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State of the City   Leave a comment

The first two Saturdays in May brought the eleven Milwaukee Public Schools girls’ soccer teams to South Stadium and Bradley Tech High School for a pair of divisional tournaments, with the Schissler (2nd) Division playing on May 2nd and the Williams (1st) Division on May 9th.  Small surprises came in the Schissler results (Milwaukee School of Languages’ JV team drawing their matches with Carmen and Bradley Tech’s varsities, Tech winning their pool and advancing to the final), but in the end South Division showed why they are fighting to be promoted to the Williams Division in 2016 with three solid victories to win the tournament (2-0 over Madison, 10-0 over Washington, and 4-0 over Tech in the final).  In the Williams tournament, pool play ran to form (King and Reagan swept their opponents), but in the final Reagan would pick up its first-ever win over King, 1-0.  The loss to Reagan was King’s first stumble against an MPS opponent since dropping a shootout to Pulaski in the 2007 City tournament final.  The tournaments shine for a brief moment a positive light on a soccer landscape within MPS that is struggling on so many levels and which affects all its schools in one way or another.

The state of girls’ soccer in the Milwaukee Public Schools has been for most of its existence a case of a couple of teams succeeding at the expense of the rest, as no school other than King or Riverside has won a conference championship and only a handful of schools able to develop and maintain a sustainable varsity-level program.  The disparity between the top and the bottom of the MPS pecking order is vast, but there are different issues of concern amongst those schools.  For the ones at the top, it’s about being competitive outside the bounds of the city.  The next tier’s issue is how to close the gap to those top schools.  Further down, foci may include how to replicate the success of the academically-centered schools in the top tier(s), how to utilize the school’s demographics and location to foster a “playing culture” as their program’s foundation (one that runs counter to the academically-driven model of advancement), or how to build their programs to survive and compete.

In MPS, much like in women’s soccer as a whole, money (or its equivalent) matters, mirroring the problems with “pay-to-play” in the private sports sector.   The schools with “resources” (be they financial, structural, human, or demographic) are able to do well, whereas those without such benefits are resigned to a less-successful existence.  Additionally, the bleeding of these resources (either from certain neighborhoods/school zones to others or outside the city borders) place an effective cap on the ability of most schools to rise through the ranks or to shake off a period of decline, not to mention the ability of those at the top to keep pace with their suburban competition.  Academics drive EVERYTHING when it comes to girls’ soccer success in MPS, with that factor drawing the aforementioned resources which allow certain schools to be successful.  Of the six teams in the Williams Division, all but one of them involve schools that are college-preparatory (King, Reagan, and Riverside) or have a niche academic focus (School of Languages, School of the Arts, MacDowell Montessori, and Meir Montessori; Arts and MacDowell co-op with Pulaski, Meir co-ops with Riverside).  Pulaski is holding its own in its first year in the upper division, utilizing its long-standing co-op agreement with School of the Arts and its recent one with MacDowell Montessori to bridge the gap to the three college-prep schools.  School of Languages’ niche existence is both a blessing and a curse.  Being a 6-12 school, MSL is able to run an effective middle school soccer program and thus develop a pipeline for its high school teams.  The school’s small size places it in Division 3 for WIAA tournament assignment, which has the potential to be a boon.  On the other hand, that small base of students combined with a lack of 9th-grade influx to the school makes them wholly dependent on the niche draw they have and the in-house pipeline.  Their boys’ team co-oped with Vincent this past fall, but the schools’ combined population moved MSL from Division 3 to Division 1 for the state tournament and thus defeats their position in the MPS landscape as its only program in either Division 3 or Division 4 for the WIAA tournament.

So where does this leave us?  I believe a girls’ soccer summit needs to be held, one that we’d be excited to host/moderate.  Stakeholders in the future of the game in Milwaukee should meet to discuss both our mutual concerns regarding soccer in the city as well as the unique challenges faced at our places in it.  Such stakeholders might include:  the eleven MPS schools (and their co-op partners) currently playing girls’ soccer as well as other schools that might have interest; parents of current (and future?) high school players; the Milwaukee Board of School Directors; and the Milwaukee Soccer Development Group.  These entities, coming together with a common desire to elevate girls’ soccer in MPS, hopefully would create a larger discussion about academics, life circumstances, and how to best help our girls advance their personal and professional goals through high school soccer and help their schools grow the game in MPS.  If you’d like to be involved, email us at


