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UWS Midwest Conference Playoffs

07/13/2017, 7:00pm EDT
By Admin

Top four teams battle it out in Grandville, MI this weekend

METUCHEN, NJ - The regular season has concluded in the Midwest Conference of United Women’s Soccer (UWS) and this weekend the top four teams will battle it out for the automatic berth into the UWS National Championship (July 21-22). Grand Rapids FC Women (8-1-1 Midwest) are the regular season champions and host the Midwest playoffs this Saturday & Sunday (July 15-16) at Grandville High School in Grandville, MI.

GRFC will take on fourth-place FC Indiana (4-6 Midwest) at 7:30 PM on Saturday while second-place Detroit Sun FC (6-1-3 Midwest) and third-place Michigan Legends FC (4-3-3 Midwest) re-commence their in-state rivalry in the first Midwest Semifinal at 4:30 PM. Grand Rapids was victorious over FC Indiana in both contests this season. Detroit went 1-0-1 against Michigan in their season series.

The two Semifinal winners will go face-to-face in the 2017 UWS Midwest Final on Sunday, July 16 at 6:00 PM (EDT). Grandville High School will also be the host venue for the UWS National Championship. Tickets for this weekend’s Midwest playoffs are priced at $10 for a one-day pass and $15 for a two-day pass. To buy your tickets online, click HERE.

UWS MIDWEST CONFERENCE PLAYOFFS

Saturday, July 15

#2 Detroit Sun FC vs. #3 Michigan Legends FC - 4:30 PM (EDT)

#1 Grand Rapids FC Women vs. #4 FC Indiana - 7:30 PM (EDT)

Sunday, July 16

Midwest Final: semifinal winners - 6:00 PM (EDT)

“Our first season in UWS has been an amazing experience so far,” said GRFC Head Coach Lewis Robinson. “Our team has grown throughout the year and we are really looking forward to competing against the top teams in the Midwest this weekend at home in Grandville!”

“It has been a season of growth for Detroit Sun FC,” said Detroit Sun FC Head Coach Skipper Mukhtar. “We have seen each and every one of our girls improve from game to game and we know we have what it takes to win and represent the Midwest Conference in the National Championship. We are very excited to peak at this point in the season and look forward to seeing girls like Madison Schupbach and our goalkeeper Caitlyn Clem lead our team to a deep playoff run.”

“We are very excited and proud to be part of the UWS Midwest playoff,” said Michigan Legends FC Head Coach Saimir Rada. “The league has been fantastic for our players as they prepare for the upcoming college soccer season. The Legends women have competed hard all season. I'm happy for the players to have earned a chance to play a tough opponent.”

“We are very excited to be in the Midwest playoffs,” said FC Indiana Head Coach Justin Crew. “This was a goal of ours from the beginning, so for it to now be a reality is very gratifying. I am very proud of the players, my staff and everyone involved with FC Indiana. It has been a total team effort.”

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: Team Of The Week

07/11/2017, 4:30pm EDT
By Admin

A pair of substitutes steal the show in Week IX action

METUCHEN, NJ - The regular season is winding down in United Women’s Soccer (UWS) and the excitement is building for the postseason. Santa Clarita will defend their 2016 UWS title as West champions, the four-team Midwest playoffs kick off this weekend, New Jersey awaits their East Final opponent while a couple of teams sweat out the decision process for the “wild card” team in the 2017 National Championship (July 21-22) held in Grandville, MI. Out of the blue, a pair of substitutes - New England’s Marissa Aniolowski and Calgary’s Keara Thompson - came off the bench to lead their teams to important victories. The young Seton Hall standout and former UW-Milwaukee star played a huge part in each organization’s respective missions to reach the postseason.

