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Rapids’ Gunther Named Player of the Week

Article Written by USL (United Soccer Leagues)
Published: May 31, 2013

TAMPA, Fla. – The W-League announced its Team of the Week, honoring Colorado Rapids Women midfielder Erin Gunther as Player of the Week after she led the Rapids to a 3-2 victory against their rival the Colorado Rush.

creighton women's college soccer player erin guntherErin Gunther

Gunther, a 2011 graduate of Creighton University and a three-year member of the Rapids, was a dominant force in the midfield in the back-and-forth match, playing a part in all three Rapids goals and scoring a highlight-reel goal of her own in the 3-2 victory. Gunther edged out New Jersey Wildcats forward Jessica Fuccello, who tallied two goals and an assist in a 4-2 win vs. North Jersey. Atlanta’s Rachel Garcia earned the other forward slot after her goal against VSI Tampa Bay.

Marissa Mykines of the Bay Area Breeze earned a midfield spot on the Team of the Week after scoring the historic first goal in team history as the Breeze defeated Santa Clarita 1-0 in their opener. Also in the midfield are VSI Tampa Bay’s Stacy Bishop, who scored a late equalizer at Atlanta, and Dayton’s Kelly DeNiro, who tallied the game-winner as the Dutch Lions knocked off Charlotte.

Carolina Elite’s Blakely Mattern leads the defense after scoring the game-winning goal against VSI Tampa Bay on Sