Parra Defeats Cotts in Soccer Penalty Kick Shootout

In anticipation of the friendly soccer match between Atlas F.C. and Newcastle F.C. that will be held at Miller Park, Brewers outfielder Gerardo Parra and teammate Neal Cotts competed in a penalty kick shootout for charity at Miller Park this afternoon.

A goal was set up in the outfield with  goalie Nick Vorberg, a former goalie for the Milwaukee Wave for more than a decade and a Pacific University Athletic Hall of Fame member, manning the net. Vorberg currently serves as the volunteer assistant with the Marquette University men’s soccer team and as an assistant coach with the Wave.  He is the Wave’s second all-time leader in goalkeeper wins.

Parra and Cotts competed in a best-of-five shootout to “ready the field,” as Miller Park will soon be converted to a soccer pitch configuration, with the two players taking alternate shots at the net.

Both players agreed that the loser of the shootout will donate $5,000 to a charity of the winner’s choice. Parra chose Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Fund as his charity, while Cotts went with Wisconsin Humane Society. Several teammates and coaches were also on hand to watch the event.

Representatives from the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and Wisconsin Humane Society were on hand to watch the Parra vs. Cotts Shootout against Goalie Nick Vorberg. (Photo via Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers)

In round 1, Parra took the early lead, 1-0.

Gerardo Parra took the early lead and never looked back. (Photo via Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers)

Gerardo Parra took the early lead and never looked back. (Photo via Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers)

Neither scored in round 2.

In round 3, they both scored to make it 2-1.

Neal Cotts put up a good fight.

Neal Cotts put up a good fight. (Photo via Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers)

In round 4, Parra clinched the win–and a $5000 donation to the Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship fund–with one more goal.

Parra's final shot slips past Vorberg.

Parra’s final shot slips past Vorberg. (Photo via Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers)

Final: Parra 3, Cotts 1. 

Final: Parra 3, Cotts 1.

However, everyone was a winner as it was announced that Wisconsin Humane Society would also be receiving a $1000 donation.

Here’s a video of the shootout:

Tickets are now on sale for Atlas. F.C. vs. Newcastle F.C. at Miller Park on July 14.  Prices range from $25 – $70 and parking is $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the match. Fans can purchase tickets online at Brewers.com/soccer, in person at the Miller Park Box Office, or by phone at 414-902-4000.

In addition, all fans who attend the match will receive a voucher at the gate that will allow them to receive $15 off a future Brewers home game in the month of August. The voucher is valid for 14 games in the month, excluding August 1, 2, 8 and 15. And the first 10,000 adults 18 and over will receive a reversible soccer scarf featuring the logos and colors of the Newcastle and Atlas Clubs, courtesy of Potawatomi Hotel and Casino.

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The match will start at 8 p.m. and the gates to Miller Park will open at 6:30 p.m.  Parking lots will open at 5 p.m.

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

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