EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The 2016 regular season in United Women’s Soccer (UWS) concluded this past weekend with the final games in the East Conference. New Jersey Copa F.C. (8-1-1) took the title with two weekends left in conference play, and will head to southern California for this Saturday’s showdown vs. the West champion Santa Clarita Blue Heat (4-1-3). But there was still the matter of second-place to be decided, as four teams still had a chance to claim East runner-up status going into the league’s penultimate weekend.
Kate Howarth not only led the New England Mutiny (6-4) to a second-place finish in the UWS East via her two goals in Saturday’s 3-0 win over the TSF Academy Valkyries (3-4-3), but she also claimed second in the 2016 UWS scoring race (nine goals, four assists) as well as a career-defining honor, too. Howarth (32 goals, 12 assists) now sits in second-place behind former U.S. Women’s National Team member Mary-Frances Monroe (36 goals, 21 assists) on the all-time Mutiny scoring charts. With her impressive feat, the Mutiny team captain has been named UWS East Offensive Player of the Week.
This season has been a tough one for the New York Magic (0-8-2), but one player that has proven to be a star for them is goalkeeper Samantha Depken. This is not anything new, as the Magic shot-stopper was recognized for her efforts in the now-defunct W-League and after her effort in a 0-0 draw vs. the Lancaster Inferno (4-5-1) on Saturday, she picks up her second UWS weekly honor this year. With her six stops in the draw, Depken has made the most amount of saves (67) in UWS this season and has been named UWS East Defensive Player of the Week for the second time.
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.
Media can contact UWS Director of Communications Jorma Kansanen by e-mail at Press@UWSSoccer.com. You can visit the league’s official website at UWSSoccer.com. Interested team applicants can contact League Commissioner Joe Ferrara by e-mail at Joe@UWSSoccer.com.