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Week VIII: UWS Team Of The Week

07/02/2019, 8:00pm EDT

Howarth keeps lighting the lamp; Henderson stands tall despite loss

METUCHEN, NJ - Teams are maneuvering for postseason consideration in all four conferences of United Women's Soccer (UWS) and this week's edition of the Team of the Week mirrors that suspense and drama. Stay tuned as UWS will release their playoff format for the 2019 campaign in the coming days. Players on playoff-bound teams rose up to the challenge but there were also a few performances from sides looking to finish their season with their heads held high. A familiar name once again led her team to victory, as Kate Howarth of the first-place New England Mutiny kept up her assault on the league scoring charts with a 10-point performance over the space of two wins. On the other end of the spectrum, Worcester Smiles goalkeeper Brittany Henderson single-handedly kept her winless side in contention for their first points of the season but fell just short in stoppage time.

For their efforts, Kate Howarth and Brittany Henderson have respectively been named the Offensive & Defensive Players of the Week! For the full list of our weekly honors, see below:


F Alyssa Thompson (Santa Clarita Blue Heat) - two goals incl. GWG in 3-2 win over Calgary

F Kate Howarth (New England Mutiny) # - participated in all five goals vs. Rochester; 4g, 2a in two wins

M/F Maegen Doyle (Connecticut Fusion) * - two goals in playoff-clinching win over New Jersey

M Katie Soderstrom (Indiana Union) - two goals in win over AFC Ann Arbor

M Tatiana Ariza (Houston Aces) * - hat trick in win over San Antonio to clinch conference

M Claire Abrey (Queen City United) - No. 1 offensive star for QCU staff in 2-1 road win over Colorado

M/D Paige Hayward (Houston Aces) * - anchored defense that allowed only three goals in six matches

D Natalie Jacobs (LA Galaxy OC) ^ - game-tying goal to keep LAGOC in West title race

D Bethany Cyrtmus (FC Austin Elite) * - GWG, back save off the line in 2-1 win at El Paso

D Ellie Jean (New England Mutiny) ^ - No. 1 defensive star for NEM staff in two wins; goal & assist

GK Brittany Henderson (Worcester Smiles) - 13 stops (leads UWS in total saves) in late loss to Lancaster


F Jackie Richards (Lancaster Inferno) - scored goals in both matches on 1-1-0 weekend trip

F Kendra Longoria (Grand Rapids FC) - goal & assist in 2-1 win over AFC Ann Arbor

M/F Mya Jones (Calgary Foothills WFC) - "electric" in Santa Clarita loss; goal in 1-1 draw vs. LA

D Jennifer Grubb (Colorado Pride) - 41 year-old former professional played full 90 minutes in loss

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK - F Kate Howarth (New England Mutiny)

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK - GK Brittany Henderson (Worcester Smiles)

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

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