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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-Midwest Conference Awards

08/01/2018, 9:15am EDT
By Admin

LAN's Trombley, Crist take home DEF POY and Coach award, Evans nets OFF POY

METUCHEN, NJ - 2018 was the second season of play in the Midwest Conference and there was a slightly new look to the division in this campaign. Three of the four playoff teams from 2017 returned to the postseason but expansion side Lansing United set the tone from start to finish and won the Regular Season crown with an unbeaten record. But, defending UWS Champions Grand Rapids FC Women spoiled Lansing's party by taking home the Conference Playoff title and advanced to the National Championship weekend for the second straight year.

Midwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year - Dani Evans (Detroit Sun FC)

An all-conference performer in 2017, Dani Evans posted a fantastic 2018 season en route to earning the Midwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year. The former Oakland University product led UWS in assists with eight and helped guide Detroit to their second straight postseason appearance. The Sun's balanced attack was keyed by Evans all season long as the team had 14 different goal scorers during the regular season and Evans, who had three goals in her own right, contributed offensively in eight of the teams' ten matches. She wraps up her second season in UWS averaging a point per game in 20 career regular season matches.

Midwest Conference Defensive Player of the Year - Olivia Trombley (Lansing United)

Lansing United finished their inaugural UWS campaign going unbeaten in the regular season with a 7-0-3 record and advanced to the Conference Playoff Final. A large reason for Lansing's defensive success was the work of Olivia Trombley. The rising sophomore, who will feature for perennial NCAA Division II powerhouse Grand Valley State University this fall, played every minute of every match and proved to be a great target off set pieces as she netted three goals during the regular season. In a memorable first season for Lansing, she will be a player that the organization will look to build around for years to come.

Midwest Conference Coach of the Year - Jason Crist (Lansing United)

It's never easy to take over an expansion side, let alone being in a conference that sent two teams to the 2017 UWS National Championship Weekend. But Jason Crist recruited a very strong unit to wear the Lansing jersey for their first endeavor in UWS play and turned a lot of heads with their quick transition game and strong tactical awareness on the field. In addition to the teams' unbeaten run and Regular Season title, Crist also guided six players from his team to earn All-Midwest accolades, the most among any team in the conference.

2018 UWS All-Midwest Conference First Team

GK: Annabelle Hegeman (Genesee FC)

D: Olivia Trombley (Lansing United)

D: Sadie Misiewicz (Grand Rapids FC Women)

D: Athena Biondi (Lansing United)

MF: Dani Evans (Detroit Sun FC)

MF: Grace Labadie (Grand Rapids FC Women)

MF: Riko Sagara (Lansing United)

MF: Alia Frederick (Michigan Legends)

F: Cindy Lay (Grand Rapids FC Women)

F: Aubrey Schierbeek (Lansing United)

F: Lexi Pelafas (Lansing United)

2018 UWS All-Midwest Conference Second Team

GK: Grace Kraft (Lansing United)

D: Melissa Roy (Grand Rapids FC Women)

D: Justine Lynn (Detroit Sun FC)

D: Rachel Washburn (Michigan Legends)

MF: Rachel DeLuca (Detroit Sun FC)

MF: Megan Trapp (Michigan Legends)

MF: Marti Corby (Grand Rapids FC Women)

MF: Allison Jorden (Indy Premier SC)

F: Tori Singstock (Detroit Sun FC)

F: Madison Schupbach (Detroit Sun FC)

F: Jennifer Borawski (MIchigan Legends)

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

Olivia Trombley (Lansing United)

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

Detroit Sun FC:

           GK: Madison Clem (Week IV hon. mention)

           DEF: Justine Lynn (Week I), Jackie Mazzara (Week II hon. mention, Week VI)

           MID: Dani Evans (Week I, Week VIII, Week IX), Abby Allen (Week V), Rachel DeLuca (Week VII, Week X hon. mention)

           FOR: Madison Schupbach (DET, Week I, Week IV)

Fort Wayne Gryphons:

