UWS Week Eight Roundup

30 Jun 2021

Important results around the league with finish line nearing 

Central Conference 

Wednesday, June 23 

St. Louis SG 4, Gretna Elite 2 

St. Louis SG extended its winning streak to four games in midweek action with a 4-2 win over Gretna Elite on the road. St. Louis did most of its heavy lifting late in the first half. Abbie Miller began the scoring with a blast from 25 yards out in the 40th minute. Then, Emily Groark finished a pair of through balls from Miller just before the end of the half. Sydney Stephens then pounced on an assist from Groark in the 68th minute to put the visitors up 4-0. Gretna grabbed a couple of late consolation goals, but the result was never in doubt. 

Thursday, June 24

FC Wichita 3, Springfield Demize 1

FC Wichita took advantage of a winless Springfield Demize club, claiming a 3-1 win in midweek action. FC Wichita went ahead early via Laura Maria’s goal into the top corner, but Springfield answered before the halftime break as Kayleigh Putnam powered home a header. The parity would not stand, however. Maria scored again in the 66th minute to reclaim the advantage, then substitute Aimee Maher added the finishing touch with her 75th-minute tally. 

Saturday, June 26 

St. Louis SG 2, FC Wichita 2

St. Louis’ winning streak was snapped by FC Wichita on Saturday, as Wichita twice battled back to leave with a point after a 2-2 draw. Abbie Miller once again began the scoring in the 43rd minute, but the Wichita response came in the 67th minute as Brokelynn Etz knotted the scores. Sydney Ernst put St. Louis back ahead just two minutes later, but again the hosts could not hold on, as Natalia Da Silva found the back of the net for Wichita in the 76th minute to earn a share of the points. 

KC Courage 2, Springfield Demize 0 

KC Courage finished off its regular season with a solid 2-0 win over Springfield Demize, who made it five losses in a row. KC Courage began the scoring in style, as Caroline Kelly chipped the goalkeeper in the 33rd minute. The Kansas City defense did the work until the 63rd minute, when Katherine Gibson slotted home a rebound that gave the home side some breathing room. The win takes Kansas City back into a deadlock with St. Louis SG at the top of the table in the Central, but St. Louis has the better goal difference and also owns two games in hand. 

East Conference 

Wednesday, June 23 

Albany Rush 2, Syracuse DA 1

Albany Rush laid the foundations for what would be an excellent week in midweek action on Wednesday, earning a solid 2-1 win over Syracuse DA on the road. Carrie Krohn got things started for Albany in the 22nd minute, finishing off Katelyn Krohn’s assist. Krohn proved a crucial playmaker in this game, assisting again in the 53rd minute as Davia Rossi found the back of the net. Caroline Kopp pulled one back for the hosts in the 80th minute, but Albany held on from there to secure the victory. 

Friday, June 25 

CT Rush 4, Worcester Smiles 2 

CT Rush built an early cushion and never looked back, securing a 4-2 win over Worcester Smiles to get things going in the East Conference for the weekend. Kendall Patten, Julia Carr and Brittany Simpson each found the back of the net in the first half, and Alexandra Gall added on shortly after the break to put the hosts up 4-0. Worcester showed some fight late, with Jackie Feraco bagging a brace, but could not avoid a seventh consecutive defeat. 

Saturday, June 26

Scorpions SC 3, CT Fusion 1 

Scorpions SC kept the momentum rolling in this clash between two sides near the top of the East, as they cruised past CT Fusion 3-1. The visitors claimed a 3-0 lead before a half-hour was played, as Marykate McGuire, Meg Hughes and Chloe Layne each found the back of the net. Kacey Lawrence’s penalty in the 63rd minute gave CT Fusion some life, but they were never able to get back into the game. 

FC Buffalo 5, NE Mutiny 1 

The leaders in the East Conference made yet another statement, earning an emphatic 5-1 win over NE Mutiny. Remarkably, Kelsey Aruajo scored or assisted on all five of the efforts for the home side. Marcella Barberic bagged a brace, and Katherine Camper also found the back of the net for the hosts as their cruised to a win. 

