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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.

Week X Preview: UWS East

07/12/2018, 3:45pm EDT
By Admin

Five teams battle for final spot in East Conference Championship Game

SATURDAY, JULY 14

New York Surf vs. New Jersey Copa FC

1:30 PM EDT – SUNY Maritime (Bronx, NY)

Unfortunately for New York and New Jersey, their year will come to an end after Saturday’s match as both sides were eliminated from postseason contention in Week IX. But, both will want to finish the season on a high note so expect nothing less than a quality match out of this one. Despite early season struggles, New York have been playing some really good soccer lately, going 2-1-1 in their last four matches. Also, they’ve been able to take points off New England and Connecticut to make their respective roads to the postseason more challenging. The Menta sisters have propelled the team on the offensive front during that stretch as older sister Melissa is second on the team in scoring with four goals, with younger sister Jenna running run behind her with three. Jenna also played the part of hero in the Surf’s last match in Week VIII as she scored the game-tying and winning goals inside the final ten minutes against the Fusion. Expect those two to be at it again on Saturday afternoon as they try to lift their team to a season-ending win.

For New Jersey Copa FC, 2018 was a setback season after making the East Conference Championship Game in each of the last two seasons, including winning it and advancing to the UWS National Championship Game in 2016. But the stretch run took a toll on the Garden State side as they’ve lost four of their last five matches after starting the season 2-1-1. To be fair, those five matches included a pair against top-ranked Inferno Rush and the other three contests came against teams still alive in the playoff hunt. But, they’ve hurt themselves by continually giving up the first goal and having to play from behind during this stretch, which at the end of the day, that will come back to hurt you against the caliber of opponents that they’ve faced. But they will look to finish the year on a high note as they play the return match against the Surf, after drawing with them 1-1 back on June 2nd. That contest saw the Surf jump out to a first half lead by way of Melissa Menta’s first goal of the season before Tori Baliatico leveled things in the second half. But the match was cut short in the 85th minute due to bad weather in the region and ultimately, it was ruled a draw. So with a little unfinished business to attend to, this rematch could be fun to watch.

Inferno Rush vs. Long Island Rough Riders

3:00 PM EDT – Manheim Township H.S. (Lancaster, PA)

Last weekend, the Inferno Rush clinched the Regular season title in the East Conference by winning both of their matches in the Western New York region. First, they beat Rochester 3-1 last Saturday by the strength of a pair of Haley Crawford strikes and then on Sunday, they took down Western New York 4-2 with Crawford scoring all four goals for her team. The JMU striker, who later earned the Week IX UWS Offensive Player of the Week award for her efforts, vaulted herself into second place in the UWS Goal scoring charts with ten tallies, trailing only Houston’s Gisela Arrieta by two. So while the Rush will wait around to see who they will be playing in the East Conference Championship Game next week, they will want to keep the momentum going into the postseason with a good performance against Long Island. However, this matchup against Long Island hasn’t done them any favors as they’ve lost three of the four all-time meetings, including a less than memorable 6-1 loss at home last year. But, the Rush have overcome almost every challenge thrown their way this season so expect nothing less than a strong effort on Saturday.

Now this is where the East Conference starts to get very interesting. The Rough Riders are in a group of five teams that are still fighting for the second spot in that East Conference Championship Game. Currently, they are in a three-way tie with New England and Rochester in third place on 14 points and while there are plenty of scenarios that could see them make that Conference Championship Game, they first need to beat Inferno Rush. As stated above, they’ve won three of the four previous meetings against them so they’ve got that to lean on come Saturday. Also, since their come-from-behind 2-2 draw at Connecticut on June 16th, they picked up confidence boosting wins against New England and Worcester to keep their playoff hopes alive. Morgan Santoro broke out last week with four goals against the Smiles and Kayla Saager continues to put together a fine season as she leads the team offensively with five goals and two assists. Long Island will look again to those two to stay hot offensively against one of the best defenses in the league.

