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2019 NWSL College Draft Recap

01/10/2019, 4:30pm EST
By Admin

Three United Women's Soccer alumnae drafted into the pro ranks

CHICAGO, IL - The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) conducted their 2019 College Draft today at the United Soccer Coaches (USC) Convention in Chicago, IL. Three United Women's Soccer (UWS) alumnae were selected by NWSL teams: midfielder Lauren Milliet (5th pick, 2nd Round) by the North Carolina Courage; midfielder Alex Kimball (5th pick, 4th Round) by Utah Royals FC; and, midfielder/defender Sabrina Flores (7th pick, 4th Round) by Sky Blue FC.

Milliet is the sixth Colorado Pride alum ever to be selected in the NWSL College Draft. Lauren starred for Colorado during the 2016 UWS season, appearing in seven of the team's eight games. She was recently named a Mountain West Conference First Team at Colorado College and joins Jessie Ayers as Tigers drafted by NWSL teams. In 2015, Ayers was selected by FC Kansas City in the 3rd Round as the 26th overall pick.

Kimball was a familiar quantity for Utah, as she was on the Real Salt Lake Women roster this past season but has also played for FC Austin Elite of the UWS Southwest Conference in her career. She started 10 of the 27 games for the UNC Tarheels this past fall and tallied career highs in points (four goals, two assists) and minutes played (994).

Flores starred for LA Galaxy OC Women last summer as a 2018 All-UWS selection and appeared in eight matches. Sabrina was one of the leaders in minutes played (716) and tied for the team lead with five assists. She started all 18 games in her final season at Notre Dame and also tied for the team with five assists on the season. Flores is the fifth Irish player to be selected in the NWSL College Draft since the league was formed in 2012.

Fans, friends, prospective players and teams can find United Women's Soccer at Booth 615 in the Exhibit Hall at the McCormick Place West Building from Thursday through Saturday. Follow UWS on social media for live updates and more. For full information on the USC Convention, visit their official website at UnitedSoccerCoachesConvention.org.

About United Women's Soccer (UWS): 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.

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.

International Roundup: Sumaila Stars For Ghana

12/20/2018, 12:00pm EST
By Admin

Former Detroit top scorer Schupbach nets hat trick for WPWL leaders

METUCHEN, NJ - Now that the collegiate season has concluded, the world of women's soccer has turned its attention to the professional and international ranks. In our latest roundup, we take a first look at United Women's Soccer (UWS) alumni who have gone on to find success and continue their development in the professional and international ranks. Stay tuned for more updates in the coming weeks on those former UWS standouts looking to make a mark at the next level of competition as the national pro-am league ramps up preparations for the 2019 season.

TOP OF THE HOLIDAY TABLE... Cardiff Metropolitan WFC went into the festive break with a six-point lead at the top of the Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League (WPWL) after a 5-2 win at Rhyl Ladies FC. Former Detroit Sun FC midfielder Madison Schupbach hit a hat-trick in the victory, helping her side to their seventh win in the last eight games. Cardiff Met are on a solid track to qualify once again for the UEFA Women's Champions League, where they finished third in their group in August but did not move on to the next stage of competition. Before signing with Cardiff in July, Schupbach ranked third in UWS in scoring (11 points) and was tied for third in goals (five) for Detroit. In 2017, Madison led the Sun in scoring and was an All-Midwest Conference First Team and All-UWS Second Team selection and finished tied for third in scoring, with 22 points on nine goals and four assists. She wrapped up her four-year career with the Bowling Green Falcons in Fall 2017 as an All-MAC First-Team selection, and also was named to the OCSA All-Ohio Second Team.

SUN SHINES ON SUMAILA... Former LA Galaxy OC Women forward Sherifatu Sumaila took her strong season for the UWS West side - where she led the team in goals scored (six) - into a great run for club and country this fall. The former Ghana youth international joined the senior side for the recent Africa Women Cup of Nations. Hosted in Ghana, it doubled as the Confederation of African Football (CAF) qualifiers for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. Sumaila garnered Woman of the Match honors in the 1-0 win over Algeria but unfortunately, the Black Queens finished third (1-1-1) in their group and did not qualify. Her call-up was on the heels of her performance for Djurgårdens IF Damfotboll in the Swedish Damallsvenskan, who she signed for after being named to the 2018 All-West Conference First Team. Sherifatu made seven appearances for Djurgårdens, who finished eighth in the final standings after the season's conclusion in October.

CAP FOR COPA ALUM... A pair of New Jersey Copa FC alumni have been continuing their careers overseas as well, with one making her first appearance at the international level. Former Copa defender Monique Goncalves currently plays for Clube Atlético de Ouriense in Portugal's Liga BPI after her stint with UMF Sindri Höfn of the Icelandic top flight. Goncalves has made nine appearances for Atlético Ouriense, who sit in eighth place. She was also recently called up to the senior Portugal side. Monique did not appear in the 1-0 loss to the U.S. Women's National Team on November 8th in Lisbon, but did make her senior debut in the 1-0 win over Wales on November 10th. Club alum Erin Simon has made nine appearances for West Ham United WFC of the FA Women's Super League in England, who are in sixth place. She joined the club on a free transfer after two years with Sky Blue FC. Former Boston Breakers Head Coach Matt Beard inserted her right into his lineup in FA Continental Tyres Cup games against Lewes and Arsenal.

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.