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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.

Week VIII: UWS Team of the Week

07/05/2018, 3:15pm EDT
By Admin

Hix posts an eight-point weekend, Chilcoat steadies defense to a pair of shutouts

Metuchen, NJ – Week VIII produced it's first conference champion in the 2018 UWS Season as the Houston Aces powered through their competition to take the Southwest regular season crown with two matches to spare. Expansion side Lansing United clinched the Midwest regular season crown and will host their conference tournament while the races in the East and West are building up to an exciting finish.

LA Galaxy OC Women surged up the table in the West and sit in second place with two weeks to play. A large part of that is due to the recent form of Angelina Hix, who scored three goals and assisted on two more in a weekend home-and-home sweep over So Cal Crush FC, earning her the UWS Offensive Player of the Week award. The Inferno Rush posted back-to-back clean sheets in Week VIII action, due in large part to the consistent play of Ashley Chilcoat, as the defender logged a pair of 90-minute efforts to steady the back line. She earns the UWS Defensive Player of the Week award, making her the second Inferno player to win the award as goalkeeper Kelly O'Brien won it back in Week V.

UWS TEAM OF THE WEEK (WEEK VIII) 

GK Kelsey Daugherty (Long Island Rough Riders) - Came up with a pair of highlight reel saves to preserve a 3-2 victory over New England Mutiny

D Shauna Peare (Houston Aces) - Instrumental in the Aces back line, helped the team to a pair of clean sheets on the weekend

D Tori Martyn (Calgary Foothills Women's FC) - Scored an 89th minute equalizer in a comeback 2-2 draw against Santa Clarita*

D Ashley Chilcoat (Inferno Rush) - Posted a pair of 90-minute efforts in helping her team to post two shutouts in a key weekend

M Sabrina Flores (LA Galaxy OC Women) - Notched three assists across two games against So Cal Crush*

M Teresa Rook (Rynier) (Inferno Rush) - Scored a pair of goals and assisted on four others over a two-match weekend

M Ashlyn Skidmore (Genesee FC) - Led her side to their first win of the season, scoring two goals and assisting on another over Fort Wayne

M Dani Evans (Detroit Sun FC) - Another steady performance by the veteran and set up the game-tying goal against Michigan*

F Angelina Hix (LA Galaxy OC Women) - Paced the LAGOC offense with three goals and two assists in the weekend sweep over So Cal Crush

F Jenna Menta (New York Surf) - Capped off New York's comeback at Connecticut with an 82nd minute equalizer and netted the game-winner in the 84th minute

F Corey Sawall (Lansing United) - Scored a 1st half brace against Genesee FC to clinch the Midwest Conference regular season crown for Lansing United

HONORABLE MENTION 

D Alexia Salas (North Texas Image) - Guided the Image to a clean sheet over El Paso, playing the full 90

M Evdokia Popadinova (Santa Clarita Blue Heat) - Strong performance in the midfield in a 2-2 draw at Calgary

F Tori Baliatico (New Jersey Copa FC) - Notched a pair of goal in an early week matchup against Long Island

F Jennifer Borawski (Michigan Legends) - Team leader in goals came through with a tally against Detroit Sun

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Ashley Chilcoat (Inferno Rush)

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Angelina Hix (LA Galaxy OC Women)

* - indicates second 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.

Week VIII Roundup: UWS Midwest

07/02/2018, 4:15pm EDT
By Admin

LAN secure Midwest Regular Season crown, GRFC, DET and MI nab tournament bids

FRIDAY, JUNE 29

GENESEE FC 5, FORT WAYNE GRYPHONS 2

FLINT, MI – Both Genesee FC and the Fort Wayne Gryphons came into this contest looking for their first victories of the 2018 season and with the two sides combining to score just eight goals in 15 previous matches, something had to give. But the goals did flow in this contest and Genesee came out with a thorough 5-2 victory. It was a big day for Genesee midfielder Ashlyn Skidmore as she netted a pair of goals with an assist and got the scoring started in the 18th minute, finishing off Ellie Christon’s service. Fort Wayne responded back just four minutes later by way of Alanna Richmond’s first goal of the season. Rachel Raisins restored order for Genesee with a 35th minute strike but again, the Gryphons didn’t go away as they got an equalizer just five minutes later from Alex Koontz. It looked like the first half would end tied at two but right on the stroke of halftime, Christon re-secured Genesee’s one-goal lead with a well hit strike. The hosts wouldn’t look back from there as right before the hour mark, substitute Whitney Fleming finished off a well-worked team goal. Skidmore would wrap up the scoring with a quarter hour to play with a long distance strike, completing her five-point effort. The result was the start that Genesee was looking for in their double-match weekend as it gave them a little confidence heading into their season finale at Lansing.