Posted May 12, 2015 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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2014 Season Preview   Leave a comment

Milwaukee United Soccer Club’s second season in Wisconsin’s Women’s Premier League begins this Saturday.  After an inaugural campaign which saw MUSC finish 2-3-1 and middle of the pack in the WPL’s South division, the front office worked in the off-season to add depth for the 2014 season.  With 14 newcomers joining 10 members of last season’s team, this year’s version of the Owls offers greater competition up and down the roster and greater positional flexibility on the field.  The 24 women on the opening day roster come to Milwaukee United from 10 colleges and universities in the Midwest and 15 different high schools in Southeastern Wisconsin.

Milwaukee United SC underwent a number of off-the-field changes this past fall and winter, not the least of which was handing the coaching reins for the WPL team to 2013 co-scoring leader Brenda Hernandez.  A four-year starter at Cardinal Stritch University, Hernandez led by example on last year’s team through tireless play and the willingness to do whatever was necessary to help the team achieve on the field.  Hernandez will be a player/coach this year, with administrative and on-the-field help coming from the front office and other post-college players on the team to make things flow in training and on game day.

This year’s captain is returning defender Katherine Oleniczak (St. Norbert College/Wauwatosa East), with incoming midfielder/forward Maria Stephans (UW-Milwaukee/Hartford) serving as her assistant.  Up front, the Owls have added three-time all-Midwest Conference selection Brandi Peltier (Ripon College/Hustisford) and Stephans to a returning core of players that accounted for 40% of last season’s scoring and 47% of last year’s points.  The team’s midfield contingent includes newcomers Katelyn Hronek (Lake Forest College/Wauwatosa West) and Anna Stadler (Cardinal Stritch University/Wauwatosa West) along with 2013 Most Improved Players Neysel Powell (Alverno College/Milwaukee School of Languages) and Heidi Hetzel (UW-Oshkosh/Sheboygan South).  The largest influx of talent comes on defense, with three members of Cardinal Stritch’s backline (Danielle Doucette, Michelle Peltz, and Samantha Read) coming aboard to join returning stalwarts Oleniczak and Kaitlin Malliet (St. Norbert College/DSHA).  In goal, the team will have the services of Kara Casebolt (Cardinal Stritch University/Racine Horlick) and Kristy Leopold (Southwest Minnesota State/Nicolet).

The Women’s Premier League will see 15 teams compete for the state championship across three divisions (North, South, and West), with Milwaukee United SC playing in the South division against a pair of teams from Croatian Eagles SC (Majors and U23), Racine United WPL, and Milwaukee Sport Club U23.  This season’s expectations are: to contend for the division title and make the four-team statewide playoffs; to have players improve both technically and tactically in their natural positions as well as develop increased playing ability in other positions on the field; and to offer our community a positive set of role models for future generations of players.  Given the additions to last year’s squad and the move to a more possession-oriented game that involves more players on the offensive side of the ball, we believe those goals are quite attainable.  Join us on Saturday at 11am at Doyne Park (53rd and Wells St. in Milwaukee) for the season opener against Racine United, where the Owls will seek to start 2014 on the front foot and begin the climb to a league title.


Posted June 12, 2014 by Scott in Uncategorized

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MPS Soccer Saturday   Leave a comment

This past Saturday saw all eleven girls’ soccer teams from Milwaukee Public Schools in action at the same location, Pulaski Stadium on the city’s south side.  The day started at 9am with the City Tournament, comprised of seven teams.  South Division would come out on top by defeating Madison 3-1 in the final after making their way past Washington (7-0) and Carmen (2-0 on penalty kicks following a 1-1 draw) in earlier rounds.  Following the City Tournament, the top four teams in MPS took the field to complete the two-day City Cup (semifinals were played on Friday afternoon at Bradley Tech).  The School of Languages defeated Hamilton 2-0 in the third-place match and Rufus King squeezed past Reagan 1-0 in the championship match.

Our analysis of the weekend:

*  There is legitimate soccer talent at every MPS school, but it is spread out piecemeal amongst most of them (the top two or three schools have a larger number of top players than those below them).

*  The biggest problem across ALL schools and teams is goalkeeping as there seems to be little training of the position by coaching staffs or commitment to it by players.  This might be an area where we can actually help sooner rather than later, with the possibility of a goalkeeping clinic over the summer utilizing our friends, partners, and current players to provide some fundamental skill development for all interested girls.

