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Everybody's All-American: UWS Alumni Honored

12/12/2018, 5:00pm EST
By Admin

14 league standouts nab ultimate individual recognition

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

Second Team
F Deyna Castellanos (Florida State University - Santa Clarita Blue Heat) *
F Evdokia Popadinova (Florida Gulf Coast University - Santa Clarita Blue Heat)

Third Team
D Natalia Kuikka (Florida State University - Santa Clarita Blue Heat)

NCAA Division II All-America

First Team
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)

Third Team
D Rebecca Conway (Mercy College - New York Surf)
M Sabrina Cone (St. Edward's University - FC Austin Elite)

NCAA Division III All-America

Second Team
M Megan Barwick (William Smith College - Rochester Lady Lancers) *

United Soccer Coaches NAIA All-America

First Team
M Bethany Balcer (Spring Arbor University - Grand Rapids FC) ***
F Millene Cabral (Martin Methodist College - Santa Clarita Blue Heat) **

Second Team
D Lauren Orr (Spring Arbor University - Lansing United)

United Soccer Coaches Junior College Division I All-America

First Team
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.

UWS Stars Shine In NCAA Championships

12/05/2018, 3:15pm EST
By Admin

Nine current & former stars raise DI & DII championship trophies

METUCHEN, NJ - The Fall 2018 season in the NCAA concluded this past weekend with the crowning of national champions in the Division I & II ranks. Both finals saw pulsating contests that were decided by slim 1-0 margins. Florida State University won their second-ever College Cup title over the University of North Carolina while the University of Bridgeport topped perennial DII powerhouse Grand Valley State University for their first-ever NCAA championship. United Women's Soccer (UWS) talent dotted the championship sky, as five league alumni suited up for Florida State and four for Bridgeport. Even more (eight altogether) competed for the runner-up UNC Tar Heels and GVSU Lakers. 

"Congratulations to Florida State University and the University of Bridgeport on their respective championships!" said UWS Commissioner Joe Ferrara, Jr. "Its great to see so many players from United Women's Soccer excel with their collegiate programs. We take pride in preparing players for their fall competitive seasons."

Seminoles defender/midfielder Olivia Bergau, midfielder Deyna Castellanos, defender Natalia Kuikka and midfielder Emily Madril starred for the Santa Clarita Blue Heat during the 2017 season, helping the team reach the UWS National Final. Castellanos was the 2017 UWS National Player of the Year while Kuikka was named the UWS West Defensive Player of the Year. Both players were also All-UWS First Team selections. FSU goalkeeper Brooke Bollinger patrolled the net for the Orlando Kicks in 2018, who took part in a provisional season in the newly-formed Southeast Conference. UNC forward Alex Kimball suited up for the Real Salt Lake Women this past summer.

Purple Knights midfielder/forward Maegan Doyle, midfielder/forward Marieke Kramer and defender Karoline Vieira played for the New York Surf during the 2018 season while forward Elin Eklund had a great season with the Rochester Lady Lancers. Eklund was named to the 2018 UWS East Second Team for her efforts. Grand Valley State fell just short of a sixth national championship title (which would have set a new DII record) but the Lakers should still feel proud. Seven GVSU stars have taken the pitch in our national pro-am league, led by 2018 Midwest Defensive Player of the Year & All-UWS First Team honoree Olivia Trombley and All-UWS Second Team midfielder Riko Sagara.

Trombley and Sagara starred for Lansing United this past summer, as the first-year organization won the regular season title in the Midwest Conference and fell one win shy of qualifying for the UWS National Championship. Lansing United were named the 2018 UWS Co-Organization of the Year alongside Calgary Foothills Women's FC. Midfielder Darline Radamaker (Detroit Sun FC), defender Sydney O'Donnell (Michigan Legends FC), defender Cecilia Steinwascher (Detroit Sun FC), forward Corey Sawall (Lansing United) and goalkeeper Callie Rich (Fort Wayne United) round out the rest of league alumni who wore GVSU Lakers colors this past fall.

