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Milwaukee takes UPSL after US Amateur Cup

Milwaukee Bavarian SC won the UPSL 2018 Spring final on Sunday 12 August beating Sporting AZ FC after a thrilling final. The team from Milwaukee fought until the end to win the title and concluded a fabulous week for the club: they indeed had already won the US Amateur Cup the Sunday before.

Milwaukee Bavarians celebrate their UPSL title

What a game and what a season for Milwaukee Bavarian SC! This Sunday, the Bavarians won the UPSL 2018 Spring final against Sporting AZ FC after an incredible match. This victory is the crowning achievement for the team which won the UPSL Midwest Conference with a record of 12 wins in 12 games, who were as impressive in the playoffs.

That said, the road was not that easy over the weekend. In the quarter finals against Mass United, the game ended 2-2 and had to be decided on penalties (4-2). In the semi-final versus Florida Soccer Soldiers, Logan Andryk's brace ensured a relatively easy win.

For Sporting AZ, the path to the final had also been a complicated one, first with a narrow victory in the quarters against Boise FC (1-2). The semi-final contest with Santa Ana Winds FC was even more tense. We had to wait for the 67th minute to see the first goal of the match, for Sporting AZ. But two minutes later, Jordan Gorman drew even on a curious goal where Andrew Webber, the Sporting goalie, was not at his best.

However, the team of Arizona managed to finish the job four minutes before the end of normal time, thanks to an incredible half-volley of Alejandro Aguilar from the edge of the box. It was madness in the stands of the North Area Athletic Complex.

After the game, Aguilar, the hero of the day stayed humble about this unbelievable strike he had: “Believe it or not, we did that in practice. I believe in me, I saw the ball, hit it and luckily it was a goal!”. Check his full interview below:

It was then time for the final. A game which Milwaukee seemed to control: Nicholas Marshall opened the scoring after 15 minutes, Nick Wilson made it 2-0 right before half time and Scott Lorenz put his team in the driving seat at the 53’. What could happen to the Bavarians? Well, the reaction of Sporting AZ. It came first from a penalty of Aguilar (68’) before Daniel Arrubla benefitted from a great job by Tony Cascio on the left wing (69’).

Then the game became pretty tough for the Bavarians with Sporting AZ pushing to come back. And they were that close to do so, when they got a penalty, 10 minutes before the final whistle. Alas, Paul LaMarca sent it straight on the cross bar…

Milwaukee could then celebrate their victory in what is not far from a historical week for them: a week ago, the Bavarian SC already won the U.S. Amateur Cup, beating West Chester United 2-0.

All week-end results

Quarter finals

At Trailblazer Stadium, Lakewood, CO
Mass United FC 2-2 (2-4 PSO) Milwaukee Bavarian SC
Inocentes FC 0-2 Florida Soccer Soldiers

At North Area Athletic Complex, Arvada, CO
Sporting AZ FC 1-2 Boise FC
FC Boulder 4-5 Santa Ana Winds FC

Semi finals

At North Area Athletic Complex, Arvada, CO
Milwaukee Bavarian SC 2-0 Florida Soccer Soldiers
Sporting AZ FC 2-1 Santa Ana Winds FC

Final

At North Area Athletic Complex, Arvada, CO
Milwaukee Bavarian SC 3-2 Sporting AZ FC