EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The inaugural season in United Women’s Soccer (UWS) ended this past Saturday with a dramatic double-overtime win for the host Santa Clarita Blue Heat (5-1-3) over New Jersey Copa F.C. (8-2-1) in the league championship. All that’s left to do is announce the All-UWS Team & individual awards and business can be concluded for the 2016 season. Santa Clarita leads the way, as they have three players on the All-UWS First Team and together with New Jersey have eight of the 18 players who have garnered league-wide honors.
When it comes to the league individual awards, Copa Head Coach Roberto Aguas & Associate Coach J.R. Balzarini have been named the UWS Coaches of the Year and their high-scoring forward Krystyna Freda is the UWS Player of the Year. Real Salt Lake Women’s veteran goalkeeper Rebecca Ritchie is the UWS Defensive Player of the Year. The selections for All-UWS honors were determined from the pool of those players & coaches who received All-Conference First Team and/or individual awards last week.
2016 All-UWS First Team
F KRYSTYNA FREDA - New Jersey Copa F.C.
F KATE HOWARTH - New England Mutiny
F KASANDRA MASSEY - Santa Clarita Blue Heat
MF TATIANA ARIZA - Houston Aces
MF JACKIE BRUNO - New Jersey Copa F.C.
MF CHLOE CASTANEDA - Santa Clarita Blue Heat
D CAROL SANCHEZ - Lancaster Inferno
D NATALIE NORRIS - Real Salt Lake Women
D KELLY EAGAN - Long Island Rough Riders
D YADIRA TORAYA - Santa Clarita Blue Heat
GK REBECCA RITCHIE - Real Salt Lake Women
2016 All-UWS Honorable Mention
F JEANINE NUNEZ - New Jersey Copa F.C.
MF MICHELE MURPHY VASCONCELOS - Real Salt Lake Women
MF STEPHANIE SANTOS - New England Mutiny
D KELSEY GUDGEON - Santa Clarita Blue Heat
D LEXI LONG - Colorado Pride
D ALLYSON SWABY - New England Mutiny
GK KRISTYN SHEA - New Jersey Copa F.C.
UWS Coach Of The Year
ROBERTO AGUAS - New Jersey Copa F.C.
J.R. BALZARINI - New Jersey Copa F.C.
UWS Player Of The Year
KRYSTYNA FREDA - New Jersey Copa F.C.
UWS Defensive Player Of The Year
REBECCA RITCHIE - Real Salt Lake Women
UWS “Iron Women” Of The Year
East: New York Magic - KRISTINA HRISTIC
West: Santa Clarita Blue Heat - KELSEY GUDGEON
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.