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.

Fall Update: UWS Stars Sweep America East

11/06/2018, 12:00pm EST
By Admin

25 more league alumni awarded DI All-Conference honors

METUCHEN, NJ - In our second update regarding the fall award season in the Division I collegiate ranks, United Women's Soccer (UWS) highlights 25 more current & former stars who were awarded All-Conference recognition. In a stunning twist of accolades, four UWS stars swept the individual player awards in the America East Conference. Seven other conferences are highlighted in this update: Atlantic Sun, Atlantic 10, BIG EAST, Big Sky, Big South, Big West and the Colonial Athletic Association. Further recaps will follow in the coming days and weeks.

Notable names in this edition include: America East Striker of the Year Mariah Williams and America East Defender of the Year Caroline Kopp, who both played for the Rochester Lady Lancers; America East Midfielder of the Year and Connecticut Fusion standout Rachel Morrier; America East Rookie of the Year and New Jersey Copa FC alum Jada Colbert; 2017 UWS Second Team selection Brooke Salmon, who was honored by the Atlantic 10; Big Sky Offensive MVP & Golden Boot winner Mariel Gutierrez, who suited up for the Colorado Pride; and 2018 UWS Offensive Player of the Year Haley Crawford, who was named to the Colonial Athletic Association First Team.

America East Striker of the Year
America East Conference First Team

F Mariah Williams (Univ. at Albany - Rochester Lady Lancers)

America East Midfielder of the Year
America East Conference First Team

MF Rachel Morrier (UMass Lowell - Connecticut Fusion)

America East Defender of the Year
America East Conference First Team

D Caroline Kopp (Univ. at Albany - Rochester Lady Lancers)

America East Rookie of the Year
America East Conference Second Team

America East All-Rookie Team
MF Jada Colbert (Univ. at Albany - New Jersey Copa FC)

America East Conference First Team
F Ashley Claud (Univ. of Hartford - New York Surf)
F Julie Johnstonbaugh (Stony Brook - New Jersey Copa FC)
MF Hayley Nolan (Univ. of Hartford - Connecticut Fusion)

America East Conference Second Team
F Kayla Saager (Binghamton Univ. - Long Island Rough Riders)
MF Sierra Stone (Univ. of Hartford - Connecticut Fusion)
D Kaitlin Loughren (Stony Brook - Long Island Rough Riders)
D Megan Rumbold (Univ. of New Hampshire - Colorado Pride)

America East Conference All-Rookie Team
F Jasmine Colbert (Univ. at Albany - New Jersey Copa FC)

Atlantic Sun Conference First Team
F Evdokia Popadinova (FGCU - Santa Clarita Blue Heat)

Atlantic 10 Conference First Team
D Brooke Salmon (Fordham Univ. - New York Surf)

BIG EAST Conference First Team
D Annika Schmidt (Butler Univ. - Indy Premier SC)

BIG EAST Conference Second Team
F Christina Bellero (St. John's Univ. - Long Island Rough Riders)

Big Sky Offensive MVP
Big Sky Golden Boot
Big Sky Conference First Team

MF Mariel Gutierrez (Univ. of Northern Colorado - Colorado Pride)

Big Sky Conference First Team
D Olivia Glassford (Weber State Univ. - Real Salt Lake Women)
MF Madison Garlock (Weber State Univ. - Real Salt Lake Women)

Big South Conference First Team
F Emilie Kupsov (Longwood Univ. - Inferno Rush)

Big South Conference Second Team
MF Dylan Patterson (Winthrop Univ. - Rochester Lady Lancers)

Big West Conference Second Team
D Lindsay Kutscher (CSUN - So Cal Crush FC)

Colonial Athletic Association First Team
F Haley Crawford (James Madison Univ. - Inferno Rush)

Colonial Athletic Association Second Team
F Jennifer Buoncore (Hofstra Univ. - Long Island Rough Riders)

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.