Metuchen, NJ – Week VI kicked off the second half of the 2018 UWS Season and saw three of the four conference leaders answer tough challenges to maintain their spots at the top. East Conference leaders Rochester were able to grind out a 2-1 victory at home over a surging New Jersey Copa FC team while Calgary scored two early goals but held on for 70 minutes to see out a 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake Women, keeping their number one ranking in the West. And after picking up a convincing win over Fort Wayne earlier in the week, the defending UWS Champions Grand Rapids FC Women had to score twice inside the final 15 minutes to defeat Indy Premier on the road in order to stay atop the Midwest.
In a week that had a number of excellent offensive performances, Houston Aces striker Julie Gavorski continued her excellent start to the 2018 season by netting a hat trick in victory over FC Austin Elite, giving her the UWS Offensive Player of the Week nod. 2016 US Under-20 Women's World Cup team member Natalie Jacobs continues to excel in defense for LA Galaxy OC Women, earning UWS Defensive Player of the Week honors for her solid performance in a 4-0 victory over the Colorado Pride.
UWS TEAM OF THE WEEK (WEEK VI)
GK Caitie Broderick (Rochester Lancers) - Posted a seven-save effort for the East leaders against a surging New Jersey Copa FC side
D Brittany Champagne (New England Mutiny) - Strong performance in defense and assisted on the game-winner against Inferno Rush
D Jackie Mazzara (Detroit Sun FC) - Continued her consistent work in the back line in the win at Fort Wayne
D Natalie Jacobs (LA Galaxy OC Women) - Lock down defender who consistently halted any Colorado Pride attack on the weekend*
M Tiffany McCarty (LA Galaxy OC Women) - Named the Player of the Match in a dominant win over the Colorado Pride
M Marti Corby (Grand Rapids FC Women) - Controlled the midfield play to help lead GRFC to a pair of wins, also netting a goal
M Rehana Murani (Calgary Foothills Women's FC) - Scored the game-winning goal over Real Salt Lake Women for her second tally of the season
M Chloe Castaneda (Santa Clarita Blue Heat) - Solid performance in the center of the pitch and scored the late game-winner over So Cal Crush
F Julie Gavorski (Houston Aces) - Powered home a hat trick in the victory over FC Austin Elite
F Aubrey Schierbeek (Lansing United) - Spearheaded the Lansing attack with a hat trick in a convincing win over Indy Premier^
F Furtuna Velaj (New York Surf) - Scored a hat trick against Worcester Smiles in a must-win game for New York*
D Grace Stordy (Calgary Foothills Women's FC) - Young phenom continues to impress, assisted on opening goal against Real Salt Lake Women
M Brooke Barbuto (Rochester Lady Lancers) - Netted her seventh goal of the season in a big win over New Jersey Copa FC
F Kayla Saagar (Long Island Rough Riders) - Scored a late goal to help erase a two-goal deficit at Connecticut
F Katarina Nilsson (New Jersey Copa FC) - Had a multi-goal performance in the win over the Western New York Flash
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Natalie Jacobs (LA Galaxy OC Women)
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Julie Gavorski (Houston Aces)
* - indicates second appearance on the UWS Team of the Week
^ - indicates third appearances on the UWS Team of the Week
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UWS is a national women’s soccer league sanctioned by U.S. Soccer. 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.
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