SATURDAY, JULY 14
ASA El Paso vs. HAR FC
6:00 PM MDT – Socorro Stadium (El Paso, TX)
ASA El Paso and HAR FC met back in the first weekend of Southwest Conference matches back on June 3rd and it was HAR FC who scored a 3-2 victory at the Houston Sports Park. Now these two teams will wrap up their respective seasons out in West Texas. It has been a challenging season for ASA, as they’ve dropped their last four matches since defeating FC Austin Elite 5-4 back on June 9th. Last weekend, they conceded 16 goals in two games as they fell 8-1 to FCA and 8-0 to North Texas. But this team has been a much better side at home this year and will hope that a little home cooking, plus a week to recover and work on their defensive shape, will yield them a positive result.
HAR FC put together two performances last weekend that they would be very happy with. On Saturday, they lost to Houston 4-0 but unlike many of the Aces’ opponents this year, they shut it down defensively in the second half and didn’t let the leagues’ highest scoring offense inflate the scoreline. And on Sunday, the team snapped their five-match losing streak with a strong 3-1 victory over a very good FC Austin Elite side. Idalys Rea got HAR FC on the board in the first half and then Kate Edwards and Sophia Manibo each scored within the first 15 minutes of the second half to put the contest away. Salma Ghazal picked up the win in net with a five-save effort and now they will look to finish off the season the way that they started it, by taking a result against ASA El Paso.
Houston Aces vs. North Texas Image
7:00 PM CDT – Houston Sports Park (Houston, TX)
The Southwest Conference Champion Houston Aces found out last week that Calgary Foothills Women’s FC will join them at the UWS National Championship, as Calgary clinched the West with a win over LA Galaxy OC Women. After learning that news, Houston breezed through HAR FC with a 4-0 victory to keep their perfect season alive. This week, they will face a good test that will get them ready for the National semifinals as they take on North Texas Image. When these two teams met back on June 9th, the Aces needed three goals in the second half to put the match away as UWS leading scorer Gisela Arrieta bagged two to ice the game off. Now on their home turf, they will look to put in another confident performance in their preparations for next week’s National Championship.
Ever since their first match against the Aces, North Texas have gone on a nice run by winning four of their last five games, only losing 2-0 to FC Austin Elite. The Image picked up a resounding 8-0 victory over ASA El Paso last week and saw Miah Zuazua get a nod on the Week IX UWS Team of the Week with her three-goal, three-assist performance. Even though the Image have known for a couple weeks that their quest for a Conference crown was cut short due to the Aces’ brilliance this season, they can play a spoiler role in their opponents preparation for the National Championships by traveling down to Houston and coming away with a result. Which, that will be all the motivation that Joe Soliz’s side need to get the job done.
About United Women's Soccer:
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.
Media can contact the UWS Communications office by e-mail at UWSPress@gmail.com. You can visit the league’s official website at UWSSoccer.com. Interested team applicants can contact League Commissioner Joe Ferrara, Jr. by e-mail at Joe@UWSSoccer.com.