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Week III Preview: UWS Midwest

05/24/2018, 3:45pm EDT
By Admin

DET & GRFC meet once again; FTW kicks off 2018 campaign

FRIDAY, MAY 25

Fort Wayne United Gryphons vs. Indy Premier SC
7:00 PM EDT - Warrior Field at Indiana Tech Univ. (Fort Wayne, IN)

Friday night's season-opening match for the Fort Wayne United Gryphons will be an opportunity for them to improve on last season's finish in the UWS Midwest. While the Gryphons will not have 2017 All-UWS Midwest selections Hannah Tillett and Alexa Siegal available, they will have a burgeoning talent in the United States Youth National Team system to count on. Forward Amelia White has been steadily progressing up the ladder in the U.S. Soccer ranks after her debut campaign with Fort Wayne last summer, where she earned a UWS Team of the Week selection in Week III. White was a 2017 United Soccer Coaches (USC) Youth Girls All-Midwest Region honoree before earning "Most Inspirational Player of the Week" at the U-15 U.S. National Team Training Camp in February. Recently, Amelia starred for the U-16's at the UEFA Women's International Development Tournament in Portugal, where she tallied three assists including one on the game-winning goal against the hosts.

Indy Premier SC is also looking to get to winning ways in the UWS Midwest, especially after dropping their 2018 opener to Detroit Sun FC on Mother's Day in Week I action. Detroit capped off a successful opening weekend at home with their second victory: a 2-0 win over Indy Premier in front of 425 fans at Ultimate Soccer Arena in Pontiac, MI. Two first half goals by the Sun's star forward Madison Schupbach proved to be the difference and Detroit goalkeeper Marina Manzo (three saves) kept IPSC from getting back in the match with a spectacular save on a breakaway in the 62nd minute. Indy Premier goalkeeper Gina Cerny stood on her head in the loss, making 19 saves.

Michigan Legends FC vs. Genesee FC
7:00 PM EDT - Legacy Center Fieldhouse (Brighton, MI)

Michigan Legends FC opens their home campaign on Friday night inside the confines of the Legacy Center Fieldhouse, where they went 3-1-1 during the 2017 season - the biggest reason why they qualified for the four-team UWS Midwest playoffs. They out-scored their opposition by a 6-1 margin in their final two home victories last year and will be looking to carry over that home momentum into the 2018 season. The return of team captain Megan Trapp has been a catalyst for the team after losing top scorer Tori Singstock to the Detroit Sun this year and she was named to the first edition of the UWS Team of the Week. The duo of Madison Hughes and Jennifer Borawski picked up the scoring slack last Friday in Michigan's 2-1 win over newcomers Genesee FC.

The Legends spoiled the UWS debut of GFC at the newly renovated Atwood Stadium at Kettering University and struck first in the 23rd minute as Borawski ran on to a a 65-yard bomb and finished ahead of the challenge from Genesee goalkeeper Annabelle Hegeman. In the 33rd minute, Hughes doubled the lead with a clinical finish off a Legends' corner kick. The first goal in Genesee FC history came right before halftime on a gorgeous strike from Madeleine Zayan. Her strike from the top of the 18-yard box hit the underside of the crossbar and into goal to cut the lead to 2-1. A scoreless second half and a five-save performance from Michigan keeper Isabel Nino preserved the win for Michigan.

Detroit Sun FC vs. Grand Rapids FC Women
8:00 PM EDT - Ultimate Indoor Soccer (Pontiac, MI)

Friday night's match between Detroit and Grands Rapids will be the fifth time the two rivals have faced off in the past two seasons in the UWS Midwest. They say familiarity breeds contempt and that is certainly beginning to come true as the GRFC Women have taken the upper hand in the last three games between the adversaries. After winning by a 2-1 score in their first-ever meeting on May 20th last year, Detroit's offense has been shutout and they have been out-scored by a 5-0 margin. However, those three losses have occurred on the road at Grandville High School, so this is an opportunity to reverse the scoring curse that the Sun have suffered and to also do it at home where they beat GRFC in 2017.

