By: Bryan Giese
As many supporters of the Milwaukee Torrent already know, they are expanding this season. 2018 is the inaugural season for the Milwaukee Torrent Women’s team. They are scheduled to play at least 12 matches, plus an inter-squad match with the men’s team as part of this year’s Fan Fest held on June 17 at Hart Park. The Women’s team will be participating in the North Conference of the Central Region within the WPSL (Women’s Premier Soccer League).
The WPSL provides the highest level of amateur women’s soccer in the United States. Rosters for the WPSL teams are made up of collegiate, post-collegiate, stand-out prep athletes, and international talent, but because the rosters contain collegiate athletes, teams will not be allowed to release player names until May, due to NCAA rules.
The Milwaukee Torrent roster currently has 22 players signed to it. For details on players that have been released to the public, like Robyn Elliott, Aubrey Krahn, Kerry Geocaris, and many more, see our previous article entitled “Fresh Faces of the Torrent.” The Milwaukee Torrent are looking forward to announcing more names in the future, but must follow the rules of the NCAA.
The WPSL is entering it’s twenty first season, and with this seasons expansion teams, the league is now over 110 clubs strong. The WPSL now covers 33 of the 50 states, with one team located in Western Canada. Represented in 38 of the 39 largest metropolitan areas in the US, the WPSL is divided into four regions. Each region has either three or four conferences.
North Conference Teams
Within the North Conference, the Milwaukee Torrent will be joined by Chicago City SC, Minnesota Fire 98 FC, Minnesota Twin Stars, Dakota Fusion FC, and the Chicago Red Stars Reserves. Each team will play two matches against every team in the conference, one home and one away. Milwaukee begins their conference schedule on the road against Minnesota Fire 98 FC on May 26. After two roads matches to begin conference play, the Torrent women open their home conference schedule at Hart Park on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 5pm.
Prior to conference play however, the Milwaukee Torrent women will be in action with some friendly matches. Two friendlies have been announced thus far, with more to come later. The Torrent will host North Shore United on Monday, May 14 at 8pm and on May 23 at 7pm.
In order for a team to have a chance at being the league champion they must first win their conference championship. Conference champions advance on to the regional championship, with those champions playing in a semi-final and single elimination bracket format to ultimately crown the WPSL 2018 Jerry Zanelli Cup Champion.
The anticipation for the inaugural season of Torrent Women’s soccer is soaring. Be sure to come out and support the highest level of women’s sport in the state.