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2018 UWS Playoffs Update

07/16/2018, 11:45am EDT
By Admin

Inferno, CT meet in East Conference Championship Game, GRFC repeat as Midwest Playoff Champs

METUCHEN, NJ – With three of the four spots confirmed in the 2018 UWS National Championship Field, the last spot will be on the line at the East Conference Championship Game on Tuesday, July 17. The Inferno Rush (7-3-0, 21 points) won the East Conference Regular Season title back on Week IX and earned hosting rights for the match, as they will welcome in the Connecticut Fusion (6-3-1, 19 points), who secured their spot this past weekend with road victories over New England and Worcester.

The match will take place at Millersville University’s Pucillo Field with kickoff set for 7pm ET. Admission is Free to all in attendance for the match. For those who cannot attend can watch the stream live on Mycujoo, which can be found here.

The winner of the match will round out the field 2018 UWS National Championship, which will take place on the weekend of July 21-22 at the East Lansing Soccer Complex in East Lansing, MI. The other three teams participating in the tournament are the Houston Aces (Southwest Conference Champions), Calgary Foothills Women’s FC (West Conference Champions) and Grand Rapids FC Women (Midwest Conference Playoff Champions).

Grand Rapids FC Women secured their spot in the field after winning their second consecutive Midwest Conference Playoff title this past weekend. In their semifinal match against the Detroit Sun this past Thursday night, GRFC quickly responded after Tori Singstock’s tenth minute goal by getting an 11th minute equalizer from Lizzie Paul. Paul then gave her team a 2-1 lead with 15 minutes to go in the second half but five minutes from full time, Detroit’s Rachel DeLuca netted a dramatic equalizer to force extra time. The 2-2 scoreline held through the two, 15-minute extra time periods and the contest was settled on penalty kicks. GRFC’s Maia Perez came up big for her team with a pair of saves and the reigning UWS Champions advanced to the Playoff Final over Detroit 4-3 on penalties.

They met top-seeded Lansing United on Saturday night in the Final, who cruised past the Michigan Legends 3-0 in their semifinal contest on the strength of goals from Lexi Pelafas, Riko Sagara and Madison Costner. The final produced a tight first half but it was Grand Rapids who took a late lead into halftime on Samantha Maher’s 43rd minute tally. Lansing came out firing out of the locker room and equalized less than two minutes into the second half from substitute Brittany Tanner. But GRFC turned on the style and ran off three unanswered goals, one from Maher in the 49th minute and two from Marti Corby in the last 15 minutes, to put the match away. Lansing trimmed their deficit to 4-2 with a stoppage time goal from Pelafas but it wasn’t enough to stop GRFC from lifting the Midwest Conference Playoffs crown for the second straight year.

On Wednesday, July 18, the league will officially announce the matchups for UWS National Semifinals, which will take place on Saturday, July 21. The first semifinal will kick off at 4:30 PM EDT and the second semifinal will start at 7:30 PM EDT. The winners of the two semifinals will meet on Sunday, July 22 at 7:30 PM EDT for the 2018 UWS National Title. 

Tickets for the 2018 UWS National Championships are now available to purchase, with single day tickets available for $10 and a two-day pass costs $15.

To purchase tickets for Saturday's Semifinals, click HERE.

To purchase tickets for Sunday's Final, click HERE.

To purchase a Two-Day pass, which gets you in for all three matches, click HERE.

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 National Championship Venue Annoucement

07/13/2018, 1:00pm EDT
By Admin

East Lansing Soccer Complex to host 2018 UWS National Championship

METUCHEN, NJ – United Women’s Soccer (UWS) has announced the details for the 2018 UWS National Championship, which will take place on the Weekend of July 21-22.

League officials have named the East Lansing Soccer Complex, located in East Lansing, MI and is the home of the UWS Midwest Conference Regular Season Champions Lansing United, as the host venue for the 2018 UWS National Championship.

The format for the 2018 UWS National Championship will be a four-team, single-elimination tournament that includes each of the four UWS Conference Champions (East, Midwest, Southwest, West). The two National Semifinal matches will be played at 4:30 PM and 7:30 PM (EDT) on Saturday, July 21st. The two Semifinal winners will face off in the 2018 UWS National Championship Game on Sunday, July 22nd at 7:30 PM.

