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UWS Week I Roundup: Midwest Conference

05/15/2017, 5:45pm EDT
By Admin

Road teams notch two wins out of the three Midwest games this weekend

FC INDIANA 0, DETROIT SUN FC 3

LAKEVILLE, IN - On Sunday afternoon at Newton Park, FC Indiana (0-1 UWS Midwest) set out on another mission to capture a national title as they have throughout the distinguished history of their organization. But the Detroit Sun FC (1-0 UWS Midwest) had no intentions of setting aside their own goals as a first-year pro-am side and by the final whistle shone their own light in the newly-formed Midwest Conference, coming away with a solid 3-0 win. A strong showing from goalkeeper Caitlyn Clem (five saves) and two goals off the bench from forward Isabella Habuda paced Detroit in the win.

But it was the player who Habuda replaced - forward Emma Tokuyama - who would register the team’s first-ever goal and a game-winning one to boot. In the 11th minute, a Detroit shot from the left side of the penalty area would carom off of the far post and Tokuyama would step up and volley the ball past FCI keeper Tarah Hobbs (13 saves). It would take until the 56th minute for the visitors to notch the insurance goal, as Habuda would do a give-and-go with midfielder Madison Schupbach and finish for the 2-0 lead. Forward Devyn Brough would assist on Habuda’s second of the game in the 79th minute for the 3-0 final score.

INDY PREMIER SC 0, TOLEDO VILLA FC 3

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Indy Premier SC had the confines of Carroll Stadium on the campus of IUPUI as the backdrop for their inaugural match in the UWS Midwest Conference on Saturday night, but it was the visitors who would hold the play. With a short bench, Toledo Villa FC (1-0 UWS Midwest) would get a huge 3-0 road victory over IPSC (0-1 UWS Midwest). In what could be a competitive race in the Midwest this season, this road result could pay big dividends when the end of the season comes around. TVFC goalkeeper Sam Tiongson made two saves in the shutout.

Midfielder Veronica Zaciek led the Villa offense on this night, notching two first half goals that helped propel her team to the win. In the 12th minute, Zaciek would fire her shot low to the left of IPSC goalkeeper Claire Graves (four saves) for the 1-0 lead and in the 24th minute, she converted on a penalty kick for the insurance goal. It would take until the 82nd minute for Toledo’s final goal of the match as Bowling Green Star University forward Skylar Fleak fired home from six yards out for the 3-0 final score. The visitors out-shot the home side by a 9-2 margin.

GRANDS RAPIDS FC WOMEN 3, MICHIGAN LEGENDS FC 1

GRANDVILLE, MI - The Grand Rapids FC Women played their inaugural match at Grandville High School on Saturday night. Propelled by a brace from midfielder Anna Stinson, GRFC Women (1-0 UWS Midwest) defeated Michigan Legends FC (0-1 UWS Midwest) by a 3-1 score in front of 532 fans. The game began with a flurry with a few chances for the home side in front of goal who dictated the tempo from the outset.

GRFC broke through in the 16th minute when midfielder Annie Steinlage sent a long diagonal ball to the right side for Stinson. Using her pace, the former Illinois State star beat her defender to the pass and hit a low ball from the top of the box into the bottom left corner of the goal for the team’s first-ever goal. Stinson added her second of the match in the 42nd minute as a shot from midfielder Marti Corby bounced off the crossbar and landed at her feet. She buried the rebound for a 2-0 lead going into halftime. MLFC cut the deficit in half with the team’s first-ever goal in the 49th minute with thanks to a pair of second-half subs.

Youngstown State University midfielder Maddie Hughes would convert on midfielder Lindsey Carlson’s cross from the right flank for the 2-1 game. Grand Rapids restored its lead to two goals in the 71st minute when left back Sadie Misiewicz played a ball over the defense to right back Clare Carlson. Carlson made a perfectly timed run and beat MLFC goalkeeper Victoria Norris (five saves) for the 3-1 final score. GRFC keeper Reilly Ott made two saves as her team out-shot the visitors by a 7-4 margin.

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.

