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Week IV: UWS Team Of The Week

06/05/2019, 4:00pm EDT
By UWS PR

Tanner leads GRFC to victory; O'Brien saves win for Inferno

METUCHEN, NJ - The calendar has turned to June and the pace of games in United Women's Soccer (UWS) has shifted up into second gear. A flurry of outstanding performances on both sides of the ball muddied the decision process for Player of the Week honors. In the end, winning (as always) was paramount and Riley Tanner's first-half hat trick in the first win of the season for defending Midwest champion Grand Rapids FC gave her the nod for Offensive Player of the Week honors. Kelly O'Brien is the defending UWS East Defensive Player of the Year for the Lancaster Inferno and came up with a big stop to save a win for her side. For her efforts, the former Lafayette College standout has been honored as the Defensive Player of the Week.

UWS TEAM OF THE WEEK (WEEK IV)

F Riley Tanner (Grand Rapids FC) - first half hat trick leads GRFC to first win of season

F Lauren Hughes (Houston Aces) - former professional & Rice University star nets two goals in win

F Camryn Evans (Lansing United) ^ - two goals in 3-2 win over Indiana for Midwest leader Lansing

M Rehana Murani (Calgary Foothills WFC) - former U-20 Canada WNT star ran the show in midfield

M Samantha Dewey (Indiana Union) - No. 1 star for her side in loss & win; tallied eight points 

M Brooke Barbuto (Syracuse DA) - reigning UWS MVP nets hat trick in victory over Worcester

M Lindsey Huie (LA Galaxy OC) - former USWNT & Univ. of Portland standout scores GWG vs. Colorado

M Taylor Bubnick (Queen City United) - Univ. of Regina Cougars star notches first goal in QCU history 

D Rachel Wood (New England Mutiny) - strong display from former Boston Breaker impressed both teams 

D Amanda Buck (Long Island Rough Riders) - led the Long Island defense in shutout win over Rochester

D Caroline Kopp (Syracuse DA) - America East Defender of the Year tallies goal in first-ever UWS win

GK Kelly O'Brien (Lancaster Inferno) - five saves including late stop on free kick in shutout vs. NJCFC

HONORABLE MENTION

F Joelle Gosselin (Calgary Foothills WFC) - headed in the GWG vs. Queen City United

F Ashley Sanchez (Santa Clarita Blue Heat) * - UCLA star's GWG from distance cements win over Colorado

M Chelsey Patterson (LA Galaxy OC) - solid defensive performance in win over Colorado

M Teresa Rook (Lancaster Inferno) - assisted on GWG & led Lancaster attack in win over New Jersey

D Charlotte Potts (Calgary Foothills WFC) - former Sunderland AFC & Newcastle United backbones win

D Annie Steinlage (Grand Rapids FC) - "monster" defense from the former professional in victory

GK Alexis Walker (Colorado Pride) * - reigning UWS Defensive POTW makes 19 saves in two one-goal losses

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK - F Riley Tanner (Grand Rapids FC)

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK - GK Kelly O'Brien (Lancaster Inferno)

* indicates second appearance on TOTW
^ indicates third appearance on TOTW

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