UWS TEAM OF THE WEEK (WEEK IX)

F BETHANY BALCER (GRFC Women) # - 3 goals & assist continues torrid scoring run
F ERICA MURPHY (New York Surf) - 3 goals lead Surf to possible wild card berth
F CARISSIMA CUTRONA (Western New York Flash) $ - 4 goals, assist in win over NY Magic
MF KEARA THOMPSON (Calgary Foothills Women’s FC) - first-half sub scores 3 goals & assist in 4-1 win
MF KATRINA KOOMEN (Michigan Legends FC) - 2 goals, assist in playoff-clinching win
MF DEYNA CASTELLANOS (Santa Clarita Blue Heat) $ - 2 goals including 35-yard golazo
MF MARISSA ANIOLOWSKI (New England Mutiny) - first half sub scores 2 goals in 4-0 win
D ALEXA SIEGEL (Fort Wayne United Gryphons) - led defensive shutout in season finale
D NATALIE KUIKKA (Santa Clarita Blue Heat) # - another UWS TOTW selection for FSU standout
D JENNY BITZER (New Jersey Copa FC) - right back shut down Lancaster’s top scorer
GK EMILY BURNS * (Calgary Foothills Women’s FC) - 8 saves to keep Calgary in game

HONORABLE MENTION

F MADISON SCHUPBACH (Detroit Sun FC) # - 2 goals in season finale win over Toledo
F BRENNA BROWN (New England Mutiny) * - 2 goals in season finale win over WNY
MF RACHEL CORBOZ (New York Surf) - creativity & distribution in 3-2 win over Long Island
D BROOKE SALMON (New York Surf) - led defense to most important win of season 
GK ADRIANA MALDONADO * (So Cal Crush FC) - 12 saves in 2-1 loss to West champions
GK JORDAN KAMP (Lancaster Inferno) - 10 saves in 1-0 loss to East regular season champs

* 2nd appearance on UWS Team Of The Week
# 3rd appearance on UWS Team Of The Week
$ 4th appearance on UWS Team Of The Week

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: Midwest Conference

07/10/2017, 4:15pm EDT
By Admin

Two wins propel Michigan Legends FC into Midwest playoffs

DETROIT SUN FC 2, TOLEDO VILLA FC 1

PONTIAC, MI - Detroit Sun FC (6-1-3 Midwest) helped complete the field for the four-team Midwest playoffs (July 15-16) with their 2-1 win over Toledo Villa FC (3-6-1 Midwest) in the last regular season game in conference play. If Toledo had won on Sunday afternoon at Ultimate Soccer Arenas, they would’ve finished in fourth place and qualified for the postseason. But with Toledo’s loss, FC Indiana (4-6 Midwest) backed into the Midwest playoffs after losing their last three games of the 2017 campaign. Two goals from team-leading scorer Madison Schupbach (nine goals, four assists) led the Detroit offense while Caitlyn Clem made seven saves in the victory.

In the 42nd minute, forward Evdokia Popadinova crossed the ball to Schupbach who volleyed her shot past Villa goalkeeper Kathleen Duvwe (nine saves) for the 1-0 lead. In the 45th minute, the Bowling Green standout won the ball and converted on an unassisted strike for the 2-0 score. But Detroit would go down to ten players before halftime, as Popadinova was shown a red card after an altercation with Toledo defender Kirsten Catloth. The visitors than lost the services of leading scorer Skylar Fleak (eight goals) in the 72nd minute after she collided with Clem on an aerial challenge. Kristina Demarco’s goal for Villa in the 87th minute would be little consolation as Toledo’s postseason hopes were dashed with the final whistle.

MICHIGAN LEGENDS FC 3, FC INDIANA 1

BRIGHTON, MI - Off the strength of two home victories over Midwest playoff opposition to end the regular season - while also out-scoring their opponents by a 6-1 margin - Michigan Legends FC (4-3-3 Midwest) finished in third place in the final conference standings. Michigan will now face in-state rivals Detroit in the first Midwest Conference Semifinal on this Saturday, July 15th at 4:30 PM (EDT) at Grandville High School in Grandville, MI. On Sunday afternoon inside the Legacy Center against FC Indiana (4-6 Midwest), a two goal-assist performance from midfielder Katrina Koomen led the offense while Gabby Gauruder made four saves in net as MLFC won by a 3-1 score in their home finale.

