Roundup: UWS Week 4

7 Jun 2022
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Metuchen, NJ — Pivotal early season clashes and standout performances across the nation stood out in the fourth week of United Women’s Soccer play, with every conference in action over the weekend. 

Central Conference 

Great Lakes Division 

Friday, June 3 

Corktown Hawks 2, Cap City Athletic 0 

Cap City Athletic held out for 60 minutes against Corktown Hawks, but the visitors eventually found the breakthrough they needed to claim their third win in three games this season. Claire Hammill finished off a one-on-one chance to put Corktown Hawks ahead, then Emily Chung sealed the result with a breakaway goal in the 84th minute. 

Michigan Jaguars 8, Muskegon Risers 0

Michigan Jaguars picked up their second UWS win with a dominant effort against Muskegon Risers. Erica Toupin completed her hat trick by the 60th minute, Marin Wessner scored twice off the bench, while Dani Wolfe, Noel Blain and Sarah Noonan each found the back of the net once. 

Sunday, June 5

Cap City Athletic 2, Michigan Jaguars 1

Two late goals provided plenty of drama as Cap City Athletic bounced back with a 2-1 victory over Michigan Jaguars Sunday. It seemed that Jordyn Wickes’ early goal would be enough for Cap City, but Michigan Jaguars retaliated in the 86th minute to level the game. Camryn Evans was there to play hero for Cap City Athletic, though, restoring the advantage with a goal in stoppage time. 

Corktown Hawks 2. Nationals FC 1

Corktown Hawks took firm command of the Great Lakes Division, extending their lead at the top to five points with their fourth win in a row to start the year. Delaney Caldwell and Maya Carter put Corktown Hawks ahead 2-0 by the 53rd minute. Nationals FC made the last few minutes dicey when Celia Gaynor scored late, but the hosts were able to see out the victory. 

Heartland Division 

Friday, June 3 

Sporting Nebraska 2, Gretna Elite 1 

Sporting Nebraska proved to be a dangerous foe in its rookie UWS season once again, taking down a talented Gretna Elite side 2-1. Maddie Radke finished from a cross to put Sporting Nebraska up in the 19th minute. In the 69th minute, Lindsey Prokop provided a vital bit of insurance to double the lead. Gretna Elite got a goal back three minutes later via Abigail Santana, but Sporting Nebraska held on for an excellent away win. 

Saturday, June 4 

KC Courage 5, Arkansas Wolves 0 

KC Courage continued its sublime start to the season with a 5-0 victory over Arkansas Wolves at home. Courtney Claassen finished off a clean one-two with Rafiatu Alhassan to begin the scoring early, then finished the scoring with her second goal in the 84th minute. Schuyler Riese, Emily Key and Laudan Wilson also tallied in the straightforward victory. 

Sunday, June 5 

Arkansas Comets 1, Side FC 92 1

Arkansas Comets collected their first point at the UWS level, playing Side FC 92 to a 1-1 draw. Bella Kieklak scored first for Arkansas Comets, her shot deflecting past the keeper in the 11th minute. It seemed as though the home side was bound for its first victory, but Side FC fought back late with Abigail Davis’ low finish to salvage a point in the 89th minute. 

Gretna Elite 2, FC Wichita 1 

Gretna Elite seemed bound for a second defeat of the weekend when Hannah Woolery scored for FC Wichita in the first minute of the game. Impressively, Gretna Elite rebounded to take control of the game away from home. Elizabeth Guevara equalized with her shot from distance in stoppage time of the first half, then Ariana Mondiri converted a penalty to earn all three points for her side. 

Midwest Division 

Friday, June 3 

St. Louis Scott Gallagher 4, Indiana Union 1 

Alexa Fraley put Indiana Union ahead four minutes into this Friday night contest on their home turf, but St. Louis SG roared back to claim a comfortable 4-1 win. Aubrey Mister’s finish quickly leveled the scoreline, then Isabella Patterson fired home a penalty early in the second half to give the visitors the lead for good. Erin Connolly’s goal provided some insurance, and Patterson’s tally from a cut-back saw out the scoring. 

Sunday, June 5 

Chicago Mustangs 8, Indiana Union 0

Chicago Mustangs claimed a third impressive win to begin their season, sitting atop the Midwest Division standings with a +26 goal difference. Ainsley Ahmadian, Jameese Joseph and Nina Nicosia each scored twice in this game, while Emily Chudik and Julia Simon also found the scoresheet. 

East Conference 

Mid-Atlantic Division 

Saturday, June 4 

Coppermine United 2, Paisley Athletic 0

Coppermine United emerged victorious in this game between two UWS rookies, completing its second clean sheet in as many games to begin the season. Brooke Boyd converted Riley Barger’s cross in the 68th minute to break the ice, then Bethany Harford sealed the deal with her goal in the closing moments. 