New England Mutiny vs. Connecticut Fusion

3:00 PM EDT – Agawam H.S. (Agawam, MA)

Two more sides that are in the middle of that five-team fight for second place will clash for the second time this year on Saturday. New England traveled to the Farmington Sports Arena on May 11th and played the part of spoilers in the Connecticut Fusion’s inaugural match, winning 3-2 with substitute Elena Santos netting the winner in the 75th minute. But for what was a very bright start to the season, New England will consider 2018 a bit of a disappointing one as far too often for their liking, they’ve dropped key points by giving away leads in the second half. But, they can’t worry about the past and can only focus on the present as they still have a realistic chance of clinching that second spot in the East Conference Championship weekend. A win plus a bit of help elsewhere will see the side, led by eight-goal campaign from Kate Howarth, reach the postseason for the first time in their time in UWS.

After defeating the Western New York Flash on the road in Week IX, they have the most direct and straightforward path to the East Conference Championship Game. A win against New England followed up by a victory on Sunday against Worcester will clinch their spot and send them off to face the Inferno Rush next week. UWS Week IX Team of the Week member Chanel Johnson stepped up to the challenge last week as her first-half brace propelled the Fusion to a 2-1 victory up in Buffalo. And they got an inspired performance from that match by Meghan Dalton in goal as the Bryant College product came up with eight saves to preserve the win. But even though Connecticut's path to the postseason is clear, they can't worry about their second game until their first one is over so expect them to press early and take it to New England as they look to pick up a necessary three points.

Western New York Flash vs. Rochester Lady Lancers

6:00 PM EDT – D’Youville College (Buffalo, NY)

No doubt that a lot of eyes will be fixed on the happenings in Buffalo on Saturday evening as the Flash will take on the Lady Lancers for the second time in three weeks. Western New York, who returned to their organization’s old stomping grounds at the Marina Auto Stadium during their previous days in WPS and the NWSL, took a 2-1 decision over Rochester with Carissima Cutrona scoring a brace. The Flash didn’t do themselves any favors last weekend as they squandered an opportunity to secure their spot in the East Conference Championship Game by dropping back-to-back home matches. They fell 2-1 to Connecticut on Saturday night, despite a furious comeback in the second half but were overwhelmed by Inferno Rush on Sunday and lost 4-2. But, the path still is fairly clear for them to secure a spot in the postseason as a win plus the Connecticut Fusion failing to pick up all six points from the weekend will get the job done. The Flash have experienced trouble at home however as they’ve lost all four matches at D’Youville Collge this season and have been outscored 15-7 by their opponents. Which is of course the great irony with this team as they are a perfect 5-0 on the road, so perhaps tricking their minds to think that this is road match may be answer that the Flash will need to get the job done.

Similar to their regional rival, the Rochester Lady Lancers have struggled at home but have excelled on the road. Despite a 1-4 record at the Marina Auto Stadium, Sal Galvano’s team is 3-0-1 on the road and will hope that recipe for success can come true one more time this weekend. After winning the three prior matches going into their first meeting with the Flash, they’ve dropped their last two matches and have fallen from first place to being in the three-way tie for third. Last week, the Lady Lancers went ahead halfway through the first half against the Rush with a brilliant solo effort from Brooke Barbuto, as the former Stony Brook product continues her wonderful season by leading the squad with eight goals but they couldn't find an answer to unlock their opponents defense and ultimately lost. Now unlike the Flash, their road to the East Conference Championship Game is far more challenging as a win won’t be enough to clinch their spot. They will need at minimum a win (and scoring a few goals to up their goal difference would help their case) plus the Inferno Rush to defeat Long Island and the Mutiny to defeat the Fusion just to give themselves a chance. Fortunately, they will know exactly where they stand by the time they kick off so if they get the results to go in their favor, they will come out trying to push the tempo early.

SUNDAY, JULY 15

Worcester Smiles vs. Connecticut Fusion

1:15 PM EDT – Worcester State University (Worcester, MA)

To wrap up their weekend in the Bay State, the Fusion will make the hour-plus long drive from Agawam to Worcester to wrap up their regular season schedule against the Smiles. If the Fusion can defeat the Mutiny on Saturday, a victory over Worcester, who currently sit at the bottom of the table in the East, will clinch their spot in the East Conference Championship Game.

