In the last two weeks of April, the FC Wisconsin Spring Team played great matches against collegiate sides UW-Parkside and UW-Eau Claire.
UW-Parkside is a NCAA Division 2 program in Kenosha, with eight NCAA Division II NCAA tournament qualifiers, eight Great Lakes Valley Conference titles (5 conference and 3 regular season). Coach Troy Fabiano (now head coach at UW-Milwaukee) was the head coach for many years, before Coach Brittany Nikolic took over 2 years ago to continue the program’s success.
FC Wisconsin started strongly in the match, with good possession in the first 15 minutes but few chances created from it. Lindsey Weiss finally opened the scoring in the 20th minute through a nice combination play with Emma Jaskaniec. Weiss doubled the advantage 10 minutes later, but Parkside struck back with a 25 yard blast in the 35th minute. FC Wisconsin extended the lead just before halftime in what was a well played and entertaining half. The second half saw Parkside increase their pressure, pinning FC Wisconsin deep and creating several chances. Parkside closed the gap to one goal in the 80th minute, and the game finished 3-2.
UW-Eau Claire is a NCAA Division 3 program with a history of success in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Coach Sean Yengo has been the head coach for 22 years, leading the team to five NCAA Tournament appearances. Eau Claire took the lead in the match on a corner kick in the 15th minute, which sparked an immediate response from FC Wisconsin. The possession advantage that had been enjoyed by FC Wisconsin since the start, but with casual mentality in finishing, turned into two quick goals from Emma Jaskaniec to take the lead. FC Wisconsin added another goal before halftime, and the second half saw a dominant FC Wisconsin team press and create multiple chances and goals.
“It is always a great opportunity when our players can compete against collegiate teams,” said coach Christian Lavers. “It is great for them to see where they match up against older players and teams at different levels, and the games always present new challenges for them to solve.”
The FC Wisconsin Spring Team will play NAIA team Cardinal Stritch in May to finish their collegiate match schedule.