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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.

UWS Week II Roundup: Midwest Conference

05/22/2017, 5:15pm EDT
By Admin

Detroit is victorious over GRFC in early season bout between unbeaten teams

TOLEDO VILLA FC 2, MICHIGAN LEGENDS FC 2

SYLVANIA, OH - Toledo Villa FC (1-0-1 UWS Midwest) were looking to replicate their franchise-opening road success from the prior weekend at their inaugural home opener at Northview High School on Sunday afternoon. But Michigan Legends FC (0-1-1 UWS Midwest) had other thoughts in mind and took the early lead. And after the hosts went ahead in the second half, MLFC tied the match late and the score would hold as Toledo and Michigan battled it out to a 2-2 draw.

In the 6th minute, MLFC would get on the score board first as the duo of midfielder Maddie Hughes and forward Tori Singstock combined for the opening goal. Singstock would send a diagonal pass to Hughes who placed her shot high and inside the far post. The Villa Women would respond with two goals by forward Skylar Fleak. In the 24th minute, midfielder Veronica Zaciek would intercept a back pass and send in Fleak for an open net goal. The score would remain tied at 1-1 going into halftime.

Just six minutes into the second half, Toledo would go ahead by a 2-1 score. Zaciek’s corner kick would be met by a towering header from Fleak for her third goal of the season (good for the lead in the Midwest Conference). Michigan defender Megan Trapp would break the host’s hearts in the 80th minute as she converted on a rebound from a penalty kick for the 2-2 final score. Villa goalkeeper Sam Tiongson made eight saves while her counterpart Jennifer Steinway made one save. MLFC out-shot Toledo by a 10-3 margin.

DETROIT SUN FC 2, GRAND RAPIDS FC WOMEN 1

PONTIAC, MI - In an early season matchup between two of the top Midwest teams, Detroit Sun FC (2-0 UWS Midwest) would score first and hold the lead in a 2-1 win over Grand Rapids FC Women (1-1-0 UWS Midwest) at Ultimate Soccer Arenas. Two goals from forward Madison Schupbach shone bright for the Sun in this match on Saturday night. Both teams were victorious in their franchise openers the prior weekend and with this win Detroit have taken the early lead in the Midwest title race.

Both sides came out of the gates firing on all cylinders, exchanging scoring opportunities over the first 30 minutes. The Sun would steadily increase the pressure on GRFC goalkeeper Reilly Ott (seven saves) and in the 42nd minute would get their goal. Midfielder Lauren Bos sent in Schupbach in on goal on a breakaway and the Bowling Green star converted for the 1-0 lead. The score would remain that way as both teams went into halftime.

It would take just four minutes into the second half for Detroit to score the eventual game-winning goal. Schupbach would win the ball at the top of the penalty area and her shot from 23 yards out would tuck inside the far post for the 2-0 score. GRFC cut the lead in half in the 79th minute when midfielder Avery Lockwood tucked home a penalty kick. From there, the visitors would pressure for the equalizer but for naught. Sun keeper Caitlyn Clem made five saves.

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 Preview: Midwest Conference

05/18/2017, 3:45pm EDT
By Admin

Detroit and Grand Rapids face off in early season showdown

METUCHEN, NJ - In the summer season competitive format, every game is either a big step up or down the ladder when it comes to the race for the conference crown. This Saturday night at Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac, MI, two early contenders for the Midwest title will face off in one of the more intriguing soccer venues in the country. On Sunday, another prospective conference power will host a side who have something to prove after a loss in their season debut.

SATURDAY, MAY 20

Detroit Sun FC vs. Grand Rapids FC Women
7:00 PM EDT - Ultimate Soccer Arenas (Pontiac, MI)

Both Detroit Sun FC (1-0 UWS Midwest) and Grand Rapids FC Women (1-0 UWS Midwest) opened their 2017 seasons in impressive fashion last weekend, registering franchise-first victories over FC Indiana (0-1 UWS Midwest) and Michigan Legends FC (0-1 UWS Midwest), respectively. On Sunday afternoon, Detroit came away with a rock solid 3-0 road win against a historically-successful FCI side while the GRFC Women were propelled by a brace from midfielder Anna Stinson in a 3-1 win over MLFC in front of 532 fans at home.

A strong showing from Sun goalkeeper Caitlyn Clem (five saves) and two goals off the bench from forward Isabella Habuda paced Detroit in the win. Forward Emma Tokuyama registered the team’s first-ever goal in the 11th minute while Habuda tallied in the 56th & 79th minutes for the 3-0 final score. Clem, Habuda and defender Jackie Mazzara were selected to the UWS Team of the Week for their efforts. Stinson notched two first-half goals and defender Clare Carlson got the insurance goal against Michigan. The league office honored Stinson and midfielder Marti Corby with UWS Team of the Week plaudits.

Ultimate Soccer Arenas - the home pitch of DSFC - is an indoor soccer-specific stadium and is one of the largest in the United States. It features two AstroTurf pitches that features a full-size 110x75-yard pitch with a 5,000-seat stadium. It has 1,650 permanent seating, a full-service restaurant, a full-service coffee shop and mezzanine level. The facility is also the home of the Michigan Bucks of the USL Premier Development League (PDL), a minor-league affiliate of the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer (MLS), and hosted the 2016 PDL National Championship.

SUNDAY, MAY 21

Toledo Villa FC vs. Michigan Legends FC
5:00 PM EDT - Northview H.S. (Sylvania, OH)

Toledo Villa FC (1-0 UWS Midwest) were the third Midwest team last weekend to open their season in the newly-formed conference in a strong manner. The Villa Women traveled to Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis, IN for their match vs. Indy Premier SC (0-1 UWS Midwest) and with a short bench, held the run of play from start to finish in a 3-0 victory to kick off their franchise. Midfielder Veronica Zaciek led the Toledo offense, scoring two first half goals in the 12th & 24th minutes to propel the team to the win. TVFC goalkeeper Sam Tiongson made two saves in the shutout.

Zaciek and defender Morgan Abbitt would be selected to the UWS Team of the Week for their strong performances in attack and defense. Toledo’s opponents in this Sunday’s home opener had different fortunes last weekend, as Michigan Legends FC took one on the chin on the road at Grand Rapids FC. MLFC would cut the 2-0 deficit in half with the team’s first-ever goal in the 49th minute - thanks to two second-half subs in midfielders Maddie Hughes and Lindsey Carlson - but could not even the score. Legends FC keeper Victoria Norris made five saves in the loss.

Sunday’s home opener for the Villa Women will also serve as a doubleheader with their newly-formed men’s side, who play in the Premier League of America (PLA). The PLA is a regional league that currently consists of teams in cities in the Great Lakes region of the United States. The league began its first season of play in 2015 as the Great Lakes Premier League.

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 Director Joe Ferrara, Jr. by e-mail at Joe@UWSSoccer.com.