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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.

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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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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