METUCHEN, NJ - The end-of-season awards wrapped up recently in the collegiate ranks and a slew of current & former United Women's Soccer (UWS) alumni were honored for their fall competitive seasons. All and all, thirteen UWS stars were named All-Americans in their respective divisions which include DI-III, NAIA and Junior College. Familiar names include the 2017 UWS Player of the Year & Florida State University midfielder Deyna Castellanos and DII CCA East Region Player of the Year & University of Bridgeport forward Maegen Doyle, who both helped lead their teams to national championships.
"We would like to congratulate all of our UWS alumni on the conclusion of their fall seasons," said UWS Commissioner Joe Ferrara, Jr. "And we want to especially recognize those standouts who were bestowed one of the ultimate honors in all of collegiate sports. Being named an All-American holds enormous value and these players are now all-time legends for their respective college programs."
For the full list, see below:
NCAA Division I All-America
F Deyna Castellanos (Florida State University - Santa Clarita Blue Heat) *
F Evdokia Popadinova (Florida Gulf Coast University - Santa Clarita Blue Heat)
D Natalia Kuikka (Florida State University - Santa Clarita Blue Heat)
NCAA Division II All-America
D Cecilia Steinwascher (Grand Valley State University - Detroit Sun FC)
M Anna Gregg (University of Colorado-Colorado Springs - Colorado Pride)
M Riko Sagara (Grand Valley State University - Lansing United)
F Maegen Doyle (University of Bridgeport - New York Surf)
D Rebecca Conway (Mercy College - New York Surf)
M Sabrina Cone (St. Edward's University - FC Austin Elite)
NCAA Division III All-America
M Megan Barwick (William Smith College - Rochester Lady Lancers) *
United Soccer Coaches NAIA All-America
M Bethany Balcer (Spring Arbor University - Grand Rapids FC) ***
F Millene Cabral (Martin Methodist College - Santa Clarita Blue Heat) **
D Lauren Orr (Spring Arbor University - Lansing United)
United Soccer Coaches Junior College Division I All-America
D Veronica Herrera (Iowa Western Community College - Colorado Pride)
* two-time selection
** three-time selection
*** four-time selection
About United Women's Soccer (UWS): We are 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.