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UWS Week III Roundup: West Conference

05/29/2017, 4:00pm EDT
By Admin

Santa Clarita opens 2017 season in strong fashion in derby win

REAL SALT LAKE WOMEN 3, CALGARY FOOTHILLS WOMEN’S FC 0

KAYSVILLE, UT - It was a cool, sunny Friday night at Davis High School and Real Salt Lake Women (1-1 West) defeated Calgary Foothills Women’s FC (0-1 West) by a 3-0 score. The home side bettered their result from the prior weekend when the Real Women dropped a 2-0 loss to newcomers So Cal Crush FC, and got their offense on track after seeing so many shots blocked or saved in that season opener. Calgary opened this match brightly but Real Salt Lake would light up the score board first.

The RSL Women continued their pressure and possession from the previous match and it paid off in the fifth minute. Midfielder Chansi Crompton curled a shot from the top left side of the penalty area that seemed to be headed wide but tucked into the far side netting. The tide turned Calgary's way after the half hour mark, with a shot in the 34th minute requiring the first save from RSLW goalkeeper Becca Ritchie, and a corner in the 37th minute that ended with a shot over the bar.

The RSL Women doubled their lead in the 40th minute after forward Colette Smith won a ball in the midfield and raced up the left side, passing to midfielder Hayley Skolmoski on the overlapping run. Her cross found Wes Hamblin and she touched the ball past Calgary keeper Sarah Dilling for the 2-0 lead. RSLW put the game to rest in the 76th minute after right back Holly Daguirda was sprung up the right side and her low cross to Skolmoski gave her plenty of time to collect, turn and place the third goal.

SO CAL CRUSH FC 0, SANTA CLARITA BLUE HEAT 4

LA CRESCENTA, CA - Forward Carolina Venegas notched two early goals and midfielder Emily Madril posted two late goals and the defending UWS champion Santa Clarita Blue Heat (1-0 West) rolled to a comprehensive season-opening 4-0 victory over league newcomers So Cal Crush FC (1-1 West). It was the first match in the local derby for the two teams this past Friday night and the Blue Heat made no doubt who is on top of the fledgling rivalry.

The visitors attacked with numbers from the opening whistle and forward Chandra Eigenberger initiated the first Heat goal in only the 2nd minute. Eigenberger tapped in a whipped cross back into the goal mouth and Costa Rican international Venegas punched it home past Crush FC goalkeeper Adriana Maldonado (six saves) to open the scoring on the night. Venegas struck again early in the second half, this time from distance. In the 52nd minute, Venegas received a ball at the top of the arc unmarked, and turned and fired high and hard over the goalkeeper, doubling the lead.

Madril had already rang a hard rolling shot off the post earlier in the match, but on her second effort in the 64th minute, the woodwork was more friendly as she crushed a hard knuckling shot from inside the top of the box for the 3-0 score. Madril, a freshman at Florida State University, added another just before full time, cementing the Blue Heat's opening night victory. Santa Clarita out-shot the hosts by a 10-3 margin and the combination of Jovani McCaskill and Aline Reis got the shutout in goal.

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 Press@UWSSoccer.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 III Preview: West Conference

05/24/2017, 6:15pm EDT
By Admin

The defending 2016 UWS champion Blue Heat kick off 2017 season on Friday

METUCHEN, NJ - The defending UWS champion Santa Clarita Blue Heat lead the list of United Women’s Soccer (UWS) teams kicking off their seasons in Week III action. Santa Clarita don’t have to travel far for their West Conference opener as newcomers So Cal Crush FC will host them in nearby La Crescenta, CA. For the second straight weekend, Real Salt Lake Women will host a first-year UWS West organization as highly-touted Calgary Foothills Women’s FC looks to put the veteran team in an early two-loss hole.

FRIDAY, MAY 26

So Cal Crush FC vs. Santa Clarita Blue Heat
6:00 PM PDT - Crescenta Valley H.S. (La Crescenta, CA)

It was a dream UWS debut last Saturday night for So Cal Crush FC (1-0 West) at Clyde Field in Orem, Utah as they defeated the RSL Women by a 2-0 score in their franchise opener. The visitors took a 1-0 lead in the 38th minute when a giveaway fell to Crush FC forward Nancy Avesyan who assisted on midfielder Hailey James’ eventual game-winning goal. The trio of Avesyan, goalkeeper Adriana Maldonado and defender Mallory Carcich would be named to the UWS Team of the Week for their efforts in the upset victory.

But in their home opener at Crescenta Valley High School, Crush FC will have another dilemma altogether to deal with altogether as they host a strong Santa Clarita Blue Heat side. 2016 All-UWS selections Chloe Castaneda, Kelsey Gudgeon and Yadira Toraya return to the Blue Heat with standout goalkeeper Jovani McCaskill also coming back. Midfielder Viviana Villacorta’s career has skyrocketed since her tenure last summer with the 2016 UWS champions, making the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team roster while also committing to UCLA.