*  Reagan is on the ascendency and should eventually overtake Rufus King as the top soccer school within MPS.  They have a young squad that is nearly as skilled as King (King has greater program depth as results of the reserve sides’ matches this year indicate) and have lost by just one goal in each of the teams’ matches this year (3-2 on April 8 and 1-0 in the City Cup final).  Being a fairly new program in MPS, Reagan does not have the history of losing by lopsided scores to King that invokes fear before taking the field against them and the team radiates a certain level of hungriness that frankly is not evident in King’s players (I’d be happy to further explain this point if anyone wishes to know more).

*  Carmen has loads of potential to become a player in the city soccer ranks over the next few years (2014 is their first season as a varsity-level program, having co-oped with Bradley Tech before playing a stand-alone junior-varsity schedule last year) given the school’s demographics and the external soccer infrastructure of the area.

*  Madison has potential as well to grow into a program that can stir up trouble for the top schools in MPS.  Their pragmatic style of play allowed them to make the final on Saturday despite being out-skilled in their matches against Pulaski and Riverside.  Combined with solid coaching,  we believe that were they to get a couple of experienced players into the school (and onto the team), it would allow them to elevate their game and begin the process of becoming a team that is capable of holding its own against First Division opposition.

I had a couple of nice conversations with parents over the two tournament days, one with the mother of a King freshman defender and one with the father of a Reagan freshman midfielder.  Their sensibleness regarding their daughters’ play and overall game quality was fairly refreshing given how some parents can be in their pursuit of “the best for their child”.  These two young ladies are examples of the kind of players we pursue, those who are overlooked, underappreciated, or ignored by the traditional soccer community.  Even with actively-engaged parents and their willingness to be supports for their kid’s pursuits (financially and logistically), the internal culture of most clubs can create obstacles that are hard if not impossible to overcome and can do damage to these players’ desire to continue in the game.  I would welcome these two into our fold and hope our visit to King on Monday evening for their return match against Reagan will spur another conversation or two about who we are and what we want to do in Milwaukee.

Below is the list of results from the weekend:

City Cup
Friday (semis)
King 6 Hamilton 0
Reagan 1 Languages 0
Languages 2 Hamilton 0 (Third Place)
King 1 Reagan 0 (Championship)

City Tournament
First Round
South 7 Washington 0
Carmen 1 Tech 0
Madison 1 Pulaski 0
Winners Bracket
South 1 Carmen 1 (South advances 2-0 on PKs)
Madison 2 Riverside 0
Consolation Bracket
Tech 2 Washington 0 (Washington finishes 7th)
Pulaski 1 Tech 0 (fifth/sixth place)
South 3 Madison 1

Posted May 6, 2014 by Scott in Uncategorized

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2014 WPL Roster Release (Part I)   Leave a comment

After several months of scouting and player evaluation, Milwaukee United Soccer Club is pleased to announce the first portion of its roster for the 2014 Women’s Premier League season.  Returning from last year’s team are forwards Brenda Hernandez, Rasika Perera, and Leeah Rivas, along with midfielders Heidi Hetzel, Neysel Powell, and Ashley Saskowski.  New to the club in 2014 are midfielders Carly Herald, Katelyn Hronek, Casey Scheibengraber, and Maria Stephans, plus defenders Emily Ogas and Michelle Peltz.

Brenda Hernandez – A 2012 graduate of Cardinal Stritch University with a degree in art, Hernandez played four years for the Wolves following her high school career at Whitefish Bay Dominican.  Brenda led Milwaukee United in scoring in 2013 playing both forward and midfield for the club and is currently the librarian at Allen-Field Elementary School in Milwaukee.

Rasika Perera – A junior psychology major at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Perera tallied 21 goals for the Blue Angels over the past two seasons.  A graduate of Oak Creek High School, Rasika shared the Milwaukee United scoring title with Brenda Hernandez in 2013.

Leeah Rivas – A sophomore business management major at UW-Oshkosh, Rivas returns to Milwaukee United after a fall season where she helped the Titans advance to the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship game.

Heidi Hetzel – Rivas’ teammate at UW-Oshkosh and previous to that at Sheboygan South High School, Hetzel comes back to Milwaukee United after being named one of the club’s Most Improved Players in 2013.  A sophomore environmental studies major, Heidi made 19 appearances for the Titans this past fall.