           MID: Amber Hoot (Week III)

Genesee FC:

           GK: Annabelle Hegeman (Week II, Week III hon. mention)

           MID: Ashlyn Skidmore (Week VIII)

Grand Rapids FC Women:

           DEF: Melissa Roy (Week I, II), Sadie Misiewicz (Week X)

           MID: Grace Labadie (Week III hon. mention, Week IV), Bailey Kohorn (Week IV hon. mention), Marti Corby (Week VI), Samantha Maher (Week X)

           FOR: Jodian Morris (Week III), Cindy Lay (Week IX)

Indy Premier SC:

           MID: Allison Jorden (Week VII)

Lansing United:

           DEF: Olivia Trombley (LAN, Week I hon. mention)

           MID: Aubrey Schierbeek (LAN, Week I, II, VI), Riko Sagara (Week IV, Week VII)

           FOR: Lexi Pelafas (Week V, Week X hon. mention), Corey Sawall (Week VIII)

Michigan Legends:

           GK: Isabel Nino (Week VII)

           DEF: Alia Frederick (Week III)

           MID: Megan Trapp (MI, Week I)

           FOR: Jennifer Borawski (Week II hon. mention, Week VIII 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.

Crawford's hat trick secures first UWS National Final appearance for Inferno Rush

GRANDVILLE, MI – Backed by a hat trick from Haley Crawford, Inferno Rush outlasted the defending UWS National Champions, Grand Rapids FC Women, 4-3 in the second semifinal of the 2018 UWS National Championship at Grandville High School.

“When Haley [Crawford] has a hat trick, you usually don’t have to worry about it,” said Inferno Rush Head Coach Francisco Cleaves, “but [Grand Rapids] is so offensive and we could not stop the crosses coming into the box. They had their chances to level the game and send it into overtime but the ball just bounced our way today.”

After a scoreless first quarter-hour, the teams ventured in a see-saw affair with both sides scoring twice during in a six-minute stretch. Cindy Lay gave Grand Rapids a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute as she followed up her own shot inside the area and hammered home the rebound. Inferno responded less than two minutes later as Tesa McKibben served in a ball from the right flank and Crawford finished off her first goal of the night.

In both of their Midwest Conference playoff games last week, GRFC showed great resolve every time they conceded a goal by scoring shortly after. Saturday was no different as they took the lead back in the 21st minute with a Morgan Otteson tally. But Inferno took a page out of the book of Grand Rapids as they equalized in the 23rd minute as again, it was the McKibben-to-Crawford connection working beautifully, with Crawford hammering home her second of the match.

Inferno took their chance to jump ahead as in the 29th minute, McKibben cut in on her right and ripped a shot from the top of the area past GRFC goalkeeper Lauren Kozal, giving her team a 3-2 lead. But the lead survived just 12 minutes as Lay headed home her second of the night in the 41st minute. The 3-3 halftime score was the most goals that either team had given up in a game through the regular and postseason.

After a six-goal first half, the teams didn’t waste time in getting back at the goal-scoring fun. In the 55th minute, Crawford completed her hat trick as after Grand Rapids failed to clear a Teresa Rook (Rynier) corner, she pounced on a loose rebound in the area to give Inferno a 4-3 lead, which ultimately ending up as the game-winner.

Grand Rapids got an opportunity to level the score in the 63rd minute as Lay got fouled in the box but veteran stalwart Marti Corby put her penalty kick wide to the goalie’s left, letting the Rush defense off the hook.

GRFC continued to push the tempo over the remaining minutes but the Inferno defense, despite giving up the most goals that they’ve allowed in any match up to this point in the season, held firm and saw out the result. Rush goalkeeper Kelly O’Brien also did her part in the second half and collected seven saves over the 90 minutes to preserve the win.

The win secures Inferno Rush’s first appearance in the UWS National Final as they will take on another UWS Final debutant, the Houston Aces. The match is scheduled to kick off at 6:30pm ET at Grandville High School in Grandville, MI on Sunday, July 22.

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.