By: Bryan Giese
Spring in Wisconsin is always an adventure. Friday nights friendly against a combination of Elmbrook United U19 and U23 teams was no different. After a first half of pouring rain and a second that was filled with fury of goals, the Milwaukee Torrent prevailed 8 to 1.
After some last minute roster changes to the starting lineup, and the wet field conditions the Torrent came out playing for possession. The backline, for the second straight match, came out playing as a solid unit. Newly signed Hector Portillo flanked Stuart Grable’s right. Danny Chamale of the Milwaukee Wave joined the team for the night and got the start at right back. Together they demonstrated the team chemistry that is starting to become obvious.
In the 43 minute that chemistry was rewarded. Till Lammertz made a run up the right sideline and played a cross to a sliding Andrew Wiedabach, who netted the first goal of the match. It was a well-placed ball into the box after Torrent central midfielder; Drew Ruggles changed fields playing a great ball back to Chamale who pressed the Elmbrook defense.
SECOND HALF ACTION
Coming out in the second half, Elmbrook found a way to put some sustained pressure on the Torrent defense. Goalkeeper Augie Rey, coming off a shortened effort due to an ankle injury, stood tall making five saves in a span of ten minutes. Rey was able to move laterally and push off on that ankle to make stops without aggravating it further.
Assistant Coach, Mark Litton said after the match, “We were broken down defensively several times in the second half and Augie came up with several point blank saves to keep Elm Brook off the board. That was the difference between being up 4-0, or scrambling at 4-3. Last season we would have probably been 4-3 at that point. Augie had raised the level of quality in the goal already this season. He’s going to be a difference maker this season.”
The coaching staff utilized the final 30 minutes of the match to further evaluate some tryout players. After a header by Isaac Pereyra found the back of the net, giving the Torrent a three goal lead, the tryout players tallied five more goals. The Torrent closed out the cold, rainy evening with a solid 8:1 effort.