UWS National Semifinals: Preview

23 Jul 2021
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Round Rock ready for semifinal action 

Semifinal 1: Midwest United vs CT Fusion

Time: 6:00 p.m. CDT

Venue: Round Rock Multipurpose Complex (Round Rock, TX)

Match Details and Live Steam 

Two sides with a distinct ability to keep fans engaged and the goals flowing will meet in the first of two semifinal matches on Friday. Midwest and Central Conference champions Midwest United will do battle with East Conference champs CT Fusion. The 42 goals scored by Midwest United in the regular season led all of UWS, and CT Fusion didn’t follow very far behind with 39 goals of their own. This game could come down to the ability of either side to defend well against the talented attackers on both ends. 

Midwest United statistical leaders (All stats regular season only) 

Goals: Stephanie Currie (8) 

Assists: Avery Lockwood (5) 

Saves: Maia Perez (24) 

Minutes Played: Anna Bennett (793) 

Fun Fact: Grand Rapids FC won the UWS National Championship back in 2017 and again appeared in the National Semifinals in 2018. Grand Rapids FC announced a collaboration with Midwest United in late 2019, and now they’re back on the national stage.   

You May Know…Avery Lockwood, who has played with the USWNT at the U20 level and is entering her second season at Indiana University. Despite her youth, she serves as Midwest United’s captain. 

CT Fusion statistical leaders: 

Goals: Tiffany Weimer (8)

Assists: Cara Jordan (4)

Saves: Alessandra Augur (35)

Minutes Played: Brenna Brown (777) 

Fun Fact: Every player on the CT Fusion roster played her college soccer in Connecticut, is a graduate of one of Connecticut’s college soccer programs, or currently resides in the state. 

You May Know… Roma McLaughlin, CT Fusion’s standout midfielder and Republic of Ireland international, who is a two-time United Soccer Coaches All-American at Central Connecticut State, where she is a rising senior. 

Semifinal 2: SA Athenians vs SC Blue Heat 

Time: 8:30 p.m. CDT

Venue: Round Rock Multipurpose Complex (Round Rock, TX) 

Match Detials and Live Stream 

Two sides who suffered just one loss between them will meet in the second semifinal on Friday. SA Athenians won 9 of 10 games during the regular season and used a dramatic goal to best Lone Star Republic in the Southwest Conference Final to earn a place. SC Blue Heat — who won the inaugural UWS title back in 2016 — qualified by winning the regular season championship in the West Conference, playing to a 4-0-2 overall record. Both of these sides showcased impressive defensive records this season, with Athenians conceding only 11 times in 10 regular-season games and Blue Heat holding opponents to four goals in six games. 

SA Athenians statistical leaders 

Goals: Amanda Smith (7)

Assists: Natalie Hanson (4) 

Saves: Mia Wildeman (37)

Minutes Played: Jamie Erickson (810) 

Fun Fact: SA Athenians have never appeared in the UWS National Championship Tournament before — like CT Fusion. They’ll hope to make the most of their first opportunity on the national stage. 

You May Know…Star SA Athenians striker Amanda Smith. Smith finished tied for sixth nationally in goals with seven this season and also made three appearances on the UWS Team of the Week. 

SC Blue Heat statistical leaders: 

Goals: Angeles Escobar (4) 

Assists: Yujie Zhao and Alyssa Thompson (2) 

Saves: Brooke Littman (5) 

Minutes Played: Iris Rabot (270) 

Fun Fact: Blue Heat forward Alyssa Thompson won the 2021 Gatorade National Player of the Year award as a sophomore, making her one of the most exciting high school players across the nation and certainly a player to look out for at this event. 

You May Know…Defender Lauren Sesselmann, who has suited up 46 times in international competition for Canada. She won a bronze medal with the Canadian team at the 2012 Olympics, and now anchors the back line for SC Blue Heat.

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