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2017 All-East Conference Awards

07/27/2017, 9:30pm EDT
By Admin

LI awarded top coach & player honors; Copa’s Raber top defender

METUCHEN, NJ - Not only did United Women’s Soccer (UWS) expand into the Midwest this past season, but the East Conference also grew from six to eight teams for the 2017 campaign. And like the Midwest, said expansion allowed the league office to compile First & Second All-Conference Teams for end-of-season honors. New Jersey were the regular season champions in the conference but Long Island would one-up them in the East Final for the automatic berth into the UWS National Championship. Both sides were recognized when it came to the top individual honors awarded this season.

Coach Of The Year
ADAM WHITEHEAD (Long Island Rough Riders)

Four years after the conclusion of his stellar playing career for the Binghamton University Bearcats, Whitehead was named the new Head Coach of the Long Island Rough Riders prior to the 2017 season. Long Island had a solid 2016 season in the UWS East but under Whitehead’s tutelage, the team won their first game of the 2017 campaign and the long-time women’s soccer organization went on to take the next step up the pro-am ladder. A second-place finish during the regular season gave Whitehead’s team a shot at breaking New Jersey’s unbeaten streak at home in the 2017 East Conference Final. Long Island broke down a stingy Copa defense in a 5-1 win that sent them to the UWS National Championship.

Player Of The Year
KIMBERLY MARRA (Long Island Rough Riders)

Marra was the two-way difference make for the Long Island Rough Riders this past season, playing in the central midfield as both a playmaker and a destroyer while also spending time in the defense. The former Iona Gael (started in 54 of 68 career games) captained the Rough Riders in most of her 10 appearances in 2017 and finished fourth in team scoring (three goals, assist). Lindsay was second in minutes played (810) and turned out to be Head Coach Adam Whitehead’s most consistent player. She was named to the UWS Team of the Week on three occasions - the last time in Week X when Marra scored three goals in two wins to end the season and leap-frog New England into second place and into the postseason.

Defensive Player Of The Year
REBECCA RABER (New Jersey Copa FC)

Raber returned for her second season with New Jersey Copa FC and led the East’s best defense to a stingy seven goals allowed in 10 conference games. New Jersey won their second straight regular season title and Rebecca once again led the team in minutes played - 900 in 2017 (1756 in two seasons) - while also adding two assists. Her 900 minutes played this past campaign was tied with nine other players for tops in all of UWS. Raber was named to the UWS Team of the Week on two occasions, the last time in Week VII when NJCFC notched two wins and outs-cored the opposition by a 6-1 margin. This past offseason, Raber scored the game-winning goal for Durham University in England to win the National Championship.

2017 All-East Conference First Team

F FURTUNA VELAJ (New York Surf)
F CARISSIMA CUTRONA (Western New York Flash)
F HALEY CRAWFORD (Lancaster Inferno)
MF BRENNA BROWN (New England Mutiny)
MF JACKIE BRUNO (New Jersey Copa FC)
MF KIMBERLY MARRA (Long Island Rough Riders)
D JENNIFER CAFFERKY (New England Mutiny)
D REBECCA RABER (New Jersey Copa FC)
D TAYLOR GROTH (Long Island Rough Riders)
D BROOKE SALMON (New York Surf)
GK CAITIE BRODERICK (Rochester Lady Lancers)

2017 All-East Conference Second Team

F JEANINE NUNEZ (New Jersey Copa FC)
F KATE HOWARTH (New England Mutiny)
F ERICA MURPHY (New York Surf)
F ERICA MODINA (Long Island Rough Riders)
MF TESA MCKIBBEN (Lancaster Inferno)
MF ALEXA SCHNEIDER (Long Island Rough Riders)
D SYDNEY CUMMINGS (New Jersey Copa FC)
D TRISHA CLARK (Lancaster Inferno)
D DANIELLE BRAUN (Western New York Flash)
D JENNY BITZER (New Jersey Copa FC)
GK SIERRA BONHAM (New York Magic)

Iron Women Of The Year (most minutes played)

D TRISHA CLARK (Lancaster Inferno)
D REBECCA RABER (New Jersey Copa FC)
D DANIELLE BRAUN (Western New York Flash)
D BROOKE SALMON (New York Surf)
D DYLAN PATTERSON (Rochester Lady Lancers)

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.

