WAVE SAVE THE DAY AS THEY DEFEAT UTICA CITY FC 5-3
Fresh off their intense win over the Kansas City Comets, The Milwaukee Wave welcomed Utica City Football Club with open arms and a tight defense. The Wave is currently second in the Eastern MALS division behind only the Florida Tropics. The black turf of the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena was hot in anticipation of tonight’s win.
Final Score: Milwaukee Wave 5, Utica City FC 3
Derek Huffman tapped off the Wave at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena today as they hosted Utica City Football Club. After an unfortunate start, Alex Bradley soared to the rescue, on Superhero and Princess Day, scoring the Wave’s first goal, tying it up 1-1, end of the first quarter. With great intensity comes great responsibility, and great Wave handles. Rookie players Azcueta, Lawal, and Sanchez further proved to the Wave fans that they are in the right place winning 2v1 possessions and creating attacking plays repeatedly. Oliveira scored to one-up UCFC’s relentlessness, bringing the score to 2-1, Wave, at the end of the half.
Bradley, creating a true superhero reputation for himself, flew a third Wave goal into the net, 3-2, Wave. With more soaring and twirling from the Wave players, they seem to have dropped their second-half funk and reclaimed it as their territory. The third quarter ended 3-3, all tied up once again. Oliveira flew his second goal from the corner bringing the lead back home, 4-3, Wave. Shortly after, he nailed in his third to make a hattrick and end the game 5-3, Wave.
“Thanks everyone for coming our tonight, Utica loves playing in front of a crowd… They brought their A-game.” Said Head Coach Giuliano Oliviero “We were close a few times, but Willie Banahene really came up for us. “.
Willie was named the Hardest Working Player of the Game alongside Luan Oliveira. Luan scored three of the five goals for the Wave. “We’re on the right track, we kept the game a little bit closer, not the ups and downs of the last few games. We’re learning.” Luan Oliveira said. Banahene clocked 14 saves. “Everyone says they have the best fans, but we actually have the best fans in the MASL.” said William Banahene, “This isn’t a position where you get all the glory.”, but he was given the glory today with his amazing effort.
Upcoming on February 10th, the Wave will face St. Louis Ambush at The Family Arena in Missouri. You can watch the game live and for free on Twitch.
In two weeks, on February 19th, Utica City Football Club will host the Milwaukee Wave at The Adirondack Bank Center in Utica, New York.
Tickets are available at MilwaukeeWave.com or the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena Box Office before kick-off for future home games.