EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - As a first-year team at this level of play, New Jersey Copa F.C. has had to work to make a name for themselves in the national pro-am women’s soccer league. So far, so good in the UWS East Conference as Copa has played the most amount of games and has a winning record to show for it (2-1-1). They are currently in first place but with most teams only having played half the amount of games, NJCFC will need to keep up their great work.
Copa netted their second win yesterday afternoon, as they hosted an experienced New York Magic side at Mercer County Community College and added to their burgeoning team maturity with an impressive 4-0 victory. Forward Krystyna Freda came off the bench to score two goals while defender Callie Duliba led the defense to another shutout. Both players have been named the UWS East Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week respectively for their important contributions in Sunday’s victory.
Nursing an injury, Freda was a quality substitute off the bench for Head Coach Roberto Aguas in this match as she was already tied for the team lead in goals scored on the season (2). Krystyna would add two more to her season tally in the 66th and 85th minutes in the win over New York, as her presence made a huge difference for the NJCFC offense. With her four goals scored in four games, she is now tied with UWS league leader Kate Howarth. Scoring goals for fun is not new to Freda, as she netted 10 times in 14 games for Merilappi United of the Finnish Naisten Liga.
Duliba has started and played every game for Copa so far this season, and the center back’s leadership has started to pay dividends as in the last three games, her side has allowed only two goals. In the win over the Magic, Callie worked very hard to organize the defense while exhibiting a tremendous presence for her team. The Villanova University standout is proving to be a great two-woman defensive duo this year for Aguas, alongside last week’s East Defensive Player of the Week and Copa goalkeeper Kristyn Shea.
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.
UWS is managed by EDP, a leading soccer management company that runs a number of leagues and tournaments. In addition to UWS, EDP operates youth leagues that includes an NPL league, the EDP Super Club program, the EDP Premier League and the EDP Championship League. EDP also runs EDP Futures programs for U-7’s to U-12’s and it conducts more than 20 youth tournaments, including tournaments within its EDP Cup Series and EDP Showcase Series.
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