METUCHEN, NJ — United Women’s Soccer alumna Stephanie Labbé will apply her craft on the big stage on Friday, August 6, when she leads Team Canada into the Olympic Gold Medal Match against Sweden.
Labbé spent four seasons with New England Mutiny before joining the professional ranks. She also played one season with Calgary Foothills WFC in 2018.
Labbé has proved crucial for the Canadians during their Olympic run, starting four of their five matches during the tournament thus far.
She started between the sticks for Canada in both of its knockout games, keeping clean sheets against Brazil and the United States — the top-ranked side in the world according to FIFA.
The Gold Medal Game is slated for 8:00 a.m. EDT on Friday, and will air on the USA Network in the United States.
Another UWS alumna — Catarina Macario — will also be competing for a medal on Thursday.
Macario claimed MVP honors at the UWS National Championships in 2019, playing with LA Galaxy OC.
She will be part of the USWNT side taking on Australia at 4:00 a.m. EDT. That game will also air on the USA Network.
Additionally, UWS is pleased to announce that a handful of players have signed professional contracts.
Stay tuned for more news with more signings likely to be announced in the coming weeks.
Ena Sabanagic — Chicago KICS (M)
Sabanagic is headed to Iceland, where she has signed a deal with HK, which plays in Iceland’s Women’s Champions League. Sbaanagic scored three goals and added one assist in five matches with KICS this season.
Satara Murray — FC Austin Elite (D)
Murray, a Jamaica international, got a big move back to England after proving to be a force in the FC Austin Elite backline this season. She signed with Bristol City, who will play in the second tier next season.
Liz Harrington — FC Austin Elite (GK)
Harrington is bound for Puerto Rico, where she’ll play between the sticks for Puerto Rico Sol. Harrington made 34 saves in net for FC Austin Elite this year.
Melanie Cunha — NJ Copa FC (F)
Cunha has signed a professional contract with Lakatamia FC of the Cypriot First Division. She was among the most potent attacking players in UWS this season, with eight goals and two assists in eight games.
Taylor Beitz — Jacksonville FC (GK)
Beitz, who played with Jacksonville FC in UWS League Two last season, has signed a professional contract to play in France with Football Feminin Yzeure.