Long Island Rough Riders 1, NJ Copa 0 

After needing five games to collect their first win of the season, Long Island Rough Riders bagged their second in a row with a 1-0 win over a solid NJ Copa side. Clinical finishing was the difference in this defensive battle, with each keeper making only two saves. The moment came from Christina Tesoriero, who one-timed Emily Rose’s cross into the back of the net in the 59th minute to secure the points for her side. 

Brooklyn City FC 2, LANC Inferno 1

LANC Inferno’s unbeaten start to the season came to an end in Brooklyn, as Brooklyn City earned a 2-1 win on Saturday. Lancaster got out to a solid start in the 26th minute, as Ryelle Shuey’s header put the visitors ahead. The lead didn’t stand, though, as Brooklyn City equalized in the 52nd minute via Yamilee Eveillard, then went ahead in the 83rd minute with Sarah Bayer’s cheeky flick over the keeper. 

Sunday, June 27

Syracuse DA 4, Rochester Lancers 1

Syracuse DA finished the week with a 4-1 over Rochester Lancers, who have now lost all nine of their games this season. Jessica Donald put Syracuse up early, but Claire Myers’s penalty kick leveled the scores heading into halftime. Thereafter, Syracuse took control. Brooke Barbuto put the visitors back in front, Donald found the back of the net again, and Blue Ellis capped off the victory with a goal in added time. 

CT Rush 3, LANC Inferno 2 

Connecticut Rush moved up to third in the East with this crucial victory, becoming the first side this season to put more than two goals past LANC Inferno’s defense. Kalya Gallagher scored after a goalmouth scrum in the 4th minute to put CT Rush ahead, and Alexie Rosado added a spot kick to put the away side 2-0 up heading into the break. The Inferno responded well, though. Jessica Weinoldt headed home to cut the deficit to one, and Marissa DiGenova’s free kick leveled the scores at 2-2 in the 63rd minute. The parity lasted until the 88th minute, when Claire Middlebrook’s header from a corner secured the win for CT Rush. 

Albany Rush 9, Worcester Smiles 0 

Albany Rush moved into fourth position in the East table, with a comfortable 9-0 win over Worcester Smiles. The score was 6-0 at the halftime interval, with Caitlin Wania, Katelyn Krohn and Carrie Krohn all scoring a brace. The home side would add three more in the second half as it cruised to victory. 

Midwest North  

Saturday, June 26

Muskegon Risers vs Corktown AFC 

Game postponed due to weather, rescheduled for July 6. 

Sunday, June 27

Lansing United 4, Muskegon Risers 0 

In the only action in the Midwest North for the week, Lansing United picked up a convincing 4-0 win over Muskegon Risers. Anna Stinson’s volley into the top corner began the scoring in the 12th minute. Muskegon made it to halftime without conceding, but from there, the floodgates opened. Camryn Evans, Alexis Mitchell and Lexi Ponstein each found the back of the net to turn a close match into a blowout. 

Midwest South 

Saturday, June 26

Indiana Elite vs Detroit City 

Due to the non-performance of home team Indiana Elite, their match against Detroit City FC has been declared a forfeit.

Chicago Mustangs 6, MSC Peoria 1 

Chicago Mustings’ romp of the Midwest South showed no signs of slowing, as they claimed a 6-1 win over MSC Peoria. Brynn Jacobs got Peoria on the board first in the 15th minute, but it was all Mustings from that point forward. Kalyssa Van Zanten contributed a hat trick, Mallory Olsson added a brace and Lara Schenk also found the back of the net in the win. 

Sunday, June 27

Midwest United 3, Chicago KICS 1 

Midwest United went on the road to earn a 3-1 victory over Chicago KICS in a north-south crossover game. Macey Wierenga got the visitors on the board first in the 23rd minute, then a KICS own-goal doubled Midwest United’s lead shortly before the half. The hosts pulled a goal back in the second half, but Wierenga finished off her brace late in the game and put the result beyond doubt. 

