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Week X Preview: UWS East

07/12/2018, 3:45pm EDT
By Admin

Five teams battle for final spot in East Conference Championship Game

SATURDAY, JULY 14

New York Surf vs. New Jersey Copa FC

1:30 PM EDT – SUNY Maritime (Bronx, NY)

Unfortunately for New York and New Jersey, their year will come to an end after Saturday’s match as both sides were eliminated from postseason contention in Week IX. But, both will want to finish the season on a high note so expect nothing less than a quality match out of this one. Despite early season struggles, New York have been playing some really good soccer lately, going 2-1-1 in their last four matches. Also, they’ve been able to take points off New England and Connecticut to make their respective roads to the postseason more challenging. The Menta sisters have propelled the team on the offensive front during that stretch as older sister Melissa is second on the team in scoring with four goals, with younger sister Jenna running run behind her with three. Jenna also played the part of hero in the Surf’s last match in Week VIII as she scored the game-tying and winning goals inside the final ten minutes against the Fusion. Expect those two to be at it again on Saturday afternoon as they try to lift their team to a season-ending win.

For New Jersey Copa FC, 2018 was a setback season after making the East Conference Championship Game in each of the last two seasons, including winning it and advancing to the UWS National Championship Game in 2016. But the stretch run took a toll on the Garden State side as they’ve lost four of their last five matches after starting the season 2-1-1. To be fair, those five matches included a pair against top-ranked Inferno Rush and the other three contests came against teams still alive in the playoff hunt. But, they’ve hurt themselves by continually giving up the first goal and having to play from behind during this stretch, which at the end of the day, that will come back to hurt you against the caliber of opponents that they’ve faced. But they will look to finish the year on a high note as they play the return match against the Surf, after drawing with them 1-1 back on June 2nd. That contest saw the Surf jump out to a first half lead by way of Melissa Menta’s first goal of the season before Tori Baliatico leveled things in the second half. But the match was cut short in the 85th minute due to bad weather in the region and ultimately, it was ruled a draw. So with a little unfinished business to attend to, this rematch could be fun to watch.

Inferno Rush vs. Long Island Rough Riders

3:00 PM EDT – Manheim Township H.S. (Lancaster, PA)

Last weekend, the Inferno Rush clinched the Regular season title in the East Conference by winning both of their matches in the Western New York region. First, they beat Rochester 3-1 last Saturday by the strength of a pair of Haley Crawford strikes and then on Sunday, they took down Western New York 4-2 with Crawford scoring all four goals for her team. The JMU striker, who later earned the Week IX UWS Offensive Player of the Week award for her efforts, vaulted herself into second place in the UWS Goal scoring charts with ten tallies, trailing only Houston’s Gisela Arrieta by two. So while the Rush will wait around to see who they will be playing in the East Conference Championship Game next week, they will want to keep the momentum going into the postseason with a good performance against Long Island. However, this matchup against Long Island hasn’t done them any favors as they’ve lost three of the four all-time meetings, including a less than memorable 6-1 loss at home last year. But, the Rush have overcome almost every challenge thrown their way this season so expect nothing less than a strong effort on Saturday.

Now this is where the East Conference starts to get very interesting. The Rough Riders are in a group of five teams that are still fighting for the second spot in that East Conference Championship Game. Currently, they are in a three-way tie with New England and Rochester in third place on 14 points and while there are plenty of scenarios that could see them make that Conference Championship Game, they first need to beat Inferno Rush. As stated above, they’ve won three of the four previous meetings against them so they’ve got that to lean on come Saturday. Also, since their come-from-behind 2-2 draw at Connecticut on June 16th, they picked up confidence boosting wins against New England and Worcester to keep their playoff hopes alive. Morgan Santoro broke out last week with four goals against the Smiles and Kayla Saager continues to put together a fine season as she leads the team offensively with five goals and two assists. Long Island will look again to those two to stay hot offensively against one of the best defenses in the league.

New England Mutiny vs. Connecticut Fusion

3:00 PM EDT – Agawam H.S. (Agawam, MA)

Two more sides that are in the middle of that five-team fight for second place will clash for the second time this year on Saturday. New England traveled to the Farmington Sports Arena on May 11th and played the part of spoilers in the Connecticut Fusion’s inaugural match, winning 3-2 with substitute Elena Santos netting the winner in the 75th minute. But for what was a very bright start to the season, New England will consider 2018 a bit of a disappointing one as far too often for their liking, they’ve dropped key points by giving away leads in the second half. But, they can’t worry about the past and can only focus on the present as they still have a realistic chance of clinching that second spot in the East Conference Championship weekend. A win plus a bit of help elsewhere will see the side, led by eight-goal campaign from Kate Howarth, reach the postseason for the first time in their time in UWS.

