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2019 NWSL Draft: Preliminary List Released

12/26/2018, 1:30pm EST
By Admin

Thirteen UWS alums eligible for annual professional draft

METUCHEN, NJ - The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) released the preliminary list of registered players for their 2019 College Draft this past week. The draft will take place on Thursday, January 10 at 12:00 PM ET at the United Soccer Coaches (USC) Convention at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Thirteen United Women's Soccer (UWS) alumni are on the initial list of draft-eligible players, highlighted by 2018 All-UWS Second Team selection Sabrina Flores (University of Notre Dame / LA Galaxy OC Women) and 2018 West Conference Offensive Player of the Year Hailey North (University of Utah / Real Salt Lake Women).

"We want to wish all of the players on the NWSL Draft list the best of luck in the pursuit of their professional dreams," said UWS Commissioner Joe Ferrara, Jr. "Its great to see so many UWS alumni getting the chance to reach the next level. We do our best to create an environment that helps them take the next step up in their soccer careers."

There is still time for prospective draftees to add their names to the list. The deadline for application is 4:00 PM ET on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. More NWSL College Draft information, including how players can register for the draft and eligibility requirements as well as the draft order for NWSL member teams can be found HERE. To follow all the action of the 2019 NWSL College Draft, use #NWSLDraft and follow the NWSL on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. For the full list of eligible players, click HERE.

POS. NAME (COLLEGE / CLUB)
F/M Diandra Aliaga (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley / Houston Aces)
F/M Millene Cabral (Martin Methodist College / Santa Clarita Blue Heat)
GK Kelsey Daugherty (University of Alabama Birmingham / Long Island Rough Riders)
M/D Sabrina Flores (University of Notre Dame / LA Galaxy OC Women)
M/D Amelia Fullmer (Lamar University / Real Salt Lake Women)
F/M Mariel Gutierrez (University of Northern Colorado / Colorado Pride)
D Liane Keegans (University of Connecticut / Connecticut Fusion)
D Caroline Kopp (University at Albany / Rochester Lady Lancers)
M/D Colleen McKay (Western Michigan University / Grand Rapids FC Women)
M/D Lauren Milliet (Colorado College / Colorado Pride)
F/M Lexi Pelafas (Central Michigan University / Lansing United)
F Hailey Skolmoski North (University of Utah / Real Salt Lake Women)
F/M Mariah Williams (University at Albany / Rochester Lady Lancers)

A deep pool of talent follow Flores and North from the UWS ranks that includes three-time NAIA All-America First Team forward Millene Cabral and C-USA Goalkeeper of the Year Kelsey Daugherty. Midfielder Mariel Gutierrez was the 2018 Big Sky Offensive MVP and also received Big Sky Golden Boot & Big Sky Conference First Team honors. A pair of Rochester alums in America East Defender of the Year Caroline Kopp and America East Striker of the Year Mariah Williams look to make the jump to the next level. Mountain West Conference First Team midfielder Lauren Milliet and Mid-American Conference Second Team forward Lexi Pelafas round out the top UWS prospects.

About United Women's Soccer (UWS): We are 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.

Fall Update: More Individual Award Winners

11/08/2018, 12:00pm EST
By Admin

UWS alumni keep on garnering top All-Conference honors

METUCHEN, NJ - In our third and final update regarding the fall award season in the Division I college ranks, we highlight 23 more current & former United Women's Soccer (UWS) stars who were awarded All-Conference recognition. From the Ivy League to the Horizon League to the Pac-12 Conference, these honorees took their summer competitive experience and translated it into fall collegiate success. All and all, 71 UWS alums in 23 of the 31 conferences in Division I received plaudits from their respective conferences for their on-the-field performances this fall.

Notable names in this edition include: Horizon League Goalkeeper Of The Year Marina Manzo, who starred for Detroit Sun FC; Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Goalkeeper Of The Year and New England Mutiny shot-stopper Taylor Dorado; a trio of players from the Connecticut Fusion - Shauny Alterisio, Charlotte Maurer and Ashley Cavanaugh - who were honored with top individual awards from the Northeast Conference; the Inferno Rush's 2018 All-United Women's Soccer Second Team selection Aubrey Suydam was also selected to the Northeast Conference team; 2017 All-West Conference Team and Real Salt Lake Women forward Hailey North (Skolmoski) was an All-Pac 12 honoree; Abilene Christian star Christina Arteaga was a 2018 UWS All-Southwest Conference Team selection for FC Austin Elite.

The 2018 NCAA Division I Tournament kicks off this weekend. Thirty-one conferences were granted automatic bids for the 2018 championship, while the remaining 33 teams were selected at-large. All preliminary-round competition will take place at campus sites. First-round games will be played Nov. 9, 10 and 11. Second and third round games will be played Friday, Nov. 16 and Sunday, Nov. 18, and Quarterfinal games will be played Nov. 23 or 24. The 37th annual NCAA Women's College Cup will be played Nov. 30 and Dec. 2 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. Keep up with all the action HERE.

