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GRFC Women 2 (3), Long Island Rough Riders 2 (2)

07/21/2017, 11:30pm EDT
By Admin

Kovacs & Ott come through once again for GRFC

GRANDVILLE, MI - For the second consecutive knockout match, the duo of defender Michaela Kovacs and goalkeeper Reilley Ott came up big for the Grand Rapids FC Women, prolonging the team’s postseason run. Kovacs netted the game-tying goal in the 119th minute of play and Ott made the final save in the penalty-kick shootout to send the GRFC Women (11-1-1) past the Long Island Rough Riders (8-3-1) and into the United Women’s Soccer (UWS) National Championship match. The game was tied 2-2 after overtime and the hosts emerged victorious by a 3-2 margin in the PK shootout. Grand Rapids will take on the Santa Clarita Blue Heat (9-0) on Saturday night at Grandville High School (7:30 PM EDT kickoff) in the 2017 UWS Final.

“What a night,” said GRFC Head Coach Lewis Robinson. “What a game. What a finish. What an event to play like this. Its a game we’re never going to forget and we’ve enjoyed it from start to finish. Everyone involved in it, the fans. It was an amazing night.”

The drama started early in Friday’s second National Semifinal when Long Island forward Morgan Santoro sent in forward Erica Modina in on goal and she chipped her shot over Ott for the 1-0 lead in the ninth minute. Seven minutes later, Grand Rapids tied the score when forward Brittany Balcer was fouled from behind in the penalty area and converted her penalty kick. The hosts had a pair of chances from midfielder Marti Corby and Balcer to end the first half but could not take advantage. As the second half progressed, it looked like it could be a long night as both the Rough Riders and GRFC missed a pair of glittering opportunities in the 54th and 59th minutes - by midfielder Kimberly Marra and forward Maddie Pogarch - respectively.

Long Island keeper Melissa Guglielmo stood strong in net for her side as well, stopping Balcer on a 1v1 opportunity in the 63rd minute. In the 79th minute, Corby and Balcer had a double-chance but Guglielmo made a save on the former and than forced the latter to shoot wide. In the 80th minute, Santoro’s goal was ruled offside and a last-second chance in regulation from forward Madison Vasquez flew just wide for the East Conference champions. Guglielmo made a pair of stops in the first overtime period while it was all Rough Riders to start the second overtime. Substitute Francesca Venezia put Long Island up by 2-1 in the 97th minute, finishing off a rebound after an Ott save.

As time ticked off the clock, defender Clare Carlson broke deep down the right flank and sent in a cross that Kovacs met with a diving header at the far post to tie the score at 2-2. The team captain scored the game-winning goal in last Sunday’s 1-0 Midwest Conference Final win over Detroit. After overtime, the match would go on to a penalty kick shootout to determine the winner. Both sides started out 2-2 before the Rough Riders started to falter. Venezia put her shot just wide to her left on Long Island’s third attempt, Taylor Groth struck her shot off the crossbar and after GRFC midfielder Anna Stinson converted to make it 3-2, Ott made a save on Christina Dutcher’s spot kick to send the hosts to the 2017 UWS National Final.

“First of all, it was probably the most exciting game of our season by far and that’s easy to say,” said Long Island Head Coach Adam Whitehead. “When I first came on board, I didn’t think I saw us coming this far but we flicked a switch and everything started to fall into place. Its been an amazing experience, a great journey and the team shouldn’t be disappointed in what they achieved.”

About United Women’s Soccer (UWS): UWS is a national women’s soccer league sanctioned by U.S. Soccer through the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA). UWS is a professionally operated league created for teams that meet high minimum standards. The season runs from May until the end of July, culminating in a National Championship match. The UWS player pool is comprised of college players, aspiring & former professionals and international stars. You can follow UWS on social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Media can contact UWS Director of Communications Jorma Kansanen by e-mail at UWSPress@gmail.com. You can visit the league’s official website at UWSSoccer.com. Interested team applicants can contact League Commissioner Joe Ferrara, Jr. by e-mail at Joe@UWSSoccer.com.

2017 United Women's Soccer Championship

07/19/2017, 9:45am EDT
By Admin

Friday’s National Semifinal matchups have been confirmed

METUCHEN, NJ - United Women’s Soccer (UWS) has officially announced the match details for the upcoming 2017 National Championship (July 21-22) held at Grandville High School in Grandville, MI. In the first National Semifinal (4:30 PM EDT kickoff) on Friday, the West Conference champion & defending UWS title-holders Santa Clarita Blue Heat (8-0) will take on Detroit Sun FC (7-2-3), the Midwest Conference runner-ups and “wild card” seed. In the second National Semifinal (7:30 PM EDT kickoff) on Friday, the Midwest champion Grand Rapids FC Women (10-1-1) go up against East Conference champion Long Island Rough Riders (8-2-1).

