Soccer News: Danica Evans Named Player of the Week
The W-League announced its Team of the Week for Week 2 of the 2015 regular season, naming Colorado Rush forward Danica Evans as Player of the Week. Evans, the 2014 W-League Golden Boot winner, picked up where she left off with three goals – including the game-winner at Santa Clarita – as the Rush started the season with a pair of road wins.
Evans is joined on the Team of the Week by a pair of teammates – goalkeeper Cassie Miller and defender Kirsten Crowley. Miller made 15 saves in the two wins, while her Florida State teammate Crowley anchored the Colorado defense and added a goal against Arizona.
The Western Conference also produced the other forward selections in Week 2, as the Colorado Pride’s Tara Andrews and 2014 W-League MVP Mele French of the Seattle Sounders Women both tallied two goals and an assist in wins.
Pride defender Sophie Howard earned selection after leading her team to a shutout win at the Colorado Storm to open the season, and she is joined on the back line by Arielle Roy-Petitclerc of the Quebec Dynamo ARSQ, who scored an important goal in a 3-1 win against the rival Laval Comets.
The Team of the Week midfield is anchored by Jen Andresen of North Jersey, who scored twice as the Valkyries opened the season with a win for the first time, knocking off the Wildcats 3-2. She is joined by Dayton’s Michele Christy, who scored the only goal as the Dutch Lions moved to 3-0-0 with a 1-0 win against Carolina Elite, and New Jersey’s Caitlin Conway, who scored the goal in the win against New York.
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W-League Team of the Week
|GK||Cassie Miller||Colorado Rush||Made 15 saves in pair of wins on road|
|D||Kirsten Crowley||Colorado Rush||Played all 180, scored goal as Rush swept 2-game trip|
|D||Sophie Howard||Colorado Pride||Marshalled defense in shutout win to open season|
|D||Arielle Roy-Petitclerc||Quebec Dynamo ARSQ||Anchored defense, scored goal in 3-1 win vs. Laval|
|D||Delaney Savacool||New Jersey Wildcats||Led Wildcats defense in shutout win at NY|
|M||Jen Andresen||North Jersey Valkyries||Scored twice, defended well in 3-2 win vs. Wildcats|
|M||Michele Christy||Dayton Dutch Lions||Scored GWG, anchored MF in shutout win at Carolina|
|M||Caitlin Conway||New Jersey Wildcats||Scored game’s only goal in 1-0 win at New York|
|F||Tara Andrews||Colorado Pride||Scored twice, added assist in 6-0 win vs. Storm|
|F||Danica Evans||Colorado Rush||2G in win at Arizona, added GWG at Santa Clarita|
|F||Mele French||Sounders Women||Scored 2 goals, added assist in opening win|
Honorable Mention – Atlanta – Lauren Gorodetsky, Antionette Payne; Carolina Elite – Stephanie Devita; Savannah McCaskill; Colorado Pride – Katy Oehring; Colorado Rush – Celeste Boureille; Dayton – Vanessa Gilles; Laval – Valerie Sanderson; New Jersey – Catherine Chukuka, Jessica Fuccello, Jessica Weeder; New York – Serina Kashimoto; North Jersey – Danielle Schulmann; Quebec – Joelle Gosselin, Gabriele Lapointe; Santa Clarita – Melissa Fernandez, Chloe McDaniel; Seattle – Ashley Clark, Cali Farquharson, Alexandra Jackstadt, Morgan Reuther.