Sunday, June 5 

Lancaster Inferno 4, NJ Copa FC 1

Lancaster Inferno earned its third win of the season — and its second victory over NJ Copa — with a 4-1 result Sunday. Lancaster Inferno scored all four of its goals inside the first half. Jackie Richards netted three of them, while Kayla Mesaros scored the opener and provided two assists. Substitute Camryn Wolf contributed a second-half consolation goal for NJ Copa. 

New England Division 

Friday, June 3 

NE Mutiny 1, Albany Rush 0 

With an outstanding defensive performance, NE Mutiny brought home its fourth win in four games so far this season. Catherine Barry’s finish off a square ball from Leya Vohra in the 44th minute was all the scoring NE Mutiny would need as it leaned on a stout back line to bring home all three points. 

CT Fusion 3, Scorpions SC 0 

Last year’s UWS runner-up returned to winning ways, handling Scorpions SC in a 3-0 victory. Kacey Lawrence scored the first two goals for the home side, including a beautiful chip over the goalkeeper. Roma McLaughlin concluded the scoring with her first goal of the year to seal the win. 

Saturday, June 4 

CT Rush 6, Worcester Smiles 2

CT Rush tallied six first-half goals in a convincing victory over Worcester Smiles, claiming their first win of the 2022 season. Julia Carr and Kaylee Armenia found the back of the net twice, while Kyla Gallagher and Claire Mensi each contributed a goal as well. Worcester Smiles fought back admirably late in the game, as Mia Fusco scored twice — including a remarkable goal from distance. 

Penn-NY Division 

Friday, June 3 

Pittsburgh Hotspurs 2, FC Berlin 2

In yet another thrilling, high scoring  match, Pittsburgh Hotspurs played FC Berlin to a 2-2 draw on Friday. Tegan Morrison and Samantha Murphy tallied in the first half for FC Berlin, one-upping Morgan Kost’s goal for Pittsburgh Hotspurs and sending the visitors into the locker room ahead 2-1. Sarah Sinnott came in clutch for the home side, though, finding the back of the net in the 59th minute to level the scores for good. 

Saturday, June 4 

FC Berlin 2, Erie Commodores 2

At home this time, FC Berlin found itself with the exact same scoreline after 90 minutes, drawing Erie Commodores 2-2. Kayla Bevacqua put Erie Commodores ahead in the very first minute, and it took FC Berlin 55 minutes to respond. Tegan Morrison converted a penalty, then Gillian Rovers scored a header to hand FC Berlin the lead at the 72-minute mark. But there was one final twist, coming in the form of Kylee Cross’ 30-yard strike to level the scoreline. 

Sunday, June 5 

Rochester Lancers 2, FC Buffalo 0 

Rochester Lancers made an early-season statement on Sunday, defeating last season’s East Conference regular-season champs, FC Buffalo. Kelsey DeLola scored a penalty and finished nicely from close range in the second half to give Rochester Lancers all the scoring they’d need as they earned a clean sheet. 

South Conference 

Southeast Division 

Sunday, June 5 

Atlanta Fire 3, FC Birmingham 1

A second meeting between these two sides in as many weeks yielded the first win for Atlanta Fire at the UWS level. Atlanta Fire broke the ice in the third minute via Christina Marijanich, but Alicia Pallister responded for FC Birmingham to level the score heading into halftime. From there, the hosts took control. Anna Grady gave Atlanta Fire the lead in the 51st minute, and Ines Obvadovac provided some late insurance. 

Southwest Division 

Friday, June 3

WilCo FC 2, CTX Hornets 1 

There was drama in the opening game of the Southwest Division this weekend, with WilCo FC scoring two late goals to turn around a 1-0 deficit. Melany Peña put CTX Hornets ahead with her goal in the 14th minute, and for most of the game it seemed that would be good enough to earn the points. But Annika Engstrom equalized in the 78th minute, and Lucy Ortiz completed the stunning turnaround in the 81st minute to win the game for WilCo FC. 

Saturday, June 4 

SA Athenians 5, SA Runners 0 

SA Athenians took firm command of this inaugural game between two San Antonio clubs, running out 5-0 winners. Sierra Wannamaker collected a hat trick, Jessica Reinhardt posted two assists, while Jillian Martinez and Keeley Ayala also factored into the scoring. 

FC Austin 1, Luxoria FC 0 

FC Austin rode a dominant defensive performance to a clean sheet and a 1-0 win, maintaining its spot at the top of the Southwest Division with a third victory on the season. The hosts got the only goal they’d need from Ryann Hierholzer in the early goings of the second half, thanks to an assist by Libby Fish. 

West Conference 

Sunday, June 5 

Calgary Foothills 2, Los Angeles SC 1

Calgary Foothills began its season with a second win in a row, despite a gutsy effort by UWS rookies Los Angeles SC. Calgary Foothills scored first in the 52nd minute, when Brooklyn Blake converted a cross by Saorla Miller. Los Angeles SC quickly equalized on Sachiko Kaneko-Grun’s goal, but the parity didn’t last. Jayden Berg latched onto Sarah Kinzner’s through-ball and scored the winner in the 72nd minute. 

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