The Semifinal winners will take the pitch on Saturday, July 22nd at 7:30 PM EDT for the 2017 UWS Championship. Santa Clarita were first to automatically qualify via winning the West regular season title while Grand Rapids won the four-team Midwest playoff last Sunday for the second berth. Long Island defeated defending conference champion New Jersey by a 5-1 score last night in the East Final to secure the automatic berth from that conference. Detroit was awarded the fourth & final spot in this weekend’s tournament as the “wild card” seed. Tickets can be purchased HERE and the tournament can be viewed online live via this LINK.

2017 UWS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP (Grandville, MI) [Video]

NATIONAL SEMIFINALS (Friday, July 21) [Tickets]

4:30 PM EDT - Santa Clarita Blue Heat (8-0) vs. Detroit Sun FC (7-2-3)

7:30 PM EDT - Grand Rapids FC Women (10-1-1) vs. Long Island Rough Riders (8-2-1)

NATIONAL FINAL (Saturday, July 22) [Tickets]

7:30 PM EDT - Semifinal winners

About United Women’s Soccer (UWS): UWS is a national women’s soccer league sanctioned by U.S. Soccer through the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA). UWS is a professionally operated league created for teams that meet high minimum standards. The season runs from May until the end of July, culminating in a National Championship match. The UWS player pool is comprised of college players, aspiring & former professionals and international stars. You can follow UWS on social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Media can contact UWS Director of Communications Jorma Kansanen by e-mail at UWSPress@gmail.com. You can visit the league’s official website at UWSSoccer.com. Interested team applicants can contact League Commissioner Joe Ferrara, Jr. by e-mail at Joe@UWSSoccer.com.

Playoff Update: East Final & Wild Card

07/18/2017, 1:00pm EDT
By Admin

New Jersey hosts Long Island tonight; Detroit nabs wild card

METUCHEN, NJ - The postseason action on the pitch will come quick and fast this week, starting tonight as New Jersey Copa FC (8-1-1 East) will host the Long Island Rough Riders (7-2-1 East) in the 2017 East Conference Final for the third automatic berth in this weekend’s United Women’s Soccer (UWS) Championship in Grandville, MI. Long Island has posed the toughest challenge for the the regular season champions over the first two seasons of UWS East play. Tonight’s match at Saint John Vianney High School (7:00 PM EDT kickoff) will also decide the season series between the two teams, with each side emerging victorious in their respective home games. The game can be viewed online live via this LINK.

Off the pitch, after a deliberation process that took a variety of factors into consideration (record, strength of schedule, travel concerns, etc.), the “wild card” seed in the four-team field of the 2017 UWS Championship has been decided. Midwest Conference runner-up Detroit Sun FC (7-2-3) has been awarded the fourth & final spot in this weekend’s tournament, which kicks off on Friday afternoon at Grandville High School in Grandville, MI. West champion Santa Clarita (8-0 West) were first to automatically qualify while Grand Rapids FC Women (10-1-1) won the Midwest playoff for the second berth. GRFC and Detroit were 1-2 all season in the Midwest and the Sun were a stroke or two of luck away from winning the conference title last Sunday in a dramatic contest.

Stay tuned as tomorrow (Wednesday, July 19) the league will officially announce the matchups for Friday’s National Semifinals. The first match will kick off at 4:30 PM EDT while the second contest will commence at 7:30 PM EDT. The Semifinal winners will take the pitch on Saturday, July 22nd at 7:30 PM EDT for the 2017 UWS title. Tickets can be purchased HERE. The entire tournament can be viewed online live via this LINK.

About United Women’s Soccer (UWS): UWS is a national women’s soccer league sanctioned by U.S. Soccer through the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA). UWS is a professionally operated league created for teams that meet high minimum standards. The season runs from May until the end of July, culminating in a National Championship match. The UWS player pool is comprised of college players, aspiring & former professionals and international stars. You can follow UWS on social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Media can contact UWS Director of Communications Jorma Kansanen by e-mail at UWSPress@gmail.com. You can visit the league’s official website at UWSSoccer.com. Interested team applicants can contact League Commissioner Joe Ferrara, Jr. by e-mail at Joe@UWSSoccer.com.