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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: Flannery Honored By U SPORTS

11/15/2018, 5:00pm EST
By Admin

UWS COTY & Univ. of Calgary mentor gets another national award

CALGARY, AB - Calgary Foothills Women's FC Head Coach Troye Flannery recently added another award to his already trophy-laden cabinet. Flannery finished off his successful summer campaign by being named the 2018 United Women's Soccer (UWS) Coach Of The Year and this fall at the University of Calgary, he was honored as the Canada West and U SPORTS Coach of the Year. U SPORTS is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Troye is the first Dinos women's soccer coach to earn the national recognition.

"Troye's leadership has taken the Dinos women's soccer program to the next level," said Dinos Director of Athletics Jason Kerswill. "He surrounds himself with quality people, he truly cares about his players, and he is an outstanding technical coach who led his team to its best-ever season in 2018. We congratulate him on this achievement and well-deserved recognition."

Flannery was not alone in transferring summer success to the fall, as five CFWFC standouts were honored by the Canada West Universities Athletic Association and U SPORTS. Defender Talia White and forward Maddison Fritze were named to the Canada West First Team for the Dinos while goalkeeper Emily Burns was a Canada West Second Team selection for MacEwan University. Forward Sofia Mondaca nabbed a spot on the Canada West All-Rookie Team. Forward Joelle Gosselin was a RSEQ Conference Second Team selection for Université Laval. White joined Flannery as a U SPORTS honoree, as she was eighth Dino to earn First Team All-Canadian status.

Under the six-year tutelage of Flannery, the Dinos have become a relevant program in Canada West and on the national stage. After missing the playoffs five of the last six years before he took over, UCalgary has qualified for the postseason in each of his six seasons. This year's edition of the Dinos set Canada West records with 13 wins and 11 shutouts on the season, allowing just five goals in 14 games. On top of that, he was also inducted into the Trinity Western University Wall of Fame as a Program Builder.

After earning the UWS West Conference Coach Of The Year the last two seasons, Troye was awarded the national honor after this summer's campaign. After guiding CFWFC to a second place finish last year in their inaugural season, his club took the next step up by winning the conference title and advanced to the four-team UWS National Championship. He also guided seven players to earn All-West Conference accolades and another three to All-League honors this season.

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.