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The Wisconsin women's soccer team was featured in two great articles this week. Read up on your favorite women's soccer team before they take on the Green Bay Phoenix tonight at 7 p.m. at Aldo Santaga Stadium in Green Bay, Wis.
Wisconsin sophomore Monica Lam-Feist (Surrey, British Columbia) and former Badger Amy Vermeulen (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), who finished her career in 2005, competed for the United Soccer League's W-League title on Saturday in Santa Clarita, Calif.
After an impressive run for the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) National title, the FC Milwaukee Nationals fell 2-1 to the Boston Aztec Breakers Reserves in the WPSL National Semifinal game in Richardson, Texas, on Saturday and Tied the Oklahoma Alliance FC on Sunday.
In its first season with the WPSL, the Nationals boast Wisconsin junior Laurie Nosbusch and sophomores Alyssa Vogel, Lindsey Johnson and Joana Bielefeld. Despite falling to Boston Aztec, Nosbusch, who captains the Nationals, scored the team's lone goal to make the score 2-1 and prevent a shutout.
Wisconsin junior Laurie Nosbusch (Mequon, Wis.) and sophomores Alyssa Vogel (Germantown, Wis.), Lindsey Johnson (Sussex, Wis.) and Joana Bielefeld (Brookfield, Wis.) will compete for the national Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) title with the FC Milwaukee Nationals (10-1-0) this weekend.
Nosbusch, who captains the Nationals, will lead the Midwest Championship squad against the Boston Aztec Breakers Reservers (10-1-1) in the first WPSL semifinal game on Saturday at 5 p.m. (CT) in Richardson, Texas.
It has been a very productive week in the office for me. It has been very quiet with both my assistants out of town, but my staff assistants, Sue and Lori, have kept me entertained all week (along with the World Cup).
The World Cup has been fantastic, and you have to assume the second round games will be more entertaining as teams have to get results. I was shocked, as everyone was, to see Spain lose to Switzerland but that truly is the nature of our sport.
Sometimes I get to do the coolest things as a coach, and Tuesday was one of those times. Yesterday the Wisconsin coaching staff went to Milwaukee for Badger Days, and we had the opportunity to be on the field at Miller Park before the Brewers game against the Cubs. If you are not from the Midwest, you have to understand that it's a big game when the Brewers play the Cubs, as there is no love lost between the two teams. It was a great game, but more importantly, it was a great athletic atmosphere.
Wow! What a weekend! It was very nice to have two days off, and I truly enjoyed my vacation. I was speaking with a friend, and I mentioned how I enjoyed the time off and I felt refreshed after a vacation. She immediately said, well what you experienced was what most people call a weekend. Free weekends are so rare that they generally feel like vacations. I am off this weekend to a very big tournament in New Jersey, so I won't have the opportunity to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend. I will get the chance, however, to see my family for a very short amount of time (which in their eyes is probably just enough time). I am excited to experience one of my favorite places back east, Wegman's. If you aren't from the Northeast you might not know what Wegman's is, but it is an awesome grocery store that I love to shop at. I know what you are thinking, how exciting can a grocery store be? Well, for me it's about getting new ideas for cooking and buying fresh food. I love it!
Madison is having some of the most amazing weather right now, and it's hard for me to sit in the office when it looks so beautiful outside. I am excited for this weekend, as it is one of my first weekends off in a very long time.
It's been awhile, and I know I have been slacking. I have been all over the country over the past two weeks, and I have not found time to catch up on my blog. First and foremost, I have to wish all the mothers out there a very happy and belated Mother's Day. Even though I was on the soccer field all day in Temecula, Calif., I found the time to call my mother and wish her a very happy Mother's Day.
My mother has always been my biggest supporter, and I don't remember her ever missing a game when I was palying in high school and club soccer. Her and my father would leave at 3 a.m. in the morning to drive to Amherst, Mass., to watch me play in college, and sometimes drive home the same day (a total of 14 hours of driving). I have been blessed with great and supportive parents, and I know I would not be where I am today without their love, support, and sometimes honest evaluation of my playing and coaching!