METUCHEN, NJ - Teams in the East and Midwest made their early season pitch for conference supremacy, while perennial powers in the Southwest and West survived upset alerts in United Women’s Soccer (UWS).
A rarity that a player on the wrong side of the scoreboard would garner Defensive Player of the Week, but it is hard to ignore a record-setting performance from Alexis Walker of the Colorado Pride. Walker stopped 15 shots from an offensive juggernaut in the Santa Clarita Blue Heat. The 15 saves were the most in a UWS match. The final score line read 2-0 for the road team, but Walker was beaten in the 69th minute and then in the waning moments when the Pride pressed for the equalizer.
For Offensive Player of the Week we travel north of the border in Canada, Calgary’s Tanya Boychuk was not keen on welcoming a second Canadian outfit to UWS. The Foothills forward scored four goals as Calgary defeated host Queen City of Saskatchewan 5-0 in their debut. Boychuk became the first UWS player to score a quartet of goals since Haley Crawford of Lancaster Inferno potted the same against WNY Flash last season.
UWS TEAM OF THE WEEK (WEEK III)
GK Alexis Walker (Colorado Pride) – UWS record 15 save performance against Santa Clarita
D Jen Laponte (Houston Aces) – dominant on defense and game-winning assist for former NWSL player
D Sonia Rada (Lancaster Inferno) – anchored Inferno’s defense to hold Syracuse DA to only 7 shots on goal
M Tesa McKibben (Lancaster Inferno) – led Inferno's attack, notching 2 goals including the game winner
M Gabriella Mencotti (Detroit Sun) – former National Player of the Year dominates center of the pitch for Sun
M Riko Sagara (GRFC) – goal and an assist for the two-time Midwest champions
M Ashley Sanchez (Santa Clarita Blue Heat) – controlled the show for 90 minutes in dominant win
F Tanya Boychuk (Calgary Foothills) – first player to score 4 goals in a UWS match since Inferno's Crawford in 2018
F Meghan Doyle (Connecticut Fusion) – three goals in 4-0 rout of Rochester Lancers
F Camryn Evans (Lansing United) – 2 goals in Lansing’s victory over the Mighty Oak
F Grace Hawkins (LI Rough Riders) – has scored in 3 consecutive matches for the Rough Riders; game-winner vs NJ
GK Liz Amanda-Brown (FC Austin Elite) – valiant effort in near upset of defending National Champions
M Gianna Patlove (Michigan Legends) – game-winner for Michigan against Ann Arbor
F Cassidy Lindley (Indiana Union) – goal and assist for UWS most improved team of 2019
F Claire Myers (Rochester Lancers) – 2 goals against Worcester in weekend split
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Alexis Walker (Colorado Pride)
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Tanya Boychuk (Calgary Foothills)