After defeating the Western New York Flash on the road in Week IX, they have the most direct and straightforward path to the East Conference Championship Game. A win against New England followed up by a victory on Sunday against Worcester will clinch their spot and send them off to face the Inferno Rush next week. UWS Week IX Team of the Week member Chanel Johnson stepped up to the challenge last week as her first-half brace propelled the Fusion to a 2-1 victory up in Buffalo. And they got an inspired performance from that match by Meghan Dalton in goal as the Bryant College product came up with eight saves to preserve the win. But even though Connecticut's path to the postseason is clear, they can't worry about their second game until their first one is over so expect them to press early and take it to New England as they look to pick up a necessary three points.

Western New York Flash vs. Rochester Lady Lancers

6:00 PM EDT – D’Youville College (Buffalo, NY)

No doubt that a lot of eyes will be fixed on the happenings in Buffalo on Saturday evening as the Flash will take on the Lady Lancers for the second time in three weeks. Western New York, who returned to their organization’s old stomping grounds at the Marina Auto Stadium during their previous days in WPS and the NWSL, took a 2-1 decision over Rochester with Carissima Cutrona scoring a brace. The Flash didn’t do themselves any favors last weekend as they squandered an opportunity to secure their spot in the East Conference Championship Game by dropping back-to-back home matches. They fell 2-1 to Connecticut on Saturday night, despite a furious comeback in the second half but were overwhelmed by Inferno Rush on Sunday and lost 4-2. But, the path still is fairly clear for them to secure a spot in the postseason as a win plus the Connecticut Fusion failing to pick up all six points from the weekend will get the job done. The Flash have experienced trouble at home however as they’ve lost all four matches at D’Youville Collge this season and have been outscored 15-7 by their opponents. Which is of course the great irony with this team as they are a perfect 5-0 on the road, so perhaps tricking their minds to think that this is road match may be answer that the Flash will need to get the job done.

Similar to their regional rival, the Rochester Lady Lancers have struggled at home but have excelled on the road. Despite a 1-4 record at the Marina Auto Stadium, Sal Galvano’s team is 3-0-1 on the road and will hope that recipe for success can come true one more time this weekend. After winning the three prior matches going into their first meeting with the Flash, they’ve dropped their last two matches and have fallen from first place to being in the three-way tie for third. Last week, the Lady Lancers went ahead halfway through the first half against the Rush with a brilliant solo effort from Brooke Barbuto, as the former Stony Brook product continues her wonderful season by leading the squad with eight goals but they couldn't find an answer to unlock their opponents defense and ultimately lost. Now unlike the Flash, their road to the East Conference Championship Game is far more challenging as a win won’t be enough to clinch their spot. They will need at minimum a win (and scoring a few goals to up their goal difference would help their case) plus the Inferno Rush to defeat Long Island and the Mutiny to defeat the Fusion just to give themselves a chance. Fortunately, they will know exactly where they stand by the time they kick off so if they get the results to go in their favor, they will come out trying to push the tempo early.

SUNDAY, JULY 15

Worcester Smiles vs. Connecticut Fusion

1:15 PM EDT – Worcester State University (Worcester, MA)

To wrap up their weekend in the Bay State, the Fusion will make the hour-plus long drive from Agawam to Worcester to wrap up their regular season schedule against the Smiles. If the Fusion can defeat the Mutiny on Saturday, a victory over Worcester, who currently sit at the bottom of the table in the East, will clinch their spot in the East Conference Championship Game.

The Smiles have had a challenging last few weeks to wrap up their inaugural season as they’ve lost their last six matches and in the last four, they’ve been outscored 28-3. Anthony Cosky’s team competed well last week at Long Island and were tied at one right around the half hour mark, by way of Jessica Ong’s 15th minute equalizer. But giving up a pair of goals right before the end of the half was the downfall for Worcester as the Rough Riders bagged six goals in the second half to put the match away. Now, the Smiles will hope to finish the 2018 on a high note by playing the role of spoilers against the Fusion.

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.

