead on the offensive side of the field.  One negative is that only five of our 20 players from 2014 will be back this year, so developing cohesion amongst the squad will be something to strive for as the season progresses.

Q: Any noticeable gaps in the roster?

A: With so few on the roster at the present time, we are thin at a number of positions.  We need to increase our depth across the board, then see how we might be able to convert players to spots on the field where we are most in need.

Q: What are the expectations for this year’s team?

A: I would expect that we will be able to compete for a place in the state playoffs.  I also expect that we will maintain our unblemished home record (4-0 over the first two WPL seasons) and that we will give up less goals than in 2014.

Q: What are the critical areas of the game that will be stressed this season?

A: As mentioned previously, on-field cohesion and chemistry will be a priority, as will the team’s off-field camaraderie.  Our newly-formed player leadership council will hopefully help us in both of those areas.  In terms of on-field play, we need to overcome the late-game stutter steps that led to giving up goals in the final 10 minutes of all but one of our 2014 matches, which in the end cost us the wild-card spot last season.  Also, more fluid play through all the lines and greater contributions across the roster will be a point of focus.

There is still time and space for you to be part of our 2015 season.  Head over to our 2015 WPL gateway to drop us a note and get on the road to being an Owl this summer.

Posted April 7, 2015 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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