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2018 All-United Women's Soccer Awards

08/03/2018, 1:30pm EDT
By Admin

Barbuto, Crawford and Jacobs earn the Major Player awards, Flannery nabs Top Coach

METUCHEN, NJ - With the All-Conference teams being announced throughout the week, it's now time to announce the 2018 All-United Women's Soccer Team and the major award winners from the season. The third year of play in UWS was one that experienced continued growth on and off the field and produced a great finish to the campaign. Expansion teams competed well across all conferences, including Lansing United winning the Midwest Regular Season crown, while a charter member, the Houston Aces, won their first league title as they defeated Inferno Rush 1-0 in the UWS National Final.

2018 UWS Most Valuable Player - Brooke Barbuto (Rochester Lady Lancers)

Brooke Barbuto was heralded by many within the league as the most consistent player that took to the field throughout the season. The former Stony Brook midfielder was an integral part of making the Rochester Lady Lancers, a team that took only one point in the 2017 season, to become a playoff contender in 2018. She started all ten matches for the Lady Lancers and never left the field while scoring eight goals and assisting on two others, which secured her a top-five finish in UWS for both goals and points (18) categories along with leading all midfielders in those categories as well.

"It's an honor and privilege to win an individual award like this, and I am grateful to my team for helping me achieve this award," said Barbuto. "I have played both domestically and Internationally and the players and league deserve recognition for the level of play and the high standards the league has set. Obviously we had hoped to win a championship and while being a game away from securing a playoff position was devastating, that doesn't take away from the success we had. We made great improvements from last season, and hoping to continue building next season. Thanks to the Lancers organization for the opportunity!"

2018 UWS Offensive Player of the Year - Haley Crawford (Inferno Rush)

It was a breakout season for the James Madison University striker as Haley Crawford finished in second place in UWS for goals and tied for third in total points. The East Conference was loaded with top-goal scorers as four of the top six goals leaders came from the conference and Crawford found herself in the mix all season long. She finished the campaign with a flurry by scoring in four of the last five regular season matches, including three multi-goal efforts and tallied all four goals for Inferno in their 4-2 road win against Western New York in Week IX. But her big moment came in the UWS National Semifinals as during a driving rainstorm, she guided the Rush to a 4-3 victory over Grand Rapids FC Women by scoring a hat trick, helping them reach their first UWS National Finals appearance.

“I enjoyed every minute on the field and I couldn’t have asked for a better group of girls to play with," said Crawford. "I feel honored to receive UWS Offensive Player of the year and I wouldn’t have done it without the support from my family, coaches and teammates. This season was definitely one to remember.”

2018 UWS Defensive Player of the Year - Natalie Jacobs (LA Galaxy OC Women)

Expansion teams competed well all throughout the 2018 season but notably, LA Galaxy OC Women gave every team in the West a run for their money as they created a pathway to the Conference crown before ultimately finishing in second. A main reason for that was the stout defensive work of Natalie Jacobs. The USC Trojan and former US Youth International showed poise and grit throughout the entire campaign for LAGOC as she started all ten matches for the club and netted a pair of goals. She also helped shore up the LA defense to have one of the best records in the league, allowing just ten goals and posting four clean sheets.

"I am so grateful to have won this award. I had a great time competing in the UWS and playing center back for my team," said Jacobs. "Playing with and being surrounded by so many talented players was a wonderful and humbling experience. Thank you to the LA Galaxy OC organization, the coaching staff, and all my teammates for a great summer." 

2018 UWS Coach of the Year - Troye Flannery (Calgary Foothills Women's FC)

After earning the West Conference Coach of the Year in each of the last two seasons, Troye Flannery gets the nod as the UWS Coach of the Year for the 2018 season. After guiding Calgary Foothills Women's FC to a second place finish last year, his club took the next step this campaign by winning the West Conference title wire-to-wire and advanced to the UWS National Semifinal. He also guided seven players to earn All-West Conference accolades and another three to all-league honors this season.