Horizon League Goalkeeper Of The Year
Horizon League First Team

GK Marina Manzo (Univ. of Detroit Mercy - Detroit Sun FC)

Horizon League Second Team
MF Lauren Bos (Oakland Univ. - Detroit Sun FC)

Ivy League Rookie Of The Year
Ivy League Second Team

F Rebecca Rosen (Brown Univ. - Long Island Rough Riders)

Ivy League Second Team
F Emma Anderson (Columbia Univ. - New York Surf)
D Sydney Cummings (Brown Univ. - New Jersey Copa FC)

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Goalkeeper Of The Year
All-MAAC First Team

GK Taylor Dorado (Siena College - New England Mutiny)

All-MAAC First Team
MF Alli DeLuca (Monmouth Univ. - New Jersey Copa FC)

Mountain West Conference First Team
MF Lauren Milliet (Colorado College - Colorado Pride)

Northeast Conference Defensive Player Of The Year
Northeast Conference First Team

D Shauny Alterisio (CCSU - Connecticut Fusion)

Northeast Conference Midfielder Of The Year
Northeast Conference First Team

MF Charlotte Maurer (CCSU - Connecticut Fusion)

Northeast Conference Goalkeeper Of The Year
Northeast Conference First Team

GK Ashley Cavanaugh (CCSU - Connecticut Fusion)

Northeast Conference Second Team
MF Aubrey Suydam (Saint Francis Univ. - Inferno Rush)

Pac-12 Conference Second Team
MF Viviana Villacorta (UCLA - Santa Clarita Blue Heat)

Pac-12 Conference Third Team
F Hailey Skolmoski (Univ. of Utah - Real Salt Lake Women)
GK Jalen Tompkins (Univ. of Colorado - Colorado Storm)

Pac-12 Conference All-Freshman Team
GK Lauren Brzykcy (UCLA - Santa Clarita Blue Heat)
D Mykiaa Minniss (Washington State Univ. - Colorado Pride)

Patriot League First Team
MF Kayla Arestivo (Lehigh Univ. - Long Island Rough Riders)

Patriot League Third Team
F Abby Sotomayor (Colgate Univ. - New England Mutiny)

Southland Conference First Team
F Christina Arteaga (Abilene Christian Univ. - FC Austin Elite)

Southland Conference Second Team
D Amelia Fullmer (Lamar Univ. - Real Salt Lake Women)

Summit League First Team
MF Taryn Labree (South Dakota State Univ. - Colorado Pride)

Western Athletic Conference Second Team
D Hannah Bruce (Utah Valley State Univ. - Real Sale Lake Women)

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.

Fall Update: UWS Stars Sweep America East

11/06/2018, 12:00pm EST
By Admin

25 more league alumni awarded DI All-Conference honors

METUCHEN, NJ - In our second update regarding the fall award season in the Division I collegiate ranks, United Women's Soccer (UWS) highlights 25 more current & former stars who were awarded All-Conference recognition. In a stunning twist of accolades, four UWS stars swept the individual player awards in the America East Conference. Seven other conferences are highlighted in this update: Atlantic Sun, Atlantic 10, BIG EAST, Big Sky, Big South, Big West and the Colonial Athletic Association. Further recaps will follow in the coming days and weeks.

Notable names in this edition include: America East Striker of the Year Mariah Williams and America East Defender of the Year Caroline Kopp, who both played for the Rochester Lady Lancers; America East Midfielder of the Year and Connecticut Fusion standout Rachel Morrier; America East Rookie of the Year and New Jersey Copa FC alum Jada Colbert; 2017 UWS Second Team selection Brooke Salmon, who was honored by the Atlantic 10; Big Sky Offensive MVP & Golden Boot winner Mariel Gutierrez, who suited up for the Colorado Pride; and 2018 UWS Offensive Player of the Year Haley Crawford, who was named to the Colonial Athletic Association First Team.

America East Striker of the Year
America East Conference First Team

F Mariah Williams (Univ. at Albany - Rochester Lady Lancers)

America East Midfielder of the Year
America East Conference First Team

MF Rachel Morrier (UMass Lowell - Connecticut Fusion)

America East Defender of the Year
America East Conference First Team

D Caroline Kopp (Univ. at Albany - Rochester Lady Lancers)

America East Rookie of the Year
America East Conference Second Team

America East All-Rookie Team
MF Jada Colbert (Univ. at Albany - New Jersey Copa FC)

America East Conference First Team
F Ashley Claud (Univ. of Hartford - New York Surf)
F Julie Johnstonbaugh (Stony Brook - New Jersey Copa FC)
MF Hayley Nolan (Univ. of Hartford - Connecticut Fusion)

America East Conference Second Team
F Kayla Saager (Binghamton Univ. - Long Island Rough Riders)
MF Sierra Stone (Univ. of Hartford - Connecticut Fusion)
D Kaitlin Loughren (Stony Brook - Long Island Rough Riders)
D Megan Rumbold (Univ. of New Hampshire - Colorado Pride)

America East Conference All-Rookie Team
F Jasmine Colbert (Univ. at Albany - New Jersey Copa FC)

Atlantic Sun Conference First Team
F Evdokia Popadinova (FGCU - Santa Clarita Blue Heat)

Atlantic 10 Conference First Team
D Brooke Salmon (Fordham Univ. - New York Surf)

BIG EAST Conference First Team
D Annika Schmidt (Butler Univ. - Indy Premier SC)

BIG EAST Conference Second Team
F Christina Bellero (St. John's Univ. - Long Island Rough Riders)

Big Sky Offensive MVP
Big Sky Golden Boot
Big Sky Conference First Team

MF Mariel Gutierrez (Univ. of Northern Colorado - Colorado Pride)

Big Sky Conference First Team
D Olivia Glassford (Weber State Univ. - Real Salt Lake Women)
MF Madison Garlock (Weber State Univ. - Real Salt Lake Women)

Big South Conference First Team
F Emilie Kupsov (Longwood Univ. - Inferno Rush)

Big South Conference Second Team
MF Dylan Patterson (Winthrop Univ. - Rochester Lady Lancers)

Big West Conference Second Team
D Lindsay Kutscher (CSUN - So Cal Crush FC)

Colonial Athletic Association First Team
F Haley Crawford (James Madison Univ. - Inferno Rush)

Colonial Athletic Association Second Team
F Jennifer Buoncore (Hofstra Univ. - Long Island Rough Riders)

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.