LANSING UNITED 2, GRAND RAPIDS FC WOMEN 1

EAST LANSING, MI – It was a battle of the top of the table on a hot night in East Lansing as after drawing 2-2 back in Week I, Lansing United hosted Grand Rapids FC Women with a chance to give themselves a little cushion heading into their regular season finale on Sunday. After a couple of early chances for the hosts, Lansing finally got in front in the 12th minute when Anna Stinson delivered a beautiful cross from the right flank right towards an unmarked Riko Sagara, whose towering header from the penalty spot beat GRFC goalkeeper Maia Perez. However, that lead for Lansing was short lived as three minutes later, Grand Rapids scored the equalizing goal as former Grand Valley State University All-American Marti Corby cut in from outside the area and her right-footed effort rippled the back of the net. The 1-1 score held through halftime but five minutes into the second half, Lansing thought they scored a second goal as off Sagara’s deep driven corner, Mary Carlson thought that her header that rocketed down off the crossbar bounced over the line but the referees deemed that the ball stayed out before a brave Perez was able to smother the rebound in traffic. Lansing would get their chance in the 65th minute as Alexis Mitchell generated her team a penalty kick after a handball was called in the box. Mitchell then finished the job as she calmly slotted the ball home, picking up her fourth goal of the season. That was the difference on the night as Lansing United took all three points and put themselves in great position to earn the number one seed for the Conference tournament.

MICHIGAN LEGENDS 2, DETROIT SUN FC 2

BRIGHTON, MI – With Grand Rapids FC Women falling to Lansing United on Friday evening, it was an opportunity for Detroit Sun FC to pass the defending UWS Champions in the Midwest Conference standings. Meanwhile a win for Michigan would all but secure their spot in the Conference Tournament and the hosts got off to the flying start that they needed as Jennifer Borawski scored her fifth goal of the season in the eighth minute, giving her side a 1-0 lead. Madison Hughes doubled Michigan’s lead in the 66th minute and it looked like time was running out for the Sun in their hopes of securing a potential two-seed in the tournament. But then the switch turned on for last year’s UWS National Semifinalist as Anastasia Savich trimmed the deficit to 2-1 with an 83rd minute goal. And in the 88th minute, UWS Week VII Offensive Player of the Week Rachel DeLuca latched onto Dani Evans’ service and netted the equalizer. The teams ended up splitting the points at full-time and while the result didn’t help either team move up the standings, clawing their way back from a two-goal deficit against a good side like Michigan gives them real belief that they can go and potentially lift the Midwest Conference Tournament title.

SATURDAY, JUNE 30

GRAND RAPIDS FC WOMEN 14, INDY PREMIER SC 0

GRANDVILLE, MI – After falling to Lansing United on Friday night, Grand Rapids FC Women wanted to put that performance behind them and come out firing against their next opponent. That opponent was a very overwhelmed Indy Premier SC team, that was operating short staffed and could not contain Grand Rapids for the 90 minutes as the defending UWS Champions defeated Indy 14-0. GRFC got off to a fast start with five goals scored in the first 20 minutes and never looked back from there on a hot and humid night. Jodian Morris netted a hat trick on the night and Cindy Lay picked up a first half brace as well to lead Grand Rapids, along with getting goals from eight other players. The win also confirmed that Grand Rapids clinched their ticket back to the Midwest Conference Tournament and would finish no lower than second place in the regular season standings.

SUNDAY, JULY 1

LANSING UNITED 4, GENESEE FC 1

EAST LANSING, MI – Expansion teams don’t always need a growing year or two to figure things out in order to have future success. Lansing United proved that they wanted to contend for a championship from day one and took their first step on Sunday afternoon as they clinched the Midwest Conference regular season title with a 4-1 victory over Genesee FC. Grand Valley State University forward Corey Sawall joined the club midseason and hadn’t experienced too many opportunities to contribute in games. That changed on Sunday afternoon as she netted a pair of goals inside of 20 minutes to pace her team on the afternoon. The first goal came in the 8th minute off of a corner kick and the second came off of Riko Sagara’s blocked effort. Lansing extended their lead to 3-0 in the 48th minute as Brittany Tanner rounded Genesee’s goalkeeper Annabelle Hegeman and tucked home her second goal of the year. Genesee pulled a goal back in the 83rd minute as Ellie Christon buried a penalty kick but two minutes later, Lansing restored their three-goal lead as substitute Lexi Pelafas netted her fifth goal of the campaign, finishing off Dani Stephan’s free kick delivery. The victory secured not only the conference regular season title but the opportunity to host the Midwest Conference Tournament in two weeks time, which will certainly be a big advantage for Jason Crist’s team as they went 4-0-1 in playing at Archer Stadium.

MICHIGAN LEGENDS 3, INDY PREMIER SC 0

BRIGHTON, MI – An unfortunate situation occurred in the weekend’s final match in the Midwest Division as the Michigan Legends were scheduled to take on Indy Premier SC on Sunday at the Legacy Center Fieldhouse. The Legends were notified before the contest that Indy Premier would be forfeiting the match due to their inability to field a team. Under league rules, the league office awarded the home team (the Legends) a 3-0 victory. The league is currently reviewing the matter and will be informing Indy Premier SC of any additional penalties in the near future due to forfeiting a league match.

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.