Metuchen, NJ – As the UWS National Championship draws closer, Week IX confirmed the second of four conference winners as Calgary Foothills Women's FC defeated LA Galaxy OC Women last Friday night to claim the West title. Inferno Rush secured their spot in the East Conference Championship Game by winning two matches in the Western New York region while all the Midwest playoff teams that were in action picked up momentum building wins heading into the postseason.
Calgary Foothills Women's FC picked up a late equalizing goal against Santa Clarita in Week VIII, ensuring that a Week IX win over LA Galaxy OC Women would clinch their first West Conference title. Goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé came up big with an eight-save shutout to help clinch the West Conference crown, winning the UWS Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in 2018 as she also won the award back in Week IV. In the East Conference, the Inferno Rush picked up road wins against the Rochester Lady Lancers and the Western New York Flash to stay atop the conference standings. The teams' scoring load was carried by Haley Crawford, who scored a pair of goals against Rochester and was responsible for all four goals against the Flash, netting her the UWS Offensive Player of the Week award. She becomes the fourth Inferno Rush player to win a UWS Player of the Week award in 2018, joining Tesa McKibben (Week III) in winning the Offensive Player of the Week along with Defensive Player of the Week winners Kelly O'Brien (Week V) and Ashley Chilcoat (Week VIII).
UWS TEAM OF THE WEEK (WEEK IX)
GK Stephanie Labbé (Calgary Foothills Women's FC) - Earned her fourth shutout of the season with an eight-save performance against LA Galaxy OC Women*
D Kaitlin Loughren (Long Island Rough Riders) - Consistent performer in the Rough Riders back line, helped her side to a victory against Worcester
D Talia White (Calgary Foothills Women's FC) - Was part of a strong defensive performance in the West Conference title-clinching victory against LA Galaxy OC Women
D Chantelle Swaby (New England Mutiny) - Strong presence at center back in the win against New Jersey Copa FC
M Chanel Johnson (Connecticut Fusion) - Set the tone early with a pair of first half goals in a major road victory against Western New York Flash*
M Miah Zuazua (North Texas Image) - Had a match to remember against ASA El Paso by scoring a hat trick and adding a pair of assists
M Brooke Barbuto (Rochester Lady Lancers) - Posted another strong performance in the midfield despite falling to the Inferno Rush^
M Dani Evans (Detroit Sun FC) - Continues to lead UWS in assists after a one-goal, one-assist performance against Fort Wayne^
F Haley Crawford (Inferno Rush) - Scored six goals in a pair of matches in the Inferno Rush's road trip in the Western New York region
F Cindy Lay (Grand Rapids FC Women) - Wrapped up the regular season by scoring a hat trick in a dominant win over Fort Wayne
F Hailey North (Real Salt Lake Women) - Notched a hat trick in an impressive road victory over the Santa Clarita Blue Heat*
D Ashley Chilcoat (Inferno Rush) - Guided the Inferno Rush to a pair of road victories, notched an assist against Rochester
M Emily Jorgens (FC Austin Elite) - Posted a two-goal, four-assist weekend as FC Austin Elite split a pair of matches
F Lauren Wade (So Cal Crush FC) - Netted two goals and assisted on another to help So Cal to their first victory of the season
F Christina Arteaga (FC Austin Elite) - Impressive finish to the campaign with a hat trick in a win over ASA El Paso
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Stephanie Labbé (Calgary Foothills Women's FC)
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Haley Crawford (Inferno Rush)
* - indicates second appearance on the UWS Team of the Week
^ - indicates third appearance on the UWS Team of the Week
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