Southeast Conference 

Friday, June 25 

Pensacola FC 4, Atlanta Panthers 0 

Pensacola FC continued its perfect start to the season with its second victory of the campaign over Atlanta Panthers, 4-0. Monigo Karnley scored twice before the halftime interval to establish control for her side, with one of those goals coming by way of a fantastic volley off a corner. Kristina Lynch and Ilana Izquierdo Zanger both added goals after halftime to seal the three points. 

Saturday, June 26

Atlanta Panthers 5, Pensacola Academy 1 

Atlanta Panthers rebounded nicely the next night, earning a dominant 5-1 win over Pensacola Academy. Hannah Farr and Tori Penn each bagged a brace for the victors, while Loren Mitchell also contributed a goal off the bench. Sophia Nguyen’s first-half tally was the only goal for Pensacola Academy, which has now lost three straight to begin the season. 

Sunday, June 27 

Louisiana FC 5, Pensacola Academy 0 

Louisiana FC got its season off to a positive start, claiming a 5-0 win over Pensacola Academy. The Louisiana FC attack leaned on two players, as Valentina Restrepo began her season with a hat trick and Ori Velasquez supplemented her efforts with a two-goal showing of her own. 

Southwest Conference 

Friday, June 25

BatCo FC 3, FC Austin Elite 1

BatCo FC earned its first win of the season on Friday, coming away with a 3-1 win over FC Austin Elite. BatCo claimed an early lead via Jessica Davenport in the 7th minute, who then doubled the advantage in the 38th minute. A free-kick goal by Olga Massombo put the home side up 3-0, and ensured a late FC Austin consolation goal had no consequence. 

Saturday, June 26

Lone Star Republic 2, Side FC 1 

Side FC 92 provided the toughest test to date, but Lone Star Republic’s perfect season lives on after a 2-1 win. Renata Vargas headed a cross by Leslie Campuzano home to put Lone Star in front early, but Side FC responded quickly as Joan Nakirya latched onto a through ball and fired it past the keeper. It seemed like Lone Star might drop points for the first time all season, but Side FC eventually broke down, as Bronwyn Boswell scored the winner in the 56th minute. 

SA Athenians 6, CTX Hornets 0 

Needing a win here to stay within striking distance of the top spot in the Southwest, SA Athenians delivered quite the performance, blowing away CTX Hornets, 6-0. Eden Bretzer paced the away side with her hat trick off the bench, while Amanda Smith, Paityn Bretzer and Kaelyn Carnahan also found their way onto the scoresheet. 

WilCo FC 5, BatCo FC 1

WilCo FC produced its best weekend of the season, and it began Saturday, with a dominant 5-1 win over BatCo. WilCo went ahead early thanks to Rafiatu Alhassan, but BatCo answered shortly afterward via Damaris Cruz. But Alhassan wasn’t finished. She scored again before halftime, and went on to complete her hat trick after the interval as WilCo ran away with the three points. 

Sunday, June 27

WilCo FC 1, FC Austin Elite 0 

WilCo closed a weekend of back-to-back wins with a solid defensive performance against FC Austin Elite, winning 1-0. The only goal of the game came early, as Manami Okada found the back of the net in the 17th minute. From there, WilCo absorbed all the pressure FC Austin Elite was able to produce, hanging onto a 1-0 win. 

West Conference 

Sunday, June 27

Internacional CA 1, SC Blue Heat 1 

Internacional CA was able to put the first blemish of the season on SC Blue Heat’s record, as it held the division leaders to a 1-1 draw. Internacional claimed an early lead in the first half, converting a head off a cross. The lead didn’t last long, though, as Angeles Escobar equalized for SC Blue Heat in the 33rd minute. Both sides canceled each other out thereafter. 

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