The Smiles have had a challenging last few weeks to wrap up their inaugural season as they’ve lost their last six matches and in the last four, they’ve been outscored 28-3. Anthony Cosky’s team competed well last week at Long Island and were tied at one right around the half hour mark, by way of Jessica Ong’s 15th minute equalizer. But giving up a pair of goals right before the end of the half was the downfall for Worcester as the Rough Riders bagged six goals in the second half to put the match away. Now, the Smiles will hope to finish the 2018 on a high note by playing the role of spoilers against the 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.

Week IX: UWS Team of the Week

07/11/2018, 11:00am EDT
By Admin

Labbé posts conference clinching shutout, Crawford hammers home six goals during key road trip

Metuchen, NJ – As the UWS National Championship draws closer, Week IX confirmed the second of four conference winners as Calgary Foothills Women's FC defeated LA Galaxy OC Women last Friday night to claim the West title. Inferno Rush secured their spot in the East Conference Championship Game by winning two matches in the Western New York region while all the Midwest playoff teams that were in action picked up momentum building wins heading into the postseason.

Calgary Foothills Women's FC picked up a late equalizing goal against Santa Clarita in Week VIII, ensuring that a Week IX win over LA Galaxy OC Women would clinch their first West Conference title. Goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé came up big with an eight-save shutout to help clinch the West Conference crown, winning the UWS Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in 2018 as she also won the award back in Week IV. In the East Conference, the Inferno Rush picked up road wins against the Rochester Lady Lancers and the Western New York Flash to stay atop the conference standings. The teams' scoring load was carried by Haley Crawford, who scored a pair of goals against Rochester and was responsible for all four goals against the Flash, netting her the UWS Offensive Player of the Week award. She becomes the fourth Inferno Rush player to win a UWS Player of the Week award in 2018, joining Tesa McKibben (Week III) in winning the Offensive Player of the Week along with Defensive Player of the Week winners Kelly O'Brien (Week V) and Ashley Chilcoat (Week VIII).

UWS TEAM OF THE WEEK (WEEK IX) 

GK Stephanie Labbé (Calgary Foothills Women's FC) - Earned her fourth shutout of the season with an eight-save performance against LA Galaxy OC Women*

D Kaitlin Loughren (Long Island Rough Riders) - Consistent performer in the Rough Riders back line, helped her side to a victory against Worcester

D Talia White (Calgary Foothills Women's FC) - Was part of a strong defensive performance in the West Conference title-clinching victory against LA Galaxy OC Women

D Chantelle Swaby (New England Mutiny) - Strong presence at center back in the win against New Jersey Copa FC

M Chanel Johnson (Connecticut Fusion) - Set the tone early with a pair of first half goals in a major road victory against Western New York Flash*

M Miah Zuazua (North Texas Image) - Had a match to remember against ASA El Paso by scoring a hat trick and adding a pair of assists

M Brooke Barbuto (Rochester Lady Lancers) - Posted another strong performance in the midfield despite falling to the Inferno Rush^

M Dani Evans (Detroit Sun FC) - Continues to lead UWS in assists after a one-goal, one-assist performance against Fort Wayne^

F Haley Crawford (Inferno Rush) - Scored six goals in a pair of matches in the Inferno Rush's road trip in the Western New York region

F Cindy Lay (Grand Rapids FC Women) - Wrapped up the regular season by scoring a hat trick in a dominant win over Fort Wayne

F Hailey North (Real Salt Lake Women) - Notched a hat trick in an impressive road victory over the Santa Clarita Blue Heat*

HONORABLE MENTION 

D Ashley Chilcoat (Inferno Rush) - Guided the Inferno Rush to a pair of road victories, notched an assist against Rochester

M Emily Jorgens (FC Austin Elite) - Posted a two-goal, four-assist weekend as FC Austin Elite split a pair of matches

F Lauren Wade (So Cal Crush FC) - Netted two goals and assisted on another to help So Cal to their first victory of the season

F Christina Arteaga (FC Austin Elite) - Impressive finish to the campaign with a hat trick in a win over ASA El Paso

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Stephanie Labbé (Calgary Foothills Women's FC)

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Haley Crawford (Inferno Rush)

* - indicates second appearance on the UWS Team of the Week

^ - indicates third appearance on the UWS Team of the Week

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.