Kim Brandao, entering her first year as head coach of Phoenix women’s soccer, announced her 2015 schedule this week. It opens with home exhibition games at 2 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 9) vs. Viterbo and 6 p.m. next Wednesday vs. Northern Illinois. Following a road trip including the regular-season opener Aug. 21 at Northern Iowa, the first official home action is 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28 vs. St. Mary’s (Calif.).
Lauren Sesselmann has started two of three matches for unbeaten Canada in the Women’s World Cup. A graduate of Purdue University, the defender has played professionally in the United States and was a regular for the Canadian national team that won bronze at the 2012 Olympics. Sesselmann, 31, grew up in Green Bay and was an assistant coach for the Phoenix women’s soccer team in fall 2012. More recently she has attracted attention for her fitness host and modeling work. Read more.
Upon graduation this month, former Green Bay women’s soccer standout Hannah Kernen will travel overseas to play professional soccer with Täby FK in Stockholm, Sweden. The native of Belleville, Wis., will graduate on May 16 with a B.S. in Human Biology with an emphasis in Health Science and now has the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream. She becomes the second player this offseason to join a professional club, following Chandra Eigenberger landing a spot with the Portland Thorns FC. Read more
Not yet mentioned in this space: UW-Green Bay Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie has announced the hiring of head coaches for the men’s and women’s soccer teams.
Kim Brandao, a top assistant at the State University of New York at Buffalo, is the new women’s coach. She has played professionally in Spain, Sweden and the United States and, as the daughter of parents of Portuguese heritage, been a key contributor to Portugal’s national team including experience in World Cup qualifying rounds. Brandao was a standout player and student at Rutgers, where she earned her bachelor’s in 2007. Read more.
On the men’s side, Jeremy Bonomo brings five years of coaching experience as an assistant at the top Division I level with Cincinnati and three years as a head coach with Division II Assumption College, near Boston. Bonomo graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a bachelor’s in business in 2002 and an MBA in 2006. Read more.
Concluding its best season in many years with an 11-7-2 record, the Green Bay women’s soccer team fell 2-0 at Valparaiso in the Horizon League Tournament semifinals on Thursday night. The team’s 11 victories and 36 goals were program bests in the Horizon League. Read more.
Heidi Hartmann, who had two goals Monday night to push the UW-Green Bay women’s soccer team into the Horizon League semifinals, has made the Horizon All-League first team. The junior has 13 goals in leading the Phoenix to the program’s best record in decades, 11-6-2, and a shot at No. 1 seed Valparaiso on the road Thursday night for a berth in the tournament finals. Hartmann’s teammates Hannah Kernen and Alex Zeller made the second team and all-freshman list, respectively. See the latest on women’s soccer.
The Green Bay-Valparaiso semifinal game Thursday (Nov. 6) in Indiana will mark the first appearance for the Green Bay women’s soccer team on an ESPN platform, in this case the online ESPN3. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. CST under the lights at Brown Field on the Valparaiso campus. To see the match, click here.
The Green Bay women’s soccer team hadn’t qualified for the Horizon League tournament since 2009, won a tournament match since 2004, or won a playoff game at home since 1994. All of which made Monday night’s quarterfinal win at Santaga Stadium, 3-1 over Youngstown State, all the more special. Coach Kacey Burke’s team improved its record to 11-6-1 heading into a semifinal match Thursday night at top-seeded Valparaiso. Read more.
After clinching a spot in the conference tournament this past weekend, the Green Bay women’s soccer team welcomes league-leading Valparaiso to Santaga Stadium for its final regular-season contest of the year. The first-touch will be this Friday at 5 p.m. Head coach Kacey Burke has led the Phoenix to a 4-3 conference record. The Phoenix can secure the fourth seed (and a home playoff game) with a win or draw in tomorrow’s contest against the Crusaders.
Controlling the match throughout the entire 90 minutes, the Green Bay women’s soccer team picked up a 1-0 shutout victory on the road over UIC on Wednesday night. The Phoenix improves its record to 9-5-2 overall and 3-3-0 in the Horizon League, snapping a two-game losing skid in the process. With two home games to close out the regular season, the Phoenix will hold its Senior Day in its next match against Youngstown State. The two teams will square off this Saturday (Oct. 25) at 1 p.m., with the nine Green Bay seniors being honored before the game.