Week VIII: UWS Team of the Week

07/05/2018, 3:15pm EDT
By Admin

Hix posts an eight-point weekend, Chilcoat steadies defense to a pair of shutouts

Metuchen, NJ – Week VIII produced it's first conference champion in the 2018 UWS Season as the Houston Aces powered through their competition to take the Southwest regular season crown with two matches to spare. Expansion side Lansing United clinched the Midwest regular season crown and will host their conference tournament while the races in the East and West are building up to an exciting finish.

LA Galaxy OC Women surged up the table in the West and sit in second place with two weeks to play. A large part of that is due to the recent form of Angelina Hix, who scored three goals and assisted on two more in a weekend home-and-home sweep over So Cal Crush FC, earning her the UWS Offensive Player of the Week award. The Inferno Rush posted back-to-back clean sheets in Week VIII action, due in large part to the consistent play of Ashley Chilcoat, as the defender logged a pair of 90-minute efforts to steady the back line. She earns the UWS Defensive Player of the Week award, making her the second Inferno player to win the award as goalkeeper Kelly O'Brien won it back in Week V.

UWS TEAM OF THE WEEK (WEEK VIII) 

GK Kelsey Daugherty (Long Island Rough Riders) - Came up with a pair of highlight reel saves to preserve a 3-2 victory over New England Mutiny

D Shauna Peare (Houston Aces) - Instrumental in the Aces back line, helped the team to a pair of clean sheets on the weekend

D Tori Martyn (Calgary Foothills Women's FC) - Scored an 89th minute equalizer in a comeback 2-2 draw against Santa Clarita*

D Ashley Chilcoat (Inferno Rush) - Posted a pair of 90-minute efforts in helping her team to post two shutouts in a key weekend

M Sabrina Flores (LA Galaxy OC Women) - Notched three assists across two games against So Cal Crush*

M Teresa Rook (Rynier) (Inferno Rush) - Scored a pair of goals and assisted on four others over a two-match weekend

M Ashlyn Skidmore (Genesee FC) - Led her side to their first win of the season, scoring two goals and assisting on another over Fort Wayne

M Dani Evans (Detroit Sun FC) - Another steady performance by the veteran and set up the game-tying goal against Michigan*

F Angelina Hix (LA Galaxy OC Women) - Paced the LAGOC offense with three goals and two assists in the weekend sweep over So Cal Crush

F Jenna Menta (New York Surf) - Capped off New York's comeback at Connecticut with an 82nd minute equalizer and netted the game-winner in the 84th minute

F Corey Sawall (Lansing United) - Scored a 1st half brace against Genesee FC to clinch the Midwest Conference regular season crown for Lansing United

HONORABLE MENTION 

D Alexia Salas (North Texas Image) - Guided the Image to a clean sheet over El Paso, playing the full 90

M Evdokia Popadinova (Santa Clarita Blue Heat) - Strong performance in the midfield in a 2-2 draw at Calgary

F Tori Baliatico (New Jersey Copa FC) - Notched a pair of goal in an early week matchup against Long Island

F Jennifer Borawski (Michigan Legends) - Team leader in goals came through with a tally against Detroit Sun

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Ashley Chilcoat (Inferno Rush)

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Angelina Hix (LA Galaxy OC Women)

* - indicates second appearance on the UWS Team of the Week

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.

Week VIII Roundup: UWS East

07/02/2018, 4:00pm EDT
By Admin

Inferno rise to the top with two wins, WNY defeat regional rival

SATURDAY, JUNE 30

ROCHESTER LADY LANCERS 1, WESTERN NEW YORK FLASH 2

ROCHESTER, NY – It was a battle of the top two teams in the East Conference on a hot and hazy Saturday afternoon at the Marina Auto Stadium. Both sides came into the contest in good form as the host Lancers had won their previous three matches while the Flash won a pair of matches in the Bay State in Week VII. Not too many clear cut chances came during the first half but in the 43rd minute, the Flash took the lead. A well weighted pass from Chloe Dysler found the feet of talented striker Carissima Cutrona and the University of Buffalo product did the rest by outracing the defense along with Rochester goalkeeper Caitie Broderick before tucking home her fifth goal of the season. The Flash took their lead into the second half but found themselves on their heels in the early stages of the half as the Lancers pushed for the equalizing goal. But the hosts found themselves chasing a pair of goals after Cutrona took on all comers in the 66th minute and drilled a shot from just inside the box past Broderick for her second goal of the day. The Lady Lancers didn’t waste too much time in trimming their deficit to one when almost immediately off the restart, Taylor Wingerden scored her first goal of the season off of a goalmouth scramble after the Flash failed to clear Jada Sergeant’s cross. But they wouldn’t be able to net a second as Western New York held on for the result, backed in part by Emily Kelly’s excellent 11-save performance.