UWS Week X Preview: East Conference

07/13/2017, 6:00pm EDT
By Admin

Long Island Rough Riders need two wins to qualify for East Final

SOUTH HUNTINGTON, NY - Win and in. The objective is that simple. The Long Island Rough Riders need to win their final two games of the 2017 United Women’s Soccer (UWS) season in order to qualify for the East Final against regular-season champion New Jersey Copa FC on Tuesday, July 18. The winner of the East Final will receive the automatic berth into the 2017 UWS National Championship (July 21-22) held in Grandville, MI.

First, the New York Magic await. Kickoff is at 5:00 PM on Friday from Cy Donnelly Stadium on the campus of St. Anthony’s High School.

“The approach to the game needs to be the same as it has been all season,” Rough Riders General Manager Flavio Ferri said. “The key is to focus exclusively against the Magic and not look ahead. Another important factor is not to press too much for the result and show patience and composure.”

Long Island (5-2-1 East) is currently fourth in the UWS East Conference with 16 points, trailing NJCFC (8-1-1; 25 points), New England Mutiny (7-3; 21 points) and New York Surf (6-2-2; 20 points).

The Rough Riders are coming off a heartbreaking 3-2 loss at the Surf on Saturday, July 8th. Long Island led 1-0 on a goal by Erica Modina in the 25th minute before the Surf scored twice in the second half. The visitors came back to knot it at 2-all in the 77th on a goal by Morgan Santoro before surrendering the deciding goal in the 87th.

“The team played well,” Ferri said. “That said, we could have been a bit more aggressive at times. It was a good match and I think a draw would have been the most fair result. We have to learn from that game as we have two finals coming up.”

The Magic (0-8-1; 1 point) are at the bottom of the division following a 6-0 loss to Western New York Flash on July 8th. A win against their rivals keeps the Rough Riders’ hopes alive for a playoff berth, needing another three points against Lancaster (4-5; 12 points) at home on Sunday, July 16th (1:30 PM kickoff).

“The Magic are a local rival and although we have historically done well against them, the results have generally been close,” Ferri said. “They have an opportunity to knock us out of the playoffs and I’m sure they will be motivated. We beat the Inferno by a large margin (6-1) earlier in the season. That said, I don’t think that score represents the difference in the two teams. Knowing a draw or loss eliminates us, I’m sure our players will be focused and ready to play.”

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.

UWS Week IX Roundup: East Conference

07/10/2017, 4:30pm EDT
By Admin

Copa captures regular season conference crown, hosts East Final

NEW ENGLAND MUTINY 4, WESTERN NEW YORK FLASH 0

EAST LONGMEADOW, MA - With their 4-0 win over the Western New York Flash (4-4-2 East) on Sunday afternoon at East Longmeadow High School, the 2017 season for the New England Mutiny (7-3 East) continues on for one more week. New England awaits the results from the last two regular season matches of the Long Island Rough Riders (5-2-1 East), who finish up their schedule next weekend. Long Island needs to win both matches for them to qualify for the second spot in the 2017 East Final (Tuesday, July 18). If they don’t, the Mutiny will travel south to face regular season conference champion New Jersey Copa FC (8-1-1 East) for the automatic berth into the UWS National Championship (July 21-22) held in Grandville, MI. The combination of Gabby Arruda and Annie Ulliac combined for the shutout with Arruda making all three saves in first half action.

In the 43rd minute, substitute midfielder Marissa Aniolowski came on for Sharlotte Pernice and converted on her first goal of the season seconds later. Midfielder Brenna Brown drove down deep on the left flank and floated a cross that Aniolowski drove with her header inside the near post past WNY goalkeeper Kenna Kosinski (five saves). Just four minutes after halftime, the Seton Hall standout tallied her second goal, rising high again for Julia Weithofer’s corner kick and thumping her header off the crossbar and over the goal line. In the 54th minute, Mutiny captain Kate Howarth rang her free kick from 30 yards out off the crossbar and Brown mopped up the rebound. In the 72nd minute, Brown scored her third goal of the season, taking advantage of another rebound for the fourth and final score of the match.

