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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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2014 College Soccer Awards   Leave a comment

Best XI (alphabetical):  Paige Birschbach, Ripon College; Taylor Blazei, Tennessee Tech; Michelle Greeneway, Lake Forest College; Katelyn Hronek, Lake Forest College; Brandi Peltier, Ripon College; Samantha Read, Cardinal Stritch University; Brianna Reid, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; Kaitlin Schmitz, St. Norbert College; Anna Stadler, Cardinal Stritch University; Maria Stephans, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Jenna Woodson, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Player of the Year:  Michelle Greeneway, Lake Forest College

Rookie of the Year (first-year player):  Paige Birschbach, Ripon College

Freshman of the Year:  McKenna Kowalski, Concordia University of Wisconsin


Posted November 11, 2014 by Scott in Uncategorized

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Player Evaluation   Leave a comment

In 2010, we wrote a document on scouting which laid out how we evaluate players and the criteria we use.  With us continuing to watch new college players as well as those who have been part of MUSC in past seasons, that document is outdated.  A more numeric, less-subjective system became necessary to adequately measure players against each other and against a simple scale.  Thus, we determined that players needed to be graded on skill (physical, technical, and mental), “heart” (the less-measurable aspects of the game), and intangibles (leadership ability, positional flexibility, value on the field), with the categories weighted 55%/30%/15%.  The scale runs from 1-10 in increments of half-points (e.g. 7, 7.5, 8, etc.).  For our 2014 Women’s Premier League team, the 19 players we are considering for our two 2015 teams scored in a range from 7.2 to 9.85, with the majority of players between 7.9 and 8.5.  We have set benchmarks for experience (two years of college play), skill (7.5), heart (8), and average score (7.500) that a player must meet or exceed in order to be eligible to play for our “core” team, with those not part of the core who meet the standards eligible to be “called-up” on an as-needed basis but who would play for our “pool” team.  Below are brief synopses of four players we scouted in past years (two from 2012, two from 2013; all names, schools, and other identifiable information have been redacted).

Player A:  Second-year player at forward.  Overall score in grey area (between 7.5 and 8), minimum score on skill, above the bar in heart.  Works better with dynamic players alongside her (right/left midfield, forward partner) but has excellent speed and ability to draw away defenders.  Right now, would be slotted for “pool” but could get opportunities with the “core” due to absences/injury.

Player B:  Experienced center midfielder.  Above the bar in all areas, capable of playing more attacking or more defensive role, either alongside a partner or ahead/behind other center midfielder.  Possession-oriented, doesn’t commit turnovers or try to make more out of a play than is there.  Would make “core” and be in the mix for first XI selection.

Player C:  First-year player used at forward, outside midfielder, and center midfielder (attacking role in a diamond).  Meets the minimums in all scored areas, though heart score is just at the bar.  Moves around well to find the ball and make things happen with it.  Would play for “pool” team, but with proper development in summer would be able to move up to “core” next year.

Player D:  First-year player at forward.  Minimums in component areas, just over the minimum in overall score.  Good height, uses it to provide for outlet when up top.  Moves away from the center to open up space for others and to commit defenders elsewhere.  “Pool” for this summer and a bit of a project to develop into a player that makes the “core” in the future.

With six weeks (or so) left in the college soccer regular season, there will be more evaluations and constant grading of players as we work to find the right 41-43 women for our 2015 teams and start the course for bringing a WPL title to Milwaukee United Soccer Club.


Posted September 23, 2014 by Scott in Club Philosophy

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College Season Update   Leave a comment

Now that almost every team has played a third of their schedule, it’s time to parse through the stats and see how the watch list is doing.  So far in 2014, the 47 field players we are following has accumulated 37 goals and 27 assists for 101 points.  Leading the pack is Paige Birschbach (Ripon College/Campbellsport) with six goals and seven assists for 19 points, followed closely by Michelle Greeneway (Lake Forest College/Sheboygan North) with 18 points (eight goals, two assists) and Brandi Peltier (Ripon College/Hustisford) with 17 points (seven goals, three assists).  Birschbach and Peltier’s teammate at Ripon, Jessica Ochocki (Cedarburg), is part of a trio of players [the others being UW-Whitewater’s Brianna Reid (Oak Creek) and St Norbert College’s Kaitlin Schmitz (St. Thomas More)] with three goals on the season.  Players from our 2014 Women’s Premier League team have combined for 14 goals and 16 assists (44 points), the bulk coming from Birschbach and Peltier.  Maria Stephans (UW-Milwaukee/Hartford) has contributed three assists to her school’s early-season efforts and Anna Stadler (Cardinal Stritch University/Wauwatosa West) scored a goal in the Wolves’ opening match against Viterbo.

Are there players you know about that we should know about?  Drop us a note at our player gateway page.  We’re looking to have a two-team pool of approximately 41-43 players for the 2015 WPL season and are on the lookout for women who have the drive, discipline, and skill to wear the club colors with pride.  Our hope is to have more players in contact with us before the turn of the year, which will lead to finalizing the two teams and how players will be allocated earlier than this past year.