Neysel Powell – Another one of MUSC’s Most Improved Players from the 2013 season, Powell returns to the club following an outstanding season at Alverno College where she played a variety of positions in contributing to the Inferno’s winningest campaign in school history.  A sophomore pre-law major, Neysel appeared in all 40 matches for the school in her two years there.

Ashley Saskowski – Vice-captain of the club’s Women’s Premier League team in 2013, Saskowski finished her intercollegiate career at St. Norbert College this past fall and will graduate in May with a degree in business administration.  A versatile player, Ashley contributed at forward, midfield, and defense for Milwaukee United in 2013 and was a key cog in pulling out the club’s 1-0 win over Madison 56ers Capitals.

Carly Herald – A junior public health major at Carroll University, Herald was named Honorable Mention All-Midwest Conference following her 2013 season for the Pioneers, one which was highlighted by a 35-yard overtime goal against defending conference champion Lake Forest on October 10th.

Katelyn Hronek – A freshman pre-vet major at Lake Forest College, Hronek played her high school soccer at Wauwatosa West.  In her first season with the Foresters, Katelyn converted from midfield to fill in at sweeper following injuries to the team’s backline and contributed two goals and two assists from her deep-lying post.

Casey Scheibengraber – Another newcomer to MUSC for 2014, Scheibengraber is a junior at Alverno College majoring in math education with a desire to teach in Milwaukee Public Schools in the future.  Like Powell and Emily Ogas, Casey attended Milwaukee School of Languages prior to Alverno, a pipeline that has seen at least one Hawk join the Inferno in each season since 2009.

Maria Stephans – A freshman pre-med major at UW-Milwaukee, Stephans brings a cabinet full of awards to the club from her time at Hartford Union High School, where she holds every scoring record for the Orioles and was named all-area player of the year three times in her four years at the school.

Emily Ogas – A freshman biology major at Alverno College, Ogas joins Milwaukee United after a fine first season for the Inferno where she played both outside back positions and center midfield.

Michelle Peltz – A freshman business management major at Cardinal Stritch University, Peltz played her prep soccer at Nicolet High School alongside 2013 MUSC Most Valuable Player Kristy Leopold and made nine appearances for the Wolves in the 2013 fall season.

Name Position College High School
Ashley Saskowski Midfield St. Norbert College West Allis Hale
Neysel Powell Midfield Alverno College Milwaukee School of Languages
Brenda Hernandez Forward Cardinal Stritch University Whitefish Bay Dominican
Maria Stephans Midfield UW-Milwaukee Hartford
Rasika Perera Forward Mount Mary College Oak Creek
Casey Scheibengraber Midfield Alverno College Milwaukee School of Languages
Katelyn Hronek Midfield Lake Forest College Wauwatosa West
Emily Ogas Defense Alverno College Milwaukee School of Languages
Heidi Hetzel Midfield UW-Oshkosh Sheboygan South
Leeah Rivas Forward UW-Oshkosh Sheboygan South
Michelle Peltz Defense Cardinal Stritch University Nicolet
Carly Herald Midfield Carroll University Wauwatosa East

Posted January 7, 2014 by Scott in Uncategorized

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2013 College Soccer Preview   Leave a comment

The 2013 college soccer season will be the first one where Milwaukee United Soccer Club will be sending players from its program back to campus and thus not just scouting prospective players for the organization.  Given our desire to expand to two teams for 2014, our watch list this fall is a little broader and stretches strategically beyond the borders of Milwaukee County.  Our preview will be broken down into the following sections:  our current players (along with their teams); incoming players; players we are continuing to scout from last year; and players from our expanded area of focus.

