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UWS Week III Preview: Midwest Conference

05/25/2017, 2:30pm EDT
By Admin

Fort Wayne United open their 2017 Midwest Conference campaign this weekend

METUCHEN, NJ - The opening slate of games in the newly-formed Midwest Conference of United Women’s Soccer (UWS) will come to a close this weekend, as the Fort Wayne United Gryphons are the final team in the conference to kick off their 2017 season. They will do it in style, hosting two home games this Memorial Day Weekend. Michigan Legends FC will host the second indoor game of the conference schedule - after Detroit’s home debut at Ultimate Soccer Arenas last weekend - as Indy Premier SC will travel north to the climate-controlled confines of the Legacy Center.

FRIDAY, MAY 26

Michigan Legends FC vs. Indy Premier SC
7:00 PM EDT - Legacy Center (Brighton, MI)

It has been a two-week layoff for Indy Premier SC (0-1 Midwest) - a 3-0 home loss to Toledo Villa FC (1-0-1 Midwest) - but Michigan Legends FC (0-1-1 Midwest) have steadily grown in stature since their own loss that same weekend. The GRFC Women (1-1 Midwest) hosted Michigan in both teams’ conference opener on Saturday, May 13th and held off a second-half rally by MLFC in the 3-1 victory for the home team. Michigan were on the road again last Sunday afternoon, but spoiled Toledo’s home opener with a late goal in a 2-2 draw.

Youngstown State University midfielder Maddie Hughes has been a revelation so far this season for MLFC Head Coach Saimir Rada, leading the team in goals scored (2). In the 49th minute of the loss to Grand Rapids, Hughes came off the bench and converted on midfielder Lindsey Carlson’s cross from the right flank to make it a 2-1 game. In the 6th minute of the 2-2 draw against Toledo, Hughes teamed up with forward Tori Singstock for the opening goal. Singstock sent a diagonal pass to Hughes who placed her shot high and inside the far post.

Indy Premier need to rebound after a disappointing home debut two weeks ago. With a short bench, Toledo got a huge 3-0 road victory over IPSC at Carroll Stadium on the campus of IUPUI. Villa midfielder Veronica Zaciek notched two first half goals to propel the visitors to victory. Indy Premier goalkeeper Claire Graves made four saves in the loss but it was the fact that IPSC was out-shot by a 9-2 margin that was of most concern.

SATURDAY, MAY 27

Fort Wayne United Gryphons vs. Grand Rapids FC Women
6:00 PM EDT - Warrior Athletic Field (Fort Wayne, IN)

The Fort Wayne United Gryphons kick off their Summer 2017 season this weekend with the first of four consecutive home games at Warrior Athletic Field on the campus of Indiana Institute of Technology. The Gryphons will be led by Juanma Pons Bascones this season, who played professional soccer in the Spanish Segunda Division and currently holds the highest national professional license in Spain. The Fort Wayne Head Coach has assembled a young, athletic but diverse roster with many connections to the United youth club.

The youth on the Gryphons this season is highlighted by a pair of players from Eastern Kentucky University: forward/defender Samantha Eastes and goalkeeper Lorah Pund. Eastes played in all 18 games of her freshman campaign last fall and Pund played club soccer for Fort Wayne United, with whom she went undefeated during the 2015 travel season and won the 2015 Indiana State Cup. But the team will also have experience to rely on, as three Murray State University alums have recently signed with the team: midfielder/forward Taylor Richerson, defender Taylor Stevens and midfielder Lyssie Wright.

The Gryphons face a stiff test in their season opener as the GRFC Women have proven to be a tough opponent in their first two conference games. On Saturday, May 13th at home, Grands Rapids were propelled by a brace from midfielder Anna Stinson and defeated Michigan Legends FC by a 3-1 score. But last Saturday in an early season matchup between two of the top Midwest teams, Detroit Sun FC (2-0 Midwest) scored first and held the lead in a 2-1 win over the visitors. GRFC cut the lead in half in the 79th minute when midfielder Avery Lockwood tucked home a penalty kick but could not get the road draw.

SUNDAY, MAY 28

Fort Wayne United Gryphons vs. Indy Premier SC
4:00 PM EDT - Warrior Athletic Field (Fort Wayne, IN)

Even though Sunday afternoon’s match between Fort Wayne United and Indy Premier will be the second of the weekend for both teams, the Gryphons have the tougher turnaround as far as time is concerned - even though they host this match. It will be less than 24 hours to recover from Saturday night’s match vs. Grand Rapids FC Women. Team depth will certainly a factor but familiarity as well which should work in Fort Wayne United’s favor as many players are club alumni.

This match vs. the Gryphons will be the second of five consecutive road games for Indy Premier SC. IPSC don’t return home to Park Tudor School until Sunday, June 18th when they host cross-town rivals FC Indiana (3:00 PM EDT) in an Indianapolis derby. Two positive results this weekend will go a long way to making their road trip feel like a drive to the corner store. Two more losses this weekend to drop their record to 0-3 could very well make this stretch of away games feel like the Odyssey.

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.

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.