Yet, its the list of newcomers to the Blue Heat lineup that truly signal the organization’s 2017 intentions. Leading the way, Canadian international Lauren Sesselmann has joined the team to stake her place in the defensive midfield. A trio from the nationally-ranked Florida State Seminoles will be available for selection in Friday’s match: defender Olivia Bergau, forward Deyna Castellanos and defender Natalia Kuikka. Bergau started in 18 of 22 matches last fall, Castellanos was a NSCAA All-Southeast Region First Team selection while Kuikka was chosen as a NSCAA Third Team All-American.

Real Salt Lake Women vs. Calgary Foothills Women’s FC
7:00 PM MDT - Davis H.S. (Kaysville, UT)

If last Saturday night’s match was a dream for So Cal Crush FC, it was a nightmare for the Real Salt Lake Women (0-1 West). Hopes were high going into 2017 for the RSL Women and while they still can achieve the highest of their aspirations, a loss to start the season - especially during a summer slate where every result makes a difference - is a hard slide tackle. The team will need to get right back up off the pitch and there is no one better for that than 2016 UWS West Coach of the Year Mark Davis.

And its not like Real Salt Lake didn’t have their chances for a victory in the Crush FC loss. The home side nearly had an opening goal in the 12th minute when forward Jessica Vanderveur beat the Crush FC keeper but not the post and the ball was cleared away. After the visitors went up 1-0, the Real Women worked hard for the equalizer and in the 69th minute, midfielder Wesley Hamblin dribbled around Maldonado but her shot off was cleared off the line. A late insurance goal by Crush FC would finish the upset.

With how well the roster has been assembled by Head Coach Troye Flannery, Calgary Foothills Women’s FC looks to pose an even stiffer test as a first-year side for the hosts. Two veterans from the defending UWS champion Santa Clarita Blue Heat - Melissa Roy and Arielle Roy-Petitclerc - have joined Calgary this season. Flannery has an all-star team of the top young talent from the Calgary area at his disposal, led by midfielder Sarah Kinzner. The Colorado Buffalo star has been a member of the U-17, U-20 and U-23 Canadian Women’s National Teams.

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 Press@UWSSoccer.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 II: Team Of The Week

05/23/2017, 10:15am EDT
By Admin

Detroit, New England & So Cal Crush lead second edition of the weekly awards

METUCHEN, NJ - There was action and excitement in all three conferences of United Women’s Soccer (UWS) this past weekend with upsets, tense draws and close wins highlighting the Week II slate. In the East, the New England Mutiny have taken the early lead in the conference race while the other teams have begun to lineup behind them. In the Midwest, Detroit Sun FC were victorious in an early season showdown with Grand Rapids FC. And in the West opener, newcomers So Cal Crush FC stunned conference powerhouse Real Salt Lake Women on the road.

When it comes to the second edition of the UWS Team of the Week for the Summer 2017 season, the performances of the players from those three victorious sides are highlighted. But there were plenty of other notable performances in UWS action, as drama was the word of the weekend in all three conferences around the country. And the scoring races (conference & league) have begun to pick up steam as well.

UWS TEAM OF THE WEEK (WEEK II)

F MORGAN SANTORO (Long Island Rough Riders) - 2 goals in 3-0 win over New Jersey
F KATE HOWARTH (New England Mutiny) - 2 goals in 3-2 win over Lancaster
F SKYLAR FLEAK (Toledo Villa FC) - 2 goals in 2-2 draw vs. Michigan
MF RILEY HOULE (New England Mutiny) - goal, assist in 3-2 win over Lancaster
MF CARISSIMA CUTRONA (Western New York Flash) - goal in 2-2 draw vs. New York Surf
MF DANI EVANS (Detroit Sun FC) - solid midfield play in 2-1 win over Grand Rapids
MF TAYLOR ELLIOTT (Long Island Rough Riders) - goal in 3-0 win over New Jersey
D RENY VIVIANA RONCANCIO FARFAN (New York Magic) - goal in 1-1 draw vs. Rochester
D MALLORY CARCICH (So Cal Crush FC) - solid defense in 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake
D MADISON DUNCAN (Michigan Legends FC) - solid defense in 2-2 draw vs. Toledo
GK ADRIANA MALDONADO (So Cal Crush FC) - shutout in 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake

HONORABLE MENTION

F NANCY AVESYAN (So Cal Crush FC) - assist on GWG in 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake
F ALEXA ANTETOMASO (Rochester Lady Lancers) - goal in 1-1 draw vs. New York Magic
F MADISON SCHUPBACH (Detroit Sun FC) - 2 goals in 2-1 win over Grand Rapids
MF BRENNA BROWN (New England Mutiny) - solid midfield play in 3-2 win over Lancaster
D KAELYN GAMEL (Western New York Flash) - 2nd appearance on UWS Team of the Week
D TRISHA CLARK (Lancaster Inferno) - solid defense in 3-2 loss to New England
GK SIERRA BONHAM (New York Magic) - saved PK on final play of game to preserve 1-1 draw

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 Press@UWSSoccer.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.