Our Current Players

We begin our preview with the players which comprised our Women’s Premier League team this past summer and the schools where they play during the academic year.  St. Norbert College, in De Pere, had three players on our team [Ashley Saskowski (West Allis Hale), Kaitlin Malliet (DSHA), and Katherine Oleniczak (Wauwatosa East)] and, alongside returning watch list players Kaitlin Schmitz (St. Thomas More) and Sarah Platzer (Whitefish Bay), will be trying to lead the Green Knights to supremacy of the Midwest Conference and an NCAA tournament berth this fall, having fallen to Lake Forest College in last year’s conference championship game.  Cardinal Stritch University, contributors of a team-high four players [Lourdes Gil (Milwaukee Bay View), Brittney Brown (Shorewood), Bre McDonald (Port Washington), and Cassie Braam (Port Washington)] to Milwaukee United, will be seeking a turnaround from last season’s 3-14 record and we hope the arrival on campus of watch list freshmen Anna Stadler (Wauwatosa West) and Danielle Doucette (Nicolet) will help the Wolves climb the Chicago Collegiate Athletic Conference standings.  The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh seeks to build upon last season’s middle-of-the-pack finish in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with returning MUSC players Jenna Lahmann (Wauwatosa West), Heidi Hetzel (Sheboygan South), and Leeah Rivas (Sheboygan South) being a part of the Titans’ advancement in 2013.  Meanwhile, Alverno College sees a fair number of new players joining MUSC Most Improved Player Neysel Powell (Milwaukee School of Languages) on the Inferno this fall, amongst them Emily Ogas (Milwaukee School of Langauges), Hayley Serketich (Greendale), and Samantha and Sarah Devcich (Franklin).  Last but certainly not least, MUSC Most Valuable Player Kristy Leopold (Nicolet) returns to Southwest Minnesota State University with an eye on the starting goalkeeper’s job for a team that just missed the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference playoffs in 2012.

Incoming Players

Every fall brings a new class of players to the college game and onto our radar.  This year, the notable first-year players on our watch list are Briana Pawlowski (St. Cloud State/Greendale), Megan Armstrong (Michigan Tech/Whitefish Bay), Sabelle Seabrook (Edgewood College/Wauwatosa West), Brooke Harty (Lakeland College/South Milwaukee), Megan Nitzsche (St. Mary’s University-MN/St. Thomas More), and Milwaukee School of Engineering’s Kait Riley (Brookfield East/Wauwatosa) and Sara Travia (Nicolet).

Returning Watch List Players

2012 saw us scout and follow more than 60 players and while not all of them joined us in our inaugural campaign, a number of them are still being watched by us with the hope of bringing them on-board for the summer of 2014.  Sarah Tompkins (Univ. of TN-Martin/Franklin) returns to campus for her senior season, as do Jessica Allemang (UW-Whitewater/Wauwatosa West), Chrissy Campbell (Western Illinois/Greendale), and Kinsey Campbell (Loras College/Greendale).  Other returning players we rate highly include Jenny Zima (Millikin University/Milw. Pius XI), Carly Herald (Carroll University/Wauwatosa East), and Abby Starker (Washington University-St. Louis/Whitefish Bay).

Our Expansion

With the plan to have two teams next summer, combined with the short roster we operated with this past year, it has become imperative that we cast our net wide enough that we are able to bring in the necessary number of players to make that plan a reality.  However, we are not just opening the doors and ignoring our primary mission of expanding playing opportunities for those who have been bypassed previously by other clubs.  Our expansion builds off the success we had with our players from Port Washington and Sheboygan by looking into other nearby but isolated communities of talent for new players.  We are also taking a closer look at players from mid-major Division I colleges who, though they might not fit within our prioritized geographic area, may bring something unique to the organization.  A few of the players in this expansion pool include Alex Piercy (Central Florida/Brookfield East), Maria Stephans (UW-Milwaukee/Hartford), Angie Mann (Central Michigan/Grafton), Hannah Groth (Stony Brook/Cedarburg), and Michelle Greeneway (Lake Forest/Sheboygan North).

A small note about attrition

Attrition is always a concern of ours, and this fall will see a noted drop-off in Milwaukee Public Schools graduates playing college soccer.  In 2012, 10 MPS graduates were on our watch list, but only 3 of the 9 with remaining eligibility are returning in 2013 [Gil, Powell, and Casey Scheibengraber (Alverno/Milwaukee School of Languages)] and just 2 new MPS graduates appear on 2013 rosters [Ogas and Elizabeth Terrones (Alverno/Milwaukee Reagan)].  Overall, 16 players on our 2012 watch list have called time on their college playing careers with 9 of 23 first-year players not returning for a second season.

Keep up-to-date with how these players do by following us on Twitter and Facebook, and by looking at our weekly schedule of matches.  We’re looking forward to great things from the more than 70 players on our list to date and wish them both team and individual success this fall.

Posted August 30, 2013 by Scott in Uncategorized

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