Coming soon: a set of interviews with players from the watch list.

Posted September 16, 2014 by Scott in Uncategorized

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2014 College Soccer Preview   1 comment

The 2014 college soccer season kicks off in full force this weekend when most schools will be in action (NCAA Division II teams will begin their schedules next week).  As you know from past years, our season preview focuses on players we’re scouting, their teams, and other notable trends from our online research of rosters.  This year, 16 players from our 2014 Women’s Premier League team return to campus, eager to build upon their 2013 college campaigns and incorporate some of their summer learning to their play.  We’ll start with them, then move onto freshmen of note and a set of new prospects we’ll be watching in light of our planned 2015 expansion.

2014 Milwaukee United SC co-Most Valuable Player Maria Stephans (Hartford) returns to UW-Milwaukee for her sophomore season having earned a starting spot at central midfield for the Panthers and being named one of the squad’s captains. Further north, 2014 co-MVP Brandi Peltier (Hustisford) kicks off her senior season at Ripon College alongside MUSC teammate Paige Birschbach (Campbellsport), where they hope to elevate the Redhawks into the Midwest Conference tournament for the first time in school history and Peltier goes after her fourth straight 20-goal season.  Some of their summer teammates, however, will plan to have a bit of say in whether either of those accomplishments are reached, as Katelyn Hronek (Wauwatosa West) at Lake Forest College and the St. Norbert College duo of Katherine Oleniczak (Wauwatosa East) and Kaitlin Malliet (DSHA) will be pressing to return their teams to the top of the conference standings (Lake Forest won the MWC in 2012, St. Norbert in 2013).  Cardinal Stritch University sees five members of our summer team (Danielle Doucette, Anna Stadler, Michelle Peltz, Cassie Braam, and Samantha Read) come back to campus with the expectation of earning a second consecutive Chicago Collegiate Athletic Conference playoff berth.  Alverno College will have three Owls in the fold (Neysel Powell, Casey Scheibengraber, Amber Thomas) as the Inferno search for their first-ever winning season after going 10-10 last fall.  Lastly, lifelong friends and teammates Heidi Hetzel and Leeah Rivas (Sheboygan South) will attempt to lead UW-Oshkosh to a Wisconsin Intercollgiate Athletic Conference championship after coming second to UW- Whitewater in both the regular season standings and the conference tournament in 2013.

Every year brings a new class of players to college campuses near and far.  This year is no exception, with potential 2015 Owls joining some of our above-mentioned players at Ripon (Jessica Ochocki, Cedarburg), Cardinal Stritch (Flor Corra, Milwaukee St. Anthony), and UW-Milwaukee (Olivia Wright, DSHA, and Emily Senger, Waukesha North).  Other players of note that are beginning their college careers this year include goalkeeper Nina Pantich (Greendale Martin Luther) at Concordia University-Ann Arbor, Jacki Quast (Hartland Arrowhead) at Longwood University, Sarah Watts (DSHA) and Taylor Koepke (Germantown) at St. Cloud State, Kristin Bronikowski (DSHA) at Carroll, and Jessica Hyde (Waukesha Catholic Memorial) at the College of St. Benedict. As part of a planned expansion to two teams for the 2015 WPL season, we are reaching out to players who have been unable to find suitable playing opportunities either due to a lack of numbers coming through the ranks at their previous club or the club not offering WPL play.  Amongst the prospects from this outreach are UW-Milwaukee’s Taylor Swittel (Brookfield East) and Abbey Hoerchner (Kettle Moraine Lutheran), UW-Whitewater’s Jenna Woodson (Menomonee Falls), and Taylor Blazei (Slinger) from Tennessee Tech.

In all, this year’s player pool is a little more targeted toward where we as a club want to go in 2015 and geared toward making both our expansion to two teams a reality and focusing on taking the on-field product to the next level after two seasons around the .500 mark (2-3-1 in 2013, 3-2-1 in 2014).  Behind the numbers, however, lies a down year for the area in terms of sending players to the next level.  The most disturbing thing that came from our online scouting is that there is not a single Milwaukee Public Schools class of 2014 graduate playing this fall (the three MPS players at Alverno make up the entirety of the district’s involvement in the college game this year).  That said, one positive trend is the breadth of schools where this year’s freshman class has gone.  New schools on our scouting schedule include Longwood (Va.), UW-Platteville, Concordia (MI), and Concordia (WI), with Beloit and St. Cloud State returning to our list after several years off it.  You can follow all the players we’re watching and keep up with their teams by bookmarking our weekly schedule.  Our first in-person scouting trip of the season will be this afternoon when we’ll be at MSOE to see them take on St. Norbert College, with kickoff at 5pm.

Posted August 29, 2014 by Scott in Uncategorized

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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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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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