NEW JERSEY COPA FC 0, INFERNO RUSH 2

WEST WINDSOR, NJ – After picking up a 1-0 victory over New Jersey at home in Week VII, Inferno Rush trekked to the Garden State for the return match to kick off their two-match weekend. NJCFC did bounce back nicely after falling to the Rush last weekend by picking up a convincing 3-1 victory over Long Island in the midweek but the success of that match did not translate over into the weekend. On a very hot day in Central Jersey, neither team created many opportunities going forward in the first half and the score remained 0-0 through halftime. Inferno Rush came out firing early in the second half and tallied the opening marker just four minutes into the second half as Megan Carroll netted her first goal of the season, finishing off the ball from Teresa Rynier. The visitors doubled their lead in the 64th minute as Rynier once again played the facilitator, slipping a ball forward for Haley Crawford and the James Madison University striker did the rest, firing her effort past NJCFC goalkeeper Aytana Muschajew for her fourth goal of the season. That was enough to give the Rush all three points and started off their two-match weekend on a high note.

LONG ISLAND ROUGH RIDERS 3, NEW ENGLAND MUTINY 2

HEMPSTEAD, NY – It was a key weekend for both Long Island and New England as both were looking to re-establish their confidence heading into the final stretch of the season with a positive result. Knowing that Western New York had already defeated Rochester, a win for New England could have temporarily put them level with the Lady Lancers for second place but they had to play catch up from the early minutes. After a good sequence of build up from the hosts, Kayla Saager found herself in front of goal and latched onto a low cross, scoring her fourth goal of the season. Long Island doubled their lead in the 24th minute as Kim Marra received a perfect through ball from Amanda Buck and finished off the chance. The Mutiny needed to create some momentum heading into the second half and got it in the 44th minute when Kate Howarth hammered home her sixth goal of the season after receiving Chantelle Swaby’s cross in the area. The comeback was completed for the Mutiny in the second half as the other half of the Mutiny’s talented scoring tandem Sydney Brackett took Howarth’s outside-of-the-foot pass in the 70th minute and ripped home the equalizer. But the story of the season for the Mutiny have been allowing crucial goals inside the final ten minutes and Saturday was no different as in the 88th minute, a low cross from Morgan Santoro to the back post found a wide open Laura Gomez, who tapped home the winner and secured three points. That result was enough to keep Long Island in the race for a spot in the East Conference Championship and while New England isn’t eliminated from the race either, they will have a tough road ahead of them if they want to see their season continue past Week X

CONNECTICUT FUSION 2, NEW YORK SURF 3

FARMINGTON, CT – For the second straight match at home, the Connecticut Fusion were able to stake themselves out to a two-goal lead. But also for the second consecutive home match, the Fusion saw points slip from their fingers as this week, it was the New York Surf who netted three in the second half to take a 3-2 victory on the road. Former University of New Haven product Kelly Quigley gave the hosts a one-goal lead in the 33rd minute as she netted her first tally of 2018. And that lead was doubled right after half time as leading striker Tori Sousa picked up her fifth goal of the season in the 47th minute. But that’s where the Surf, playing with their postseason lives on the line, put together a furious charge that the Fusion couldn’t stop. And it came via the Menta sisters as Melissa cut the Surf’s deficit to one in the 54th minute before younger sister Jenna netted the tying goal in the 82nd minute and the go-ahead goal in the 84th minute. Impressively enough, that gave the Surf their eighth road point of the season as while things haven’t gone right at home, they’ve gotten the job done on the road.

SUNDAY, JULY 1

INFERNO RUSH 7, WORCESTER SMILES 0

MILLERSVILLE, PA – The Inferno Rush capped off their six-point weekend with an emphatic 7-0 victory over the Worcester Smiles on Sunday. In temperatures in the mid-90s, the hosts drained whatever energy the Smiles had in the early stages with three goals inside of ten minutes. After playing the main facilitator in Saturday’s victory, Teresa Rynier posted an all-around strong afternoon with a pair of goals, including the opener in the first minute, along with a pair of assists. Haley Crawford also got in on the goal scoring fun with a pair of goals, giving her three on the weekend and scoring in three of the teams’ last four matches. Tesa McKibben and Kara Weller each provided a goal and an assist and Kay Liebl rounded out the goal scoring for the Rush, who now sit level with Western New York in first place before they take on the Flash next weekend.

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.