Currently, two of the spots in the four-team field have already been clinched as the Houston Aces won the Southwest Conference title in Week VIII, while Calgary Foothills Women’s FC secured the West Conference title after the completion of play in Week IX. The winner of the Midwest Conference Playoff Final, which will be contested by Lansing United and Grand Rapids FC Women on Saturday, July 14th at the East Lansing Soccer Complex, will occupy the third spot in the UWS National Championship field. The fourth spot in the tournament belongs to the winner of the East Conference Championship Game, which will be played on Tuesday, July 17 and will be hosted by Inferno Rush, as they clinched the East Conference Regular Season title during Week IX. 

Tickets for the 2018 UWS National Championship are priced at $10 for one day or $15 for a two-day pass. 

To purchase tickets for Saturday's Semifinals, click HERE.

To purchase tickets for Sunday's Final, click HERE.

To purchase a Two-Day pass, which gets you in for all three matches, click HERE.

The semifinal matchups as well as live-streaming and other information will be announced closer to the event.

2018 UWS National Championship (East Lansing, MI)

NATIONAL SEMIFINALS: Saturday, July 21. 4:30 PM & 7:30 PM (EDT). Matchups TBD

NATIONAL FINAL: Sunday, July 22. 7:30 PM (EDT) Semifinal winners

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.

Midwest Conference Playoffs Preview

07/11/2018, 1:00pm EDT
By Admin

Lansing United to host four-team tournament, winner clinches bid to UWS National Championship

The regular season schedule has concluded for the Midwest Conference of United Women’s Soccer (UWS) and this weekend, the top four teams in the regular season standings will compete in a single elimination tournament to determine who will represent the conference at the 2018 UWS National Championship. Lansing United (7-0-3, 24 points) secured the Midwest regular season title back in Week VIII and will host the tournament at the East Lansing Soccer Complex from July 12-14.

Second-place and defending Midwest Conference and UWS Champions Grand Rapids Women’s FC (7-1-2, 23 points) will face third-place and 2017 UWS National Semifinalist Detroit Sun FC (6-2-2, 20 points) at 6:00 PM EDT on Thursday in the first Semifinal. Lansing United will host fourth-place Michigan Legends (5-2-3, 18 points) in the second Semifinal match, which will take place at 8:30 PM EDT.

The two Semifinal winners will square off in the 2018 UWS Midwest Conference Final on Saturday, July 14th at 7:00 PM EDT, with the winner earning the automatic berth to the UWS National Championship.

Tickets for the Midwest Conference Playoff are priced at $10 for one day or $15 for a two-day pass (which can be purchased at the gate only).

To purchase tickets for Thursday’s matches, click HERE. And to purchase tickets for Saturday’s match, click HERE. Live streams of all three matches will be available on the Lansing United Mycujoo page, which can be found HERE. Directions to the East Lansing Soccer Complex as well as parking information can be found HERE.

UWS Midwest Conference Playoff Preview

Semifinal #1: Grand Rapids FC Women vs. Detroit Sun FC

Thursday, July 12 – 6:00 PM EDT – East Lansing Soccer Complex (East Lansing, MI)

The 2017 season for Grand Rapids FC Women was one to remember. They took the Midwest Conference by storm and posted a furious finish to their regular season campaign by winning five straight matches and outscoring their opponents 22-2 in the process. Then, they rode the high of playing all four of their postseason matches at home and hoisted the UWS Championship trophy in front of a raucous home crowd. So James Gilpin’s team is hoping that they can utilize the experience they gained in 2017 and use that to their advantage in 2018. The team experienced a setback in Week VIII when they dropped their first match of the season to Lansing on the road but responded beautifully by defeating Indy Premier and Fort Wayne convincingly in their final two matches. GRFC’s leading scorer, Cindy Lay, has come into form over the last few weeks as in addition to notching a team-high eight goals on the season, she’s scored in four of the last five matches. Grace Labadie has also posted a solid 2018 campaign with four goals and five assists GRFC will be hoping that those two will carry over their success from the regular season into the playoffs.

