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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.

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.

Week X Preview: UWS West

07/12/2018, 3:30pm EDT
By Admin

COL trek to Southern California for a two-match weekend

FRIDAY, JULY 13

Real Salt Lake Women vs. So Cal Crush FC

7:00 PM MDT – RSL Academy (Herriman, UT)

Real Salt Lake Women and So Cal Crush FC will meet for the second time in six days as the sides squared off last Sunday in La Crescenta, with the host Crush picking up a 4-1 decision for their first victory of the season. The match came as the second in two days for Real Salt Lake Women as the night before, they went out to Santa Clarita and defeated the Blue Heat soundly, with University of Utah product Hailey North netting a hat trick to lead her team to a 4-0 victory. If they were able to take both results last week, RSLW could have made a case to finish in third place in the West. But unfortunately, they know that their fourth-placed spot is secured no matter the result. But still, Mark Davis’ team will want to finish off the campaign on a high note and try to finish .500 at home, as they currently are 1-2-1 at the RSL Academy this season.

So Cal Crush FC will be buzzing after their first victory of the season and comes after a lot of close calls in the weeks leading up to the win. Lauren Wade put in a strong performance last week as she scored a pair of goals and assisted on another to lead the attack. They’ve been a tough team to play over the last few weeks, especially in their home matches against Calgary and Santa Clarita as they forced those two teams to dig deep on the road. And now they will look to try and take home the season double against RSLW and hang their hat on a really strong finish to the season.

LA Galaxy OC Women vs. Colorado Pride

7:00 PM PDT – Orange County Great Park (Irvine, CA)

LA Galaxy OC Women had the perfect situation set up last week as they looked to win the West Conference title in their UWS debut season. They came into last week with a five-match winning streak and had CFWFC playing in very hot conditions on their home field. But ultimately, they couldn’t finish off their chances and when you put nearly double-digit shots on target, you have to put a few away if you want to take home points. So, after the 2-0 loss to Calgary which saw their quest for a title end, LAGOC will look to put that match behind them and finish the season positively against Colorado. In their previous meeting back on June 16, Scott Juniper’s team took home a confident 4-0 victory with Jordan Marada scoring a pair of goals and both Angelina Hix and Sherifa Sumaila tallying a goal. So they will be hoping for more of the same in this matchup.

Colorado had a very front-loaded schedule this season as they played their first seven matches between May 18 through June 16. But have only played once since then, which came on June 24, earning a 4-2 victory at So Cal. So after an 18-day layoff, you would figure that AJ Adcock’s team will be well rested and up for the challenge of facing the second and third placed teams in the West this weekend. In that 4-2 victory over So Cal, Taryn LaBree came alive with a hat trick, earning her spot on the Week VII UWS Team of the Week. Adcock will hope that his team can lean on the University of South Dakota striker again this weekend to try and take a result or two and end the season in fifth place.

SUNDAY, JULY 15

Santa Clarita Blue Heat vs. Colorado Pride

6:00 PM PDT – Master’s University (Santa Clarita, CA)

After taking on LAGOC on Friday night, Colorado will head to Santa Clarita to take on the Blue Heat in the final match of the 2018 UWS Regular Season schedule. These two sides played a classic on June 2nd as Santa Clarita used an 86th minute winner from Chloe Castaneda to earn a 3-2 victory, but also saw their goalkeeper Lauren Brzykcy come up with one of the saves of the season in stoppage time as she deftly tipped Aleesa Muir’s long distance effort around the post, preserving the three points for her side.

Santa Clarita will be hoping for some similar magic in this contest as after learning that their quest for three-peating as West Conference Champions ended, they were defeated soundly by Real Salt Lake Women on their home turf. That result also confirmed that they would finish the season in third place and while there will be a lot of thinking about what went wrong this season, Leonardo Neveleff’s team will want to come out with some fire and intensity this weekend to end the campaign strongly.

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.