It was the visitors who opened the scoring in this match, as midfielder Annelie Leitner threaded her shot past Gauruder in the 58th minute. It only took Michigan thirty seconds to respond and tie the score. Koomen sent in a pass behind FCI goalkeeper Andrea Vera (three saves) and forward Kristin Abbott tallied her first goal of the season on an easy open net tap-in. Legends FC rolled on from there and in the 70th minute, leading scorer Tori Singstock (seven goals, assist) tapped her free kick to Koomen who bent her strike past Vera from 18 yards out. The Charleston standout was feeling it and in the 79t minute, finished the scoring on the night with a 25-yard blast to put an exclamation point on the postseason-clinching win.

INDY PREMIER SC 1, GRAND RAPIDS FC WOMEN 7

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Midfielder Bethany Balcer continued her torrid scoring run to end the regular season on Saturday night, tallying three goals and an assist in an emphatic 7-1 win for the Grand Rapids FC Women (8-1-1 Midwest) on the road against Indy Premier SC (2-7-1 Midwest). Grand Rapids hosts the four-team Midwest playoffs this upcoming weekend and will host FC Indiana at 7:30 PM (EDT) on Saturday night. IPSC’s slim hopes for a postseason berth were scuttled the night before via a loss to Fort Wayne, and that disappointment appeared to seep into Indy Premier’s finale as the visitors scored early and often at Park Tudor School. GRFC goalkeeper Lauren Kozal made three saves in the victory while her counterpart Claire Graves stopped five shots in the losing effort.

Balcer converted on a through ball from forward Riko Sagara in the seventh minute of play and in the very next minute, forward Avery Lockwood converted on a give-and-go with Samantha Maher for the early 2-0 lead. Balcer’s cross in the 28th minute found Lockwood who headed the ball home for her third goal of the season. Two minutes later, Lockwood sent a ball over the top of the IPSC defense and Balcer made the score 4-0 and it remained that way going into halftime. A goal from Balcer and two from midfielder Anna Stinson in the second half completed the scoring for Grand Rapids. Indy Premier’s leading scorer Brady Riley (five goals, two assists) tallied the lone goal for the home side in the 72nd minute on an assist from midfielder Kayla Smith.

MICHIGAN LEGENDS FC 3, TOLEDO VILLA FC 0

BRIGHTON, MI - Michigan Legends FC began their impressive two-game homestead to conclude the regular season in fine fashion last Friday night, shutting out the Toledo Villa FC offense and getting a goal-assist performance from forward Kristelle Yewah in a 3-0 win at the Legacy Center. It was the second shutout in the last five games of the 2017 campaign for Michigan, who allowed only five goals during the eventual 3-1-1 streak to qualify for the Midwest playoffs. Gabby Gauruder (six saves) was a stonewall in goal again for MLFC, notching her second straight shutout, while Kathleen Duvwe made four saves in the loss.

Legends FC opened the scoring in the 37th minute on forward Tori Singstock’s unassisted goal on a breakaway. In the 69th minute, Yewah’s cross found Sydney O'Donnell and she converted her first goal of the season for the 2-0 lead. In the 74th minute, midfielder Katrina Koomen’s cross found Yewah who finished the scoring on the night. Michigan out-shot Toledo by a slim 8-7 margin. After a strong 3-2 win over FC Indiana to open their four-game road trip to end the regular season, it was the second straight loss for the Villa Women who were out-scored by a 7-0 margin over those two games.

INDY PREMIER SC 0, FORT WAYNE UNITED GRYPHONS 1

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - In a game that was delayed by lightning, Indy Premier SC’s offense could not capture it in a bottle, dropping a tough 1-0 loss to the Fort Wayne United Gryphons (3-6-1 Midwest) and ending their slim hopes of a spot in the four-team Midwest playoffs. The victory pushed Fort Wayne past IPSC in the conference standings and would eventually finish in sixth place after the weekend’s action. Morgan Halliwill’s game-winning tally in the 56th minute put her at the top of the team’s scoring charts alongside Hannah Tillet, who provided the assist on her goal - both players finished the season with six points. The combination of Hannah Parrish and Lorah Pund made five total saves in goal in the win while Claire Graves made four saves for Indy Premier in the loss.

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.