The annual battle for the “Milwaukee Cup” between UWM and Marquette has been going on since 1973 – the first season in Milwaukee soccer program history. The Panthers hold a commanding 25-7-3 all-time record in the series and have had possession of the cup since a 3-1 victory in October of 2004. Over the past three years, the team has defended the cup with a 4-0 win in 2005, a 3-2 win in 2006 and a 1-1 tie a year ago.
The last time the game was held at Engelmann Field, the fans jammed the stands to the tune of 3,256 people – breaking the former school attendance record by over 1,000.
That begs the question: Will you be there to see what tonight will bring?
Also, there are plenty of connections between the two current teams:
-The most obvious: MU head coach Louis Bennett coached at UWM from 1996 to 2005
-MU associate head coach Stan Anderson was on Bennett’s staff at UWM for 10 years
-MU assistant coach Steve Bode was a three-time captain and all-conference selection in a very distinguished career as a Panther from 2003-07
-MU starting goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski and forward Josh Curry were both redshirt freshmen on the Milwaukee roster during the 2005 season before transferring to Marquette following Bennett’s departure
-Current MU freshman Calum Mallace is the younger brother of UWM alum Craig Mallace, a four-year starter (2003-06) and two-time all-league selection for the Panthers
-Current MU junior Tim Jallow is the younger brother of UWM alum Antou Jallow, one of the most recognized players to ever take to the pitch at UWM from 2001-04, recording 133 points (second all-time) on the strength of a school-record 60 career goals
-UWM assistant coach Jesse Rosen spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Marquette before joining Milwaukee this year