Torrent Falls On The Road To North Shore United
The Torrent Women had their final friendly of the preseason Wednesday evening. They would travel to North Shore United in Cedarburg for a final match up before the Torrent Women open up their WPSL season this Saturday in Minnesota.
“This second game with North Shore United was less about results and more about final evaluation of players” stated Coach Litton in a post-game interview. “5 additional players finally joined the team this week and we only had 2 days to prepare as a full squad. I used tonight as an opportunity to see these ‘new’ players in action. I also wanted to test out a few players in new positions, to help create some depth in several positions where we have some limitations. Overall, it was the final look that I needed to be able to confidently put together our starting lineup for Saturday’s open match in the WPSL.”
The first half was controlled by the Torrent. However they were not able to find the back of the net. In the 31 minute it would be North Shore United that would net the first and only goal of the half.
In the second half, the Torrent came out with almost an entirely different look from the first half, as several of the newer players were inserted into the line-up. They were able to maintain early possession and control the opening moments of the game. But with only a few days training together, the lack of chemistry was understandable. Their timing on runs up the wings and into the middle was a bit off, but the talent level on this team is clear. At the end of this highly competitive match, the Torrent Women were unfortunately handed a 3-0 loss. As are the results of most friendlies, the Torrent women learned more about themselves in defeat then they did in victory.
“We learned tonight what each of us needs to work on individually,” explained goalkeeper Sara Klimisch. “We also have a good understanding of what the team needs to get better at.”
“North Shore United was a great test for us as they are very well organized, well coached, and have played together at a high competitive level for some time now.” said Coach Litton. “It was important for us to be tested by a good team as we’re trying to find our shape, balance, and rhythm as a team. Even with the loss, I look at this as a win because you can’t replicate this level of intensity in a training session. I want to thank my good friend Joe Hammes and his North Shore United coaching staff for coordinating these important friendlies for us.”
The Milwaukee Torrent Women travel to St Paul, Minnesota on Saturday for their first league match. The Fire 95 will look to spoil the trip, but the Torrent are confident. The talent is here, the heart is here. The Torrent look to use those things in order to bring three points home with them this weekend.