The rivalry between the Grand Rapids and Detroit did not disappoint last Sunday night as the home side emerged victorious by a 1-0 score. Jodian Morris' strike from a Lizzie Paul feed just three minutes into the second half proved to be the difference. Detroit goalkeeper Madison Clem (10 saves) kept the visitors in the match while GRFC goalkeeper Maia Perez (three saves) got the win. It was Detroit's first loss of the year after they opened with wins over Michigan Legends FC and Indy Premier SC in Week I action but still top the UWS Midwest with a 2-1 record. Grand Rapids defender Melissa Roy and Sun defender Jackie Mazzara were named to UWS Team of the Week for their strong defensive play.

SUNDAY, MAY 27

Fort Wayne United Gryphons vs. Genesee FC
3:00 PM EDT - Warrior Field at Indiana Tech Univ. (Fort Wayne, IN)

If the Fort Wayne United Gryphons do not emerge with a win in their season opener on Friday night, they will have a test to notch a victory on Sunday afternoon as Genesee FC will come to town with a point to prove after suffering two close losses at home to open their inaugural campaign. Last Sunday night at Atwood Stadium, Genesee dropped a 2-1 decision - the same result suffered to Michigan Legends two days prior - but this time to fellow Midwest newcomers Lansing United. Despite Lansing's abundance of offense, the game remained 0-0 until the 38th minute when Genesee scored first after forward Katelyn Wilkowski beat a defender and converted on a breakaway. But the lead didn’t last, as six minutes later the visitors tied up the match and won it in the 52nd minute as Erin Doster tallied her first goal of the season in front of the goal on a pass from Aubrey Schierbeek at the end line. Keeper Annabelle Hegeman (five saves) picked up the loss but she was still named to the UWS team of the Week for her strong play over the weekend.

About United Women's Soccer (UWS): 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 UWS Director of Communications Jorma Kansanen 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 II: UWS Team Of The Week

05/22/2018, 8:00pm EDT
By Admin

Toraya leads Blue Heat defense; Barbuto impresses as Offensive POTW

METUCHEN, NJ - Action around the country picked up steam during Week II play in United Women's Soccer (UWS) as the West Conference kicked off their season. The Colorado Pride returned to UWS with two home games while the Santa Clarita Blue Heat and Real Salt Lake Women renewed their rivalry amidst the state-of-the-art indoor confines of the Zions Bank Real Academy in Herriman, UT.

For her efforts containing the likes of forward Colette Smith in the 0-0 draw against the RSL Women, Blue Heat veteran defender Yadira Toraya has been named the UWS Defensive Player of the Week. On the other side of the country, Brooke Barbuto made a huge impression in her first two games with the Rochester Lady Lancers (including the team's first-ever franchise win) and has been named the UWS Offensive Player of the Week.

UWS TEAM OF THE WEEK (WEEK II)

F CARISSIMA CUTRONA (WNY Flash) - two goals v. defending East champion LI
F ELIN EKLUND (Rochester Lady Lancers) - game-tying goal in NE draw; hat trick v. Worcester
F HAILEY NORTH (Real Salt Lake Women) - two goals in two wins for RSL Women
M RACHEL MORRIER (Connecticut Fusion) - establishing herself as one of league's top midfielders *
M BROOKE BARBUTO (Rochester Lady Lancers) - best player on pitch vs. NE; hat trick vs. Worcester
M AUBREY SCHIERBEEK (Lansing United) - controlled midfield & assisted on GWG v. Genesee FC *
D YADIRA TORAYA (Santa Clarita Blue Heat) - neutralized one of league's best forwards in clean sheet v. RSLW
D MELISSA ROY (GRFC Women) - helped GRFC to clean sheet v. undefeated Detroit
D MEGAN FARRELL (So Cal Crush FC) - central defender helped Crush earn point on the road vs. CO
GK ANNABELLE HEGEMAN (Genesee FC) - earned kudos from both opposing coaches for outstanding play