“Absolutely flattered by the selection and proud to accept the award on behalf of the team," said Flannery. "It is a truly exceptional league and although we fell short of our team goals this recognition is humbling and without question a result of an exceptional group of players, a committed and talented coaching staff, tireless backroom/operations staff, sponsors, supporters and an incredible club, supporting this project and myself every step of the way. The mandate from Day 1 was a passion to extend a pathway for Canadian Women to play in a standards based setting which the UWS has provided and we have benefited from 15 year old Grace Stordy to Canadian International Steph Labbé with this opportunity. I personally have grown with this project and have the utmost respect for the league and the coaches in our conference and league wide - thank you so very much.”

2018 UWS Co-Organization of the Year - Calgary Foothills Women's FC and Lansing United

United Women’s Soccer is happy to announce for the first time in league history that they will honor an Organization of the Year. This award will be given to an organization in recognition of their achievements and success both on and off the field along with going above and beyond in representing themselves in the ideals and standards that UWS has set.

For 2018, UWS has announced co-winners for the Organization of the Year award and the recipients are Calgary Foothills Women’s FC and Lansing United.

“We are excited to unveil this honor for the first time in league history and to award it to two very deserving organizations,” said UWS Commissioner Joseph Ferrara, Jr. “Calgary are one of the most professional clubs that I’ve worked with and hold themselves to very high standards. And Lansing came in this year and set the bar for future expansion clubs with their excellent marketing efforts and on-field product.”

2018 All-United Women's Soccer First Team

GK: Kelly O’Brien (Inferno Rush)

D: Natalie Jacobs (LA Galaxy OC Women)

D: Olivia Trombley (Lansing United)

D: Kylee McIntosh (Connecticut Fusion)

MF: Brooke Barbuto (Rochester Lady Lancers)

MF: Jessica Jones (Calgary Foothills Women’s FC)

MF: Tesa McKibben (Inferno Rush)

MF: Dani Evans (Detroit Sun FC)

F: Gisela Arrieta (Houston Aces)

F: Haley Crawford (Inferno Rush)

F: Carissima Cutrona (Western New York Flash)

2018 All-United Women's Soccer Second Team

GK: Stephanie Labbé (Calgary Foothills Women’s FC)

D: Aubrey Suydam (Inferno Rush)

D: Athena Biondi (Lansing United)

D: Grace Stordy (Calgary Foothills Women’s FC)

MF: Riko Sagara (Lansing United)

MF: Teresa Rook (Rynier) (Inferno Rush)

MF: Grace Labadie (Grand Rapids FC Women)

MF: Sabrina Flores (LA Galaxy OC Women)

F: Kate Howarth (New England Mutiny)

F: Tori Sousa (Connecticut Fusion)

F: Julie Gavorski (Houston Aces)

2018 UWS WEEKLY AWARDS

Offensive Player of the Week

Week I: Madison Schupbach (Detroit Sun FC)

Week II: Brooke Barbuto (Rochester Lady Lancers)

Week III: Tesa McKibben (Inferno Rush)

Week IV: Kassandra Massey (Santa Clarita Blue Heat)

Week V: Lexi Pelafas (Lansing United)

Week VI: Julie Gavorski (Houston Aces)

Week VII: Rachel DeLuca (Detroit Sun FC)

Week VIII: Angelina Hix (LA Galaxy OC Women)

Week IX: Haley Crawford (Inferno Rush)

Week X: Samantha Maher (Grand Rapids FC Women)

Defensive Player of the Week

Week I: Lysianne Proulx (New England Mutiny)

Week II: Yadira Toraya (Santa Clarita Blue Heat)

Week III: Tori Martyn (Calgary Foothills Women's FC)

Week IV: Stephanie Labbé (Calgary Foothills Women's FC)

Week V: Kelly O’Brien (Inferno Rush)

Week VI: Natalie Jacobs (LA Galaxy OC Women)

Week VII: Emma Gervase (Western New York Flash)

Week VIII: Ashley Chilcoat (Inferno Rush)

Week IX: Stephanie Labbé (Calgary Foothills Women's FC)

Week X: Meghan Dalton (Connecticut 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.