UWS Week I Preview: Midwest Conference

05/11/2017, 8:00pm EDT
By Admin

Six of the seven teams in the newly-formed conference kick off this weekend

METUCHEN, NJ - After the conclusion of their inaugural season, United Women’s Soccer (UWS) promised fans that the pro-am league would see new horizons for the Summer 2017 season. That promise came true as the seven-team Midwest Conference was officially announced this past December. Six teams will kick off the first-ever Midwest campaign this opening weekend and will look to either make their name or cement their reputation on the national soccer landscape.

SATURDAY, MAY 13

Grand Rapids FC vs. Michigan Legends FC
7:00 PM EDT - Grandville H.S.

Anticipation has been high in the greater Grand Rapids, MI-area as the GRFC organization officially announced a women’s side to compliment their highly successful men’s team. In due course, the GRFC Women and Head Coach Lewis Robinson have assembled one of the stronger rosters in the newly-formed Midwest Conference. Attendance figures for the men’s side over the past few seasons have been eye-watering and all signals indicate that the GRFC Women will have an outstanding fan base to support them in their home opener.

A trio of locally-based stars will lead the team in their inaugural game: defender Clare Carlson, midfielder Marti Corby and midfielder Annie Steinlage. Carlson finished her Grand Valley State University career as a 3-time All-American and was part of three Division II National Championship sides. Corby was eligible for the 2017 NWSL Draft after the end of her stellar GVSU career (61 goals) and a call-up to U-23 USWNT camp. Steinlage played collegiately at MSU & Virginia and led UVA to the Final Four. In 2013, she was drafted by the Western New York Flash (NWSL) before playing overseas with Finnish side Vaasa IFK.

Michigan Legends FC Head Coach Saimir Rada - a former professional who holds a UEFA ‘A’ license - has extensive experience in Livingston County soccer which should help ensure that the organization’s first year is a success. Rada has put together a young and exciting roster this season chocked full of collegiate talent. Leading the way is defender Avery Hay, the 2016 BIG EAST Freshman of the Year and All-BIG EAST Freshman Team member for DePaul University.

Indy Premier SC vs. Toledo Villa FC
7:30 PM EDT - IUPUI Carroll Stadium

Indy Premier SC kicks off their inaugural season at the national pro-am level at the impressive Michael A. Carroll Stadium on the campus of IUPUI. The stadium has a 12,100 capacity and also serves as the home pitch of the Indy Eleven of the North American Soccer League (NASL). IPSC has a deep roster and it looks like there will be interesting competition at two important positions on the pitch: goalkeeper and forward.

A young goalkeeping corps is led by Sarah L'Hommodieu, who was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and Big Ten Freshman of the Week last fall for Indiana University. She started in all but one game for the Hoosiers with a 7-8-4 record (1.56 GAA, 93 saves). IU team captain Kayla Smith (started all 20 games in 2016) will anchor the midfield. IPSC has youth and experience at forward: Kelly Renie, the first Ole Miss Rebel to be named SEC Freshman of the Year (2002) and Freshman All-America; U.S. Under-18 forward Lauren Rice who has verbally committed to play for the University of Wisconsin; and Hannah Leinert, a NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region and All-MVC First Team selection at Illinois State (2013-14).

Toledo Villa FC will be led by a pair of women this season - Head Coach Lori Williams and player/coach Ella Walsh. Williams has coached the Anthony Wayne H.S. Varsity girls team for 14 seasons. In addition to her high school team, she is on the Olympic Development Staff at both the Ohio North and Region II levels. Walsh is a native of Swansea, Wales and has represented her country at the U-15/16 and U-19 levels and played club soccer for Swansea City Ladies FC from 2008-2011, competing in the European Champions League (2010 & 2011). The TVFC roster is stacked with talent from the University of Toledo and Bowling Green University.

