Velaj, Saager Named To UWS Week VI Team Of The Week

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Furtuna Velaj (left) and Kayla Saager

With her team needing a victory to keep its postseason hopes alive, New York Surf Forward Furtuna Velaj notched a hat-trick in her team’s 6-0 win over Worcester Smiles.

Velaj’s three-goal performance landed her on the United Women’s Soccer Team of the Week for Week VI. On the season, she has five goals and an assist.

She was joined on the UWS weekly team by the Long Island Rough Riders forward Kayla Saager, who scored the game-tying goal late in Long Island’s 2-2 draw with the Connecticut Fusion. Saager received weekly honorable mention honors.

UWS Team of the Week (Week VI)

GK Caitie Broderick (Rochester Lancers) – Posted a seven-save effort for the East leaders against a surging New Jersey Copa FC side

D Brittany Champagne (New England Mutiny) – Strong performance in defense and assisted on the game-winner against Inferno Rush

D Jackie Mazzara (Detroit Sun FC) – Continued her consistent work in the back line in the win at Fort Wayne

D Natalie Jacobs (LA Galaxy OC Women) – Lockdown defender who consistently halted any Colorado Pride attack on the weekend

M Tiffany McCarty (LA Galaxy OC Women) – Named the Player of the Match in a dominant win over the Colorado Pride

M Marti Corby (Grand Rapids FC Women) – Controlled the midfield play to help lead GRFC to a pair of wins, also netting a goal

M Rehana Murani (Calgary Foothills Women’s FC) – Scored the game-winning goal over Real Salt Lake Women for her second tally of the season

M Chloe Castaneda (Santa Clarita Blue Heat) – Solid performance in the center of the pitch and scored the late game-winner over So Cal Crush

F Julie Gavorski (Houston Aces) – Powered home a hat trick in the victory over FC Austin Elite

F Aubrey Schierbeek (Lansing United) – Spearheaded the Lansing attack with a hat-trick in a convincing win over Indy Premier

F Furtuna Velaj (New York Surf) – Scored a hat trick against Worcester Smiles in a must-win game for New York

Honorable Mention

D Grace Stordy (Calgary Foothills Women’s FC) – Young phenom continues to impress, assisted on opening goal against Real Salt Lake Women

M Brooke Barbuto (Rochester Lady Lancers) – Netted her seventh goal of the season in a big win over New Jersey Copa FC

F Kayla Saagar (Long Island Rough Riders) – Scored a late goal to help erase a two-goal deficit at Connecticut

F Katarina Nilsson (New Jersey Copa FC) – Had a multi-goal performance in the win over the Western New York Flash