2018 UWS All-West Conference Awards

07/30/2018, 5:30pm EDT
By Admin

RSLW's North, LAGOC's Jacobs nab player awards, CFWFC's Flannery repeats as top coach

METUCHEN, NJ - With the 2018 United Women's Soccer (UWS) season concluding back on July 22, the league is excited to unveil the postseason awards to wrap up the campaign. There will be an Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year for each conference along with a Conference Coach of the Year. This year, the East, Midwest and West Conferences will all have a First and Second Team while the Southwest will have an All-Conference Team and an Honorable Mention list, as the newly formed conference fielded just five teams for the season.

West Conference Offensive Player of the Year - Hailey North (Real Salt Lake Women)

Despite Real Salt Lake Women finishing outside of the top-three in 2018, a shining spotlight of their campaign came in the form of talented striker Hailey North. The University of Utah product led the West in scoring with six goals and three assists for 15 points. North's standout moment of the year came in Week IX as she netted a hat trick, leading her team to a 4-0 trouncing of Santa Clarita on the road. North earned spots on the UWS Team of the Week twice in 2018 while picking up an honorable mention accolade in the final week of the year as well, after her one-goal, two-assist performance against So Cal Crush.

West Conference Defensive Player of the Year - Natalie Jacobs (LA Galaxy OC Women)

Jacobs posted one of the most consistent campaigns of any defender in the 2018 UWS season as she started every match for the expansion LA Galaxy OC Women side and helped them to a second place finish in the West. The University of Southern California back went the full 90 in all but one match this season and netted a pair of goals, including the opening goal in LA's 2-1 victory over the West Conference defending Champions Santa Clarita back in Week VII. In helping make the LA back line become one of the toughest teams to break down in the league, Jacobs was one of the main engines driving that defense.

West Conference Coach of the Year - Troye Flannery (Calgary Foothills Women's FC)

This is the second straight season where Flannery has earned the West Conference Coach of the Year accolade. After guiding Calgary Foothills Women's FC to a second place finish in the West last season, he recruited a very tough side to beat for this campaign and the results showed. Calgary raced out to an early lead in the standings and never looked back, while displaying a very neat and eye-pleasing brand of possession-based attack along the way. He and his staff guided the program to new heights in winning the West in 2018 and there's no doubt that he will look to get Calgary back to the UWS National Championship weekend in 2019.

2018 UWS All-West Conference First Team

GK: Stephanie Labbé (Calgary Foothills Women’s FC)

D: Natalie Jacobs (LA Galaxy OC Women)

D: Grace Stordy (Calgary Foothills Women’s FC)

D: Jacey Pederson (Santa Clarita Blue Heat)

MF: Jessica Jones (Calgary Foothills Women’s FC)

MF: Rehana Murani (Calgary Foothills Women’s FC)

MF: Sabrina Flores (LA Galaxy OC Women)

MF: Yvonne Northover (Calgary Foothills Women’s FC)

F: Hailey North (Real Salt Lake Women)

F: Angelina Hix (LA Galaxy OC Women)

F: Sherifa Sumaila (LA Galaxy OC Women)

2018 UWS All-West Conference Second Team

GK: Lauren Brzykcy (Santa Clarita Blue Heat)

D: Megan Farrell (So Cal Crush FC)

D: Tori Martyn (Calgary Foothills Women’s FC)

D: Veronica Herrera (Colorado Pride)

D: Yadira Toraya (Santa Clarita Blue Heat)

MF: Mya Jones (Calgary Foothills Women’s FC)

MF: Lauren Raimondo (Calgary Foothills Women’s FC)

MF: Colette Smith (Real Salt Lake Women)

F: Kassandra Massey (Santa Clarita Blue Heat)

F: Hayley Gonzales (Santa Clarita Blue Heat)

F: Tiffany McCarty (LA Galaxy OC Women)

Iron Woman of the Year (Player who played every minute of every match)

Yvonne Northover (Calgary Foothills Women’s FC)

Megan Farrell (So Cal Crush)