NEW YORK MAGIC 0, WESTERN NEW YORK FLASH 6

BROOKLYN, NY - Western New York forward Carissima Cutrona continued her late-season scoring run, tallying four goals and an assist in the Flash’s 6-0 win over the New York Magic (0-8-1 East) on Saturday night at Poly Prep Country Day School. Cutrona’s 26 total points (11 goals, four assists) puts her in second place in league scoring with one weekend left in the regular season. WNY goalkeeper Megan Tock made four saves in the victory while New York’s Sierra Bonham stopped four shots in the loss. Four first half goals by Margretta Dry, Cutrona and Madisyn Pezzino put the visitors in a lead that they would not relinquish.

In the fifth minute, Hope Balling sent in a long pass from the left flank and Dry converted on it for the early 1-0 lead. Danielle Braun sent Cutrona in on a breakaway in the 29th minute and nine minutes later, Jenna Raepple tallied her first assist of the season as the former University of Buffalo star was left wide open to tally the third goal of the match. In the 44th minute, Cutrona sent Pezzino in on a breakaway to put the Flash up by a 4-0 score going into halftime. Two more goals from Cutrona in the 50th and 85th minutes completed the scoring on the night. It was the third straight victory for Western New York, who out-scored their opposition by a 13-3 margin over that winning streak.

LANCASTER INFERNO 0, NEW JERSEY COPA FC 1

MILLERSVILLE, PA - With their 1-0 road win over the Lancaster Inferno (4-5 East) at Pucillo Field on Saturday afternoon combined with Long Island’s loss earlier in the day, New Jersey Copa FC (8-1-1 East) claimed the 2017 regular season conference title and will host the East Final on Tuesday, July 18th at 7:00 PM (EDT). The winner of that match will receive the automatic berth into the UWS National Championship (July 21-22) held in Grandville, MI. New Jersey awaits their opponent as the New England Mutiny (7-3 East) currently reside in second-place while Long Island (5-2-1 East) still have two games to play in the regular season. Jasmine Colbert notched the eventual game-winner in the 46th minute in her first game action of the 2017 campaign.

Copa posted its fifth shutout of the season and third clean sheet in the last four games as Jenny Bitzer, center backs Alana O'Neill, Rebecca Raber and Megan Hunsberger limited Lancaster to only four shots on goal and no true dangerous chances. Goalkeeper Aytana Muschajew made four saves to back up her defensive unit. Inferno keeper Jordan Kamp made 10 saves in the loss. Colbert made her debut after the reigning UWS Player of the Year Krystyna Freda had to exit the game due to injury. An errant pass intercepted by NJCFC and a quick through ball by Jessi Reinhardt at the start of the second half proved to be the difference in the game. Colbert finished the breakaway for the lone goal of the match.

NEW YORK SURF 3, LONG ISLAND ROUGH RIDERS 2

BRONX, NY - In one of the more exciting games in the brief history of United Women’s Soccer (UWS), the New York Surf (6-2-2 East) hosted the Long Island Rough Riders (5-2-1 East) at SUNY Maritime on Saturday afternoon in a bout with big implications in the East playoff race. What resulted was a back-and-forth encounter with well-worked goals as the Surf tallied a late game-winner from forward Erica Murphy in a 3-2 victory. In fact, Murphy scored all three goals in the win while goalkeeper Colleen Hickey made four saves. Melissa Guglielmo (nine saves) picked up the loss for Long Island, but not without making a couple of big stops in the second half that kept her team in the game.

The Rough Riders scored first in the 25th minute when forward Christina Bellero drove deep on the right flank and served in a cross that forward Erica Modina one-timed past Hickey for the 1-0 score. Long Island held the run of play in the first half but the second half was a different matter as New York picked up the pace of play. In the 47th minute, Murphy took advantage of a defensive miscue to tie the score. Twenty-one minutes later, Rachel Corboz assisted on Murphy’s second goal of the game to put the Surf in the lead. In the 77th minute, Rough Riders forward Morgan Santoro skillfully evened the score at 2-2, converting on a chipped pass from Kimberly Marra. New York pressured for the winner and got it in the 87th minute. Kelly Conheeney sent Murphy in on goal with a beautiful through ball and the former Monmouth star won the game for the Surf with an authoritative one-time strike past Guglielmo.

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.

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