Three Rough Riders On UWS Team Of The Week

Rough Riders, UWS
From left: Kayla Saager, Kimberly Marra, Morgan Santoro.

The final weekend of the regular season in United Women’s Soccer (UWS) witnessed one of the lighter schedules of the 2017 campaign, yet, there were the Midwest Conference playoffs and the second spot in the East Conference Final to rely on for dramatic effect.

Grand Rapids FC won the Midwest Final in a dramatic contest against Detroit while Long Island was victorious in both of their weekend games against New York Magic and Lancaster Inferno to grab the second spot in today’s East Final vs. regular season conference champion New Jersey.

Houston completed their 2017 slate in strong fashion at home, pushing West Conference champion Santa Clarita in a 4-3 loss while defeating So Cal Crush FC to finish the season with a win.

  • F STEPHANIE GARCIA (Houston Aces) – hat trick in 18-minute span in win over So Cal Crush FC
  • F DEVYN BROUGH (Detroit Sun FC) – game-winner vs. Michigan in Midwest Semifinal
  • F KAYLA SAAGER (Long Island Rough Riders) * – hat trick in Friday’s win over New York Magic
  • MF TATIANA ARIZA (Houston Aces) # – two goals, assist in two games over weekend
  • MF MORGAN SANTORO (Long Island Rough Riders) # – 2 goals in 2 games, GWG vs. Lancaster as second half sub
  • MF CHLOE CASTANEDA (Santa Clarita Blue Heat) – 2 goals in 4-3 win at Houston
  • MF MEGAN MCCASHLAND (Houston Aces) – 2 goals in regular season finale victory
  • D MICHAELA KOVACS (GRFC Women) * – game-winning header in 22nd minute of Midwest Final
  • D KIMBERLY MARRA (Long Island Rough Riders) # – 3 goals in 2 games, 2 second half goals vs. Lancaster
  • D NATALIE KUIKKA (Santa Clarita Blue Heat) $ – game-winning goal vs. Houston in 77th minute
  • GK REILLEY OTT (GRFC Women) * – 8 saves, shutout in Midwest Final win over Detroit

* 2nd appearance on UWS Team Of The Week
# 3rd appearance on UWS Team Of The Week
$ 4th appearance on UWS Team Of The Week