Detroit Sun lost to Grand Rapids FC Women in the Midwest Playoff Final last year but earned a Wild Card bid into the UWS National Championships, before falling to Santa Clarita in the semifinals. So this semifinal will have an air of retribution for the Sun as they are hoping to get through their conference rivals and earn another shot at the Conference crown. This season has been an up-and-down one for Skipper Mukhtar’s team where after the Sun picked up two wins in Week I, they fell in back-to-back contests against Grand Rapids, putting them in a bit of a hole. Then after sweeping Genesee FC in consecutive weekends, leading goal scorer Madison Schupbach was signed by Cardiff Met Ladies ahead of their UEFA Women’s Champions League qualifying stage. So the team looked to try and fill the shoes that she left but instead of getting one key scorer, they instead found balance. 14 different players have found the back of the net this season, giving the club many different weapons to choose from when the time matters most. Adding to the goal scoring, Dani Evans comes into this week leading all of UWS in assists with eight. So combining all of their offensive firepower and having a trifecta of good goalkeepers in Madison Clem, Katelyn McEachern and Marina Manzo, they could be set for a run this postseason

REGULAR SEASON HEAD-TO-HEAD MEETINGS: Grand Rapids took both meetings between the two sides this year, upping their overall record against Detroit to 4-1 in all competitions. GRFC won their home contest 1-0 back on May 20th with a 48th minute winner from Jodian Morris. It was a busy day for Detroit’s goalkeeper Madison Clem as she had to make ten saves while Maia Perez only needed to stop three in winning effort. Five days later, GRFC took a 2-1 victory over Detroit at the Ultimate Indoor Soccer Arena, making them the first team in two years to beat Detroit at their home ground. Morris was at it again as she got her side on the board in the fourth minute before Madison Schupbach finished off Dani Evans’ service on the half hour mark. Grace Labadie saved it late for the visitors as her 86th minute winner secured three points for GRFC. Perez made eight stops for her second straight win while Marina Manzo and Katelyn McEachern split time in between the pipes for Detroit, combining to stop five.

Semifinal #2: Lansing United vs. Michigan Legends

Thursday, July 12 – 8:30 PM EDT – East Lansing Soccer Complex (East Lansing, MI)

If there was any sign that the inaugural campaign was going to be special for Lansing United, it came in the opening week when they went up to Grand Rapids and came away with a 2-2 draw against the defending champs. From then on, Lansing posted five straight wins in a row to solidify their spot at the top of the conference. Jason Crist’s team did have a testing Week VII where they had to come back late on to pick up a point against Michigan via a 90th minute goal from Olivia Trombley before battling Detroit in a wild 4-4 contest two days later. But the team closed out the season strong with a 2-1 win over Grand Rapids in Week VIII and earned the regular season title two days later with a 4-1 win against Genesee. The East Lansing Soccer Complex has been very good to them this year, as they’ve gone 4-0-1 at home and have a great supporting group that’s behind them every time they take the field. Now they will hope that like Grand Rapids last season, they can take advantage of playing on their home field in the playoffs and punch their ticket to the National Championships.

For the second straight season, the Michigan Legends find themselves in the Midwest Conference Playoffs after sweeping Indy Premier over their final two matches of the season. Last year the Legends battled Detroit in the semifinals but lost 1-0, cutting short their hopes for a Conference crown. But this year is a different campaign and one that has been lead by the solid play of Jennifer Borawski and Alia Frederick. Borawski has been good for nearly a goal per game when taking to the field for Michigan, as she’s bagged six goals in seven matches played, including a memorable hat trick against Fort Wayne back on June 19. A good portion of her goals have come by way of Frederick’s service as the Eastern Michigan product has posted six assists this season, in addition to scoring three times in 2018. Isabel Nino has been solid in goal this year as well, posting 44 saves in seven starts and has earned a result against each of the other three-playoff teams in the conference. Michigan has hung with Lansing on both occasions that they’ve faced off this season so if they can do so again on Thursday and nick a late goal, they could be in business to advance in this postseason.

REGULAR SEASON HEAD-TO-HEAD MEETINGS: Lansing hosted Michigan in their home opener back on June 10th and delighted the home crowd with a 2-1 victory. Lexi Pelafas opened the scoring in the 20th minute and three minutes after halftime, Dani Stephan gave her side the necessary insurance goal as Alia Frederick pulled one back in the 51st minute. But Lansing pressed well for 90 minutes and the Legends couldn’t find an equalizer in the remaining minutes. In the return match on June 22nd at the Legacy Center Fieldhouse, Michigan, as they so often do when at home, jumped out to an early lead by way of a 13th minute Claire Cahalan goal. Lansing continued to press for the equalizing goal throughout the rest of the match by Isabel Nino was up to the task, stopping ten shots, until the dying embers of the contest. In the 90th minute, Olivia Trombley finished off Riko Sagara’s ball in the area to steal a point on the road, ultimately helping them to clinch the regular season crown a week later. 

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.