Monday, June 23, 2014

8 Things About Sarah Hagen

As former Panther standout Sarah Hagen continued her training with the U.S. Women's National Team last week, the team put together a video to help people get to know the rising star.

While many of her answers will come as no surprise to Panther fans who saw her play, take a look and see what "Apple" had to say.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Litton Heading Overseas With U.S. Futsal National Team

Mark Litton, one of the assistants for the Milwaukee men's soccer team, is also the assistant for the U.S. Futsal National Team. Sounds like soccer, but what exactly is that, you ask?

According to its website, futsal (Five-a-Side Soccer) is "The Way the World Plays Indoor Soccer" and is the international form of indoor soccer approved by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). It is played in all continents of the world by over 100 countries with 12 million players. The term FUTSAL is the international term used for the game. It is derived from the Spanish or Portuguese word for "soccer", FUTbol or FUTebol, and the French or Spanish word for "indoor", SALon or SALa and it was first used by U.S. Futsal in 1987. U.S. Futsal President Alex Para, lobbied to FIFA to have the name Futsal used for the game, until that time FIFA had used the name Indoor Soccer and Five-a-Side Soccer. FIFA took up the name in 1989.

It is, essentially, a modified form of soccer played with five players per side on a smaller, typically indoor, field.

Here is the information on the trip, courtesy of www.wisconsinsoccercentral.com:

The U.S. Futsal national team, led by former Milwaukee Wave coach Keith Tozer, will return to England in June to defend its Four Nations Tournament title.

The Americans will face Qatar on June 5, Cyprus on June 6 and England on June 8 at the tournament in Newcastle. Last year, the U.S. edged England 2-1, routed Malaysia 8-1 and doubled up Poland 4-2 to win the event.

UW-Milwaukee men's goalkeeper coach Mark Litton (Racine St. Catherine's/UW-Parkside) is Tozer's assistant on the U.S. squad. The roster for the tournament hasn't been announced, but likely will include current or former Wave players.

The American team will train in Milwaukee ahead of the tournament, starting May 30, and could be back in town for a match later in June.

In its article earlier this month about Tozer parting ways with the Wave after 22 years, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that plans were being made for the U.S. Futsal team to face France in a match to coincide with the beginning of the World Cup, which starts June 12 in Brazil. The French Football Federation website confirmed that its futsal team will be playing in the U.S. this summer.

Tozer, the winningest coach in professional indoor soccer history with a 528-282 record in 27 seasons, now operates K. Tozer Soccer Academy. He was named the U.S. Futsal national team interim coach in 1996 and was promoted to head coach in 1998.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Former Panther Student-Athlete Hired at Holy Cross

Ricky Babcock, a former baseball player at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, has been hired as the assistant director of athletic facilities at the College of Holy Cross.

Click HERE to read the full release.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Hagen Earns First National Team Cap

Former Milwaukee women's soccer standout Sarah "Apple" Hagen earned her first cap with the U.S. Women's National Team Friday in a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Sweden as part of the Algarve Cup in Portugal.

While the loss is obviously disappointing, the future looks bright for Hagen, who came on in the 81st minute and helped create numerous dangerous chances against a stingy Swedish defense, nearly creating the equalizer.

U.S. Soccer caught up with head coach Tom Sermanni, Hagen and a few other players following Friday's match from Portugal.


Friday, February 28, 2014

Milwaukee Seeding Scenarios

It's actually pretty straightforward for the Panthers as they look toward next week's league tournament. Three of the four possibilities put Milwaukee as the fifth seed, with two scenarios where Detroit is the opponent and two where Youngstown State would come to Milwaukee.

The four possibilities:

Clinches No. 5 seed with YSU win AND Detroit loss
UWM, YSU finish 7-9; teams split regular season, 1-1. UWM owns the best win moving down standings with 1-1 record vs. Green Bay
Milwaukee 5th, Youngstown 6th, Oakland 7th and Detroit 8th

Clinches No. 5 seed with Oakland win AND Detroit win
UWM, OU, DET finish 7-9; UWM is 3-1 vs. OU/DET, OU is 2-2 vs. UWM/DET, DET is 1-3 vs. UWM/OU
Milwaukee 5th, Oakland 6th, Detroit 7th and Youngstown 8th

Clinches No. 5 seed with Oakland win AND Detroit loss
UWM, OU finish 7-9; Milwaukee swept Oakland in regular season
Milwaukee 5th, Oakland 6th, Youngstown 7th and Detroit 8th

Clinches No. 6 seed with YSU win AND Detroit win
UWM, YSU, DET finish 7-9; teams all have 2-2 records vs. each other. UWM, DET both 1-1 vs. GB, 0-2 vs. CSU, 1-1 vs. WSU. DET is 1-1 vs. Valpo, UWM 0-2. YSU eliminated from tie-breaker due to 0-2 record vs. GB
Detroit 5th, Milwaukee 6th, Youngstown 7th and Oakland 8th

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Postgame Report: Cleveland State at Milwaukee

Game #26 – Milwaukee 90, Cleveland State 78

Full Recap and Stats

Player Of The Game: Angela Rodriguez was terrific. At the start of the game, when she wasn't scoring, she was continuously finding teammates with great passes for easy baskets. At one point, she had 9 assists and 0 turnovers when the game was still yet to be decided. She finished with 26 points and 10 assists for the fourth points/assists double-double of her career - and third this season.

Rodriguez joined Scott Warras following the contest as his "Star of the Game", hear that interview HERE.

Play of the Game: The game was back-and-forth from the start, with 10 lead changes in the first half alone. In case there was any doubt about the second half and the victory, the Panthers took care of it with - what else - the three-point shot. When CSU seemed to be giving things one final run in the second half, trimming the lead back under 10 for the final time - UWM responded with a triple from Emily Decorah and one from Rodriguez on back-to-back possessions to extend the lead back to 15 and take care of business.

Key Stats: The Panthers shot close to 50 percent and won a few key statistical areas. They tallied a 43-40 advantage in rebounds - the first time they won the rebounding battle in 9 games. They also had just 9 turnovers compared to 21 assists. The turnover story was key. They had just one in the first half and only a handful until the final minutes when the Vikings continued to press with the game out of hand.

News and Notes: Freshman Bre'Zall Warren set a career-high with 17 points - topping the former mark of 13 that she set twice earlier this season. Rodriguez netted 26 points to reach 1,501 in her career - just the 6th UWM player to score 1500-plus in program history.

Up Next: It's off to Ohio for a final matchup against Wright State, a team that just happens to now be part of the three-way tie at the top of the Horizon League standings at 9-3.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Porcaro Featured in "IAMUWM" Video

Junior Mike Porcaro of the Milwaukee baseball team was the latest student-athlete to be featured in an IAMUWM video spotlight on UW-Milwaukee's homepage.

Watch it here: