UWS Week 10: Preview

9 Jul 2021
United Women's Soccer UWS national pro-am league Brooke Barbuto Syracuse DA

Exciting weekend in store with conference races, playoff spots in balance 

Central Conference 

Saturday, July 10

FC Wichita vs Gretna Elite 

Start Time: 2:00 CDT

Venue: Stryker Sports Complex (Wichita, KS)

Match Details and Live Stream 

A massive, season-ending clash is set for Saturday in the Central Conference between Gretna Elite and FC Wichita. Gretna Elite can leap both FC Wichita and KC Courage into second place in the conference standings with three points here, while a draw is enough for FC Wichita to cement a second-place finish. 

East Conference 

Saturday, July 10

NJ Copa vs CT Rush

Start Time: 2:00 EDT

Venue: St. Joseph High School (Metuchen, NJ)

Match Details and Live Stream 

A hefty Saturday slate on the final full weekend of regular season play in the East begins with this bout between NJ Copa and CT Rush. NJ Copa currently occupies third place in the East and will need three points here to stay in a playoff spot with other sides holding games in hand. Connecticut Rush also has big playoff stakes in this game, sitting in the final playoff spot in fourth place. 

FC Buffalo vs Rochester Lancers 

Start Time: 4:00 EDT

Venue: Robert Rich Stadium (Buffalo, NY)

Match Details and Live Stream 

Two sides on opposite ends of the table meet here, with FC Buffalo fighting to hold off Scorpions SC and remain in first place in the East Conference. Rochester Lancers, meanwhile, will be fighting for pride. They have yet to get a result from nine games this season, and will look to grind one out here. 

Albany Rush vs Syracuse DA

Start Time: 7:00 EDT

Venue: Lansingburgh High School (Troy, NY)

Match Details and Live Stream 

Yet another crucial game in the East is scheduled for this weekend, with two clubs looking to finish the season in the playoff places doing battle here. Syracuse currently occupies second place, while Albany Rush can catapult into the top four places with three points here and some help elsewhere, so this game could have a massive impact on how the playoffs sort themselves out in the East. 

NE Mutiny vs Long Island Rough Riders 

Start Time: 7:00 EDT

Venue: Lusitano Stadium (Ludlow, MA)

Match Details and Live Stream 

NE Mutiny and Long Island Rough Riders meet here in a clash of two clubs who have seen their seasons somewhat derailed by draws. New England and Long Island have each drawn four matches so far this season, which is tied for the most throughout UWS, and is a big reason why these clubs don’t find themselves further up the standings as we approach playoff time. 

Worcester Smiles vs CT Fusion

Start Time: 7:00 EDT

Venue: Commerce Bank Field (Worcester, MA) 

Match Details and Live Stream 

CT Fusion enters this game with slim East Conference playoff hopes, needing to jump four teams to extend their season. They’ll hope to claim the three points they need against Worcester Smiles, who have lost eight games in a row and have the worst goal difference in UWS. 

Sunday, July 11 

Long Island Rough Riders vs LANC Inferno 

Start Time: 5:30 EDT

Venue: Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY)

Match Details and Live Stream 

Another side that has had its fair share of trouble settling for draws, LANC Inferno, meets Long Island Rough Riders to get the action going in the East Conference on Sunday. These are all must-win games for the Inferno, as it tries to claim one of the division’s playoff spots at the final time of asking. 

Scorpions SC vs Brooklyn City

Start Time: 7:00 EDT

Venue: Medway High School (Medway, MA)

Match Details and Live Stream 

Scorpions SC play an important game in their pursuit of the East Conference regular-season title, as they look to overtake FC Buffalo and Syracuse DA with a win here against Brooklyn City. Brooklyn City, meanwhile, will be out to write a positive conclusion to its first season in UWS. 

Midwest Conference North 

Saturday, July 10

Detroit City vs Lansing United 

Start Time: 7:30 EDT

Venue: Keyworth Stadium (Hamtramck, MI)

Match Details and Live Stream 

Detroit City enters this game against Lansing United hoping to secure a positive end to this regular season and bounce back from a 2-1 defeat to Midwest United last time out. Lansing United, meanwhile, will be hoping to build toward next season with another win, having bested Muskegon Risers in their last game. 

Sunday, July 11

Midwest United vs Muskegon Risers 

Start Time: 3:00 EDT

Venue: Midwest United FC Complex (Kentwood, MI)

Match Details and Live Stream 

With the Midwest Conference North Division title already well secured, Midwest United will be hoping to keep its positive momentum rolling and its unbeaten record intact as it moves toward the postseason. Muskegon Risers enter this game with their eyes on an upset, with just one win to show for eight games so far this year. 

Southwest Conference 

Friday, July 10

WilCo FC vs Side FC 92

Start Time: 7:30 CDT

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

Match Details and Live Stream 

WilCo has managed to creep toward the top half in the Southwest Conference with three wins in a row, and now finds itself just a point behind Side FC and FC Austin Elite, who are tied for third. An interesting subplot to this game for Side FC is Joan Nakirya’s race to become UWS’s top goalscorer. She currently sits one goal behind Lone Star Republic’s Kennedy Kessler. 

Saturday, Jule 11 

Alacranes vs Lone Star Republic 

Start Time: 7:30 CDT

Venue: Diamond Hill High School (Fort Worth, TX)

Match Details and Live Stream 

Lone Star Republic is attempting to secure a perfect regular-season record this weekend, with eight wins in eight games so far this season. Kennedy Kessler, the league’s top goalscorer, will be trying to fend off Side FC’s Joan Nakirya for that honor as well. Alacranes, meanwhile, will be out to secure a solid finish to their first season in UWS. 

FC Austin Elite vs SA Athenians 

Start Time: 7:30 CDT

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

Match Details and Live Stream 

SA Athenians enter this weekend as the only club in the Southwest who can disrupt Lone Star Republic’s march to the regular-season title, but they’ll need a win here and some help elsewhere to make that happen. FC Austin Elite, meanwhile, will be looking to secure a spot in the top four with WilCo FC now hot on their tail. 

CTX Hornets vs Batco FC 

Start Time: 7:45 CDT

Venue: Bob Shelton Stadium (Buda, TX)

Match Details and Live Stream 

The two bottom teams in the Southwest clash on this final full weekend of regular season play, and both will be out to secure a positive end to the season. CTX Hornets can jump out of last place with a win here, so there is plenty for both sides to play for. 

Sunday, July 11

WilCo FC vs Alacranes 

Start Time: 11:00 a.m. CDT

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

Match Details and Live Stream 

Another big game closes out the regular season slate for WilCo FC as it continues its pursuit of a top-half finish. Both of these sides will be playing their second games of the weekend here, so fatigue could be a factor late in the season. For Alacranes, it’s a chance to finish their season with a win. 

Lone Star Republic vs Side FC 92 

Start Time: 8:00 CDT

Venue: Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX)

Match Details and Live Stream 

Kennedy Kessler and Joan Nakirya meet here in a battle between UWS’s two top goalscorers, with Kessler entering the weekend on 11 goals and Nakirya close behind with 10. This is a crucial game for both clubs as well, with positioning in the Southwest still up for grabs heading into the final day. 

West Conference 

Sunday, July 11 

Calgary Foothills vs Impact FC 

Start Time: 2:00 MDT

Venue: Shouldice Athletic Park (Calgary, Alberta) 

Match Details and Live Stream 

The two Canadian-based teams in UWS meet once again this Sunday as both clubs play their second game of the season. Impact FC claimed a gritty 1-0 win when these two clubs opened their seasons last week, and Calgary Foothills will surely be out for revenge here.

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