SUNDAY, MAY 14

FC Indiana vs. Detroit Sun FC
2:00 PM EDT - Newton Park

FC Indiana is one of the more storied franchises in pro-am women’s soccer history, winning national championships at the U.S. Open Cup and WPSL levels, while also reaching the heights of the now-defunct W-League. History meets the future as they host the first-year Detroit Sun organization at New ton Park in Lakeville, IN. FCI will take on the challenge of the newly-formed UWS Midwest Conference and have a strong roster in their effort to reach another National Championship tournament.

Its no surprise that FCI has once again rolled out an internationally-based roster. In goal this season, there will be strong competition between former Minnesota Golden Gopher Tarah Hobbs (All-Big Ten Second Team) and Andrea Vera, who was part of the Ecuadorian squad at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Shek Borkowski’s connection with the Puerto Rican Women’s National Team manifests in defender Kelley Johnson and forward Laura Suarez. FCI captain & Indiana University midfielder Annelie Leitner will suit up for her fifth season, and is fresh off a call up to the Austrian Women’s National Team for the 2017 Cyprus Cup.

The Detroit Sun started their first year as a pro-am side on a strong note when they hired Skipper Mukhtar as Head Coach. Mukhtar has won multiple State Championships and led his teams to the 2014 USL W-20 & 2015 WPSL W-20 National titles as well as the 2015 WPSL Great Lakes Division crown. The Sun have a diverse roster led by University of Iowa and U.S U-20 Women’s National Team midfielder Natalie Winters. Other top signings include 2016 Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year Rachel DeLuca, U-20 Colombian Women’s National Team midfielder Maria Jaramillo and Bulgarian Player of the Year Evdokia Popadinova.

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.

F.C. Indiana's Leitner At The Cyprus Cup

03/01/2017, 3:15pm EST
By Admin

Detroit’s Winters & Santa Clarita’s Villacorta compete for U.S. U-20’s in Spain

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - F.C. Indiana captain & Indiana University junior midfielder Annelie Leitner was named to the Austrian Women’s National Team squad for the 2017 Cyprus Cup, which kicks off today. Austria will take on the likes of South Korea, New Zealand and Scotland in Group B action. Leitner is in her fifth season with the Lionesses, who will take part in the newly-formed United Women’s Soccer (UWS) Midwest Conference this summer.

The Salzburg, Austria native has competed with the Austrian U-19 and U-17 squads, but this is Leitner's first stint with the full national team. With the Hoosiers, Leitner has netted three goals and played in 38 games, while making 22 starts. In 2016, she scored in Indiana’s 1-1 draw with Louisville to open the season before suffering a year-ending injury.

Detroit Sun F.C. & University of Iowa freshman midfielder Natalie Winters and Santa Clarita Blue Heat & rising UCLA freshman midfielder Viviana Villacorta travel to Spain to play three games with the United States Under-20 Women’s National Team at the La Manga Tournament. The U-20’s will face the U-19 sides from Norway (March 3 at 11:30 AM ET), Germany (March 5 at 9 AM ET) and France (March 7 at 10 AM ET) but will be playing against teams with players from the same birth years.

This age group begins a new cycle with the goal of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France. The 24-player roster is a mixture of collegiate and youth club players with 10 already enrolled in college. The matches will be available to watch online with details coming on U.S. Soccer’s Twitter account for the Youth National Teams @ussoccer_ynt.

Winters will be a sophomore for the Hawkeyes in Fall 2017 after earning Big Ten All-Freshman Team honors last season. The Plymouth, Michigan native started all 19 games and scored two goals & three assists. Villacorta played in eight games last summer for the defending UWS champion Blue Heat, scoring in the team’s season-opening win over Houston and starting the UWS Final vs. New Jersey Copa F.C. The Lawndale, California native recently committed to play for the UCLA Bruins, starting next fall.

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.

UWS is managed by EDP, a leading soccer management company that runs a number of leagues and tournaments. In addition to UWS, EDP operates youth leagues that includes an NPL league, the EDP Super Club program, the EDP Premier League and the EDP Championship League. EDP also runs EDP Futures programs for U-7’s to U-12’s and it conducts more than 20 youth tournaments, including tournaments within its EDP Cup Series and EDP Showcase Series.

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 by e-mail at Joe@UWSSoccer.com.