By: Bryan Giese
Milwaukee Torrent Women Win First Match In Team History
It was a night of firsts for the Milwaukee Torrent women. In their first match, they scored the team’s first ever goal and closed out their first ever win. North Shore United stood to be a great challenger, but this night belonged to the Torrent and a 1-0 victory.
Mariah Downs scored the first goal in team history at the 86 minute mark. Downs was able to corral a ball played over the top of the North Shore United backline and made a great run up the right side. After striking the ball low and to the left corner, Downs celebrated with a leap into her teammates arms.
“It feels great,” expressed Downs after the match. “I had to adjust to the physical aspect of the game. Once I did that, the game started to flow better for me.”
She wasn’t alone with trying to adjust to the game. The first half was full of nerves for many of the Torrent. It was an exciting time in team history and the women could sense it.
FIRST HALF NERVES
“The nerves left as soon as the whistle blew,” stated starting goalkeeper Adrianna Bratel. “But, I think I was more nervous than I usually am before a match.”
“We got some first game jitters out of the way,” explained Bratel, “but now we can focus on learning how to play together.”
“After we got through the first half, and we collected ourselves, we played much better,” said Kerry Geocaris.
Bratel would combine with second half keeper, Sara Klimisch for the Torrent’s first ever clean sheet.
Klimisch spoke after the game, “We all worked very hard for one another to earn both this win and clean sheet tonight. This feels amazing, but I’m excited for what the rest of the season has in store for us.”
SECOND HALF CONFIDENCE
In the second half the Torrent women came out much more confident. North Shore United seemed to possess more initially during the half, until Milwaukee began to work together to break down the backline.
Torrent Women’s Head Coach, Mark Litton remarked after the match, “They (North Shore United) played a high back line all night and pressed us all over the field. Since we haven’t had much time to gel as a unit, it took some work for us to figure out how to break them down. This was a good, scrappy win for us tonight. We will enjoy this one, and look to build off our mistakes.”
“The support from the fans and the coaching staff is unbelievable,” expressed Sara Klimisch. “Thank you to everyone that came out tonight and has supported us along the way.”
Team Captain, Robyn Elliott spoke after the match. “It feels amazing to get our first game, let alone a home game under our belts as a win. Now we can build on the mentality that we don’t lose at home.”
The Torrent women will look to continue their success when they travel to North Shore United on May 23.