2018 UWS Team of the Week selections (Combined by Team)

Calgary Foothills Women's FC:

           GK: Stephanie Labbé (Week IV, Week IX)

           DEF: Tori Martyn (Week III, Week VIII), Grace Stordy (Week IV, Week VI hon. mention), Talia White (Week IX)

           MID: Yvonne Northover (Week III, Week V), Rehana Murani (Week VI)

           FOR: Lauren Raimondo (Week IV hon. mention), Alex Lamontagne (Week VII hon. mention)

Colorado Pride:

           GK: Kaylyn Smith (Week II hon. mention, Week IV hon. mention)

           FOR: Taryn LaBree (Week II hon. mention, Week VII)

LA Galaxy OC Women:

           DEF: Natalie Jacobs (Week III, VI, Week VII hon. mention), Sabrina Flores (LA, Week IV, Week VIII)

           MID: Chelsey Patterson (Week III hon. mention), Tiffany McCarty (Week VI, Week X), Miku Sunagu (Week VII)

           FOR: Angelina Hix (Week VIII, Week X hon. mention)

Real Salt Lake Women:

           DEF: Grace Johnson (Week II hon. mention), Ella Johnson (Week V)

           FOR: Hailey North (Week II, Week IX, Week X hon. mention)

Santa Clarita Blue Heat:

           DEF: Yadira Toraya (Week II, Week VII), Jacey Pederson (Week III), Kelsey Gudgeon (Week V)

           MID: Nickolette Driesse (Week V), Chloe Castaneda (Week VI), Evdokia Popadinova (Week VIII hon. mention)

           FOR: Milene Cabral (Week III), Kassandra Massey (Week IV), Haley Gonzales (Week X)

So Cal Crush FC:

           DEF: Megan Farrell (Week II)

           MID: Eva Dixon (Week VII hon. mention)

           FOR: Lauren Wade (Week IX hon. mention)

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.

Aces advance to first UWS National Championship in club history

GRANDVILLE, MI – On the strength of three unanswered goals, the Southwest Conference Champion Houston Aces moved onto the 2018 UWS National Final with a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Foothills Women’s FC at Grandville High School.

“It’s a good group that we have here,“ said Houston Head Coach Gui Ferreria, “they stuck to the game plan from the beginning of the game to the end of the game. All kudos to them, we haven’t really trained well together [in the build up to the weekend] but I couldn’t be more prouder of them. One more game to get the job done tomorrow!” 

Calgary jumped out to an early lead in the 8th minute as after the West Conference Champions were awarded a free-kick outside of the area, Jessica Jones curled a beautiful set piece over the wall and found the back of the net, despite Houston goalkeeper Tara MacDonald getting a piece of it.

After the Jones strike, Houston started to make the game wider and utilized their speed down the flank as Gisela Arrieta and Jen LaPonte created great chances in front of goal. Arrieta came the closest in the 20th minute as the Colombian international unleashed a sharp effort off a bouncing ball in the area, only to be denied by a great reflex save by Calgary goalkeeper Emily Burns.

Eventually, Arrieta found her name on the scoresheet as the UWS leading scorer latched onto a through ball from Aina Torres Pallares and put it past Burns, leveling the score in the 31st minute.

Houston continued to pile on the pressure in the final 15 minutes of the first half and got their reward as in stoppage time, Paige Hayward clipped a ball over the top to Pallares, who held her run against the high Calgary defensive line, and she hammered her shot past Burns for a 2-1 lead. That gave the Aces all the momentum that they needed to see out the contest

The weather had an impact in the second half as once the teams resumed play, heavy rains cascaded over the Granville High School field and continued to persist throughout the rest of the contest.

After weathering the storm in the early stages of the second stanza, Houston added to their lead in the 64th minute. Tatiana Ariza redirected Allison Murphy’s long distance effort past a helpless Burns, securing the result for the Aces.

Houston now advances to their first UWS National Championship Game as they will face the winner of the second National Semifinal between Grand Rapids FC Women and the Inferno Rush on Sunday, July 22 at 6:30 PM EDT.

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.