HONORABLE MENTION

GK KAYLYN SMITH (Colorado Pride) - several big stops for Colorado netminder
F JENNIFER BORAWSKI (Michigan Legends FC) - scored goal & consistently active in Genesee FC win
F TARYN LABREE (Colorado Pride) - one goal & several dangerous opportunities
M CHANEL JOHNSON (Connecticut Fusion) - goal; active play in midfield
D GRACE JOHNSON (Real Salt Lake Women) - solid in central defense in two wins for RSLW
D JACKIE MAZZARA (Detroit Sun FC) - strong center back play in tough luck loss

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Brooke Barbuto (Rochester Lady Lancers)
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Yadira Toraya (Santa Clarita Blue Heat)

* indicates second appearance on UWS Team of the Week

About United Women's Soccer (UWS): 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 UWS Director of Communications Jorma Kansanen 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 II Roundup: UWS Midwest

05/22/2018, 12:00pm EDT
By Admin

GRFC victorious in rematch with DET; 1st franchise win for LAN

FRIDAY, MAY 18

GENESEE FC 1, MICHIGAN LEGENDS FC 2

FLINT, MI - The Michigan Legends spoiled the UWS debut of Genesee FC with a 2-1 victory in Midwest Conference action at the newly renovated Atwood Stadium at Kettering University. The Legends struck first in the 23rd minute as Jennifer Borawski ran on to a a 65-yard bomb and was able to run onto it just ahead of the challenge from Genesee goalkeeper Annabelle Hegeman (12 saves). In the 33rd minute, Madison Hughes doubled the lead with a clinical finish off a Legends' corner kick. The first goal in Genesee FC history would come right before halftime on a gorgeous strike from Madeleine Zayan. Her strike from the top of the 18-yard box hit the underside of the crossbar and into goal to cut the lead to 2-1. A scoreless second half and a five-save performance from Michigan keeper Isabel Nino preserved the 2-1 win for the visitors.

SUNDAY, MAY 20

GRAND RAPIDS FC 1, DETROIT SUN FC 0

GRANDVILLE, MI - The steadily burgeoning rivalry between the Grand Rapids FC Women and Detroit Sun FC did not disappoint on Sunday night at Grandville High School. The last time the two teams met was at the same facility in the 2017 UWS Midwest Final, with the GRFC Women emerging victorious and winning the conference title by the same score. Jodian Morris' strike from a Lizzie Paul feed just three minutes into the second half proved to be the difference. Detroit's Madison Clem kept the visitors in the match with a 10-save performance while GRFC goalkeeper Maia Perez (three saves) got the win. It was Detroit's first loss of the year after they opened with wins over Michigan Legends FC and Indy Premier SC in Week I action. They drop to 2-1 on the season. Grand Rapids moves up to 1-0-1 for the season after a 2-2 home draw against Lansing United on opening weekend.

GENESEE FC 1, LANSING UNITED 2

FLINT, MI - Lansing United created team history at Atwood Stadium on Sunday night with their first-ever franchise victory, defeating Genesee FC by a 2-1 score. United stepped on the pitch with an attacking state of mind. Captain Dani Stephan started it off six minutes in but her shot went wide right. The momentum continued as midfielder Riko Sagara and forward Anna Stinson had scoring opportunities. Despite Lansing's abundance of offense, the game remained 0-0 until the 38th minute when Genesee scored first after forward Katelyn Wilkowski beat a defender and converted on a breakaway. But the lead didn’t last, as six minutes later Brittany Tanner knocked the ball in off an assist from Aubrey Schierbeek which began with a United corner kick. Lansing won the match in the 52nd minute, as Erin Doster tallied her first goal of the season in front of the goal on a pass from Schierbeek at the end line. Grace Kraft made five saves for the win while Annabelle Hegeman (five saves) picked up the loss.

About United Women's Soccer (UWS): 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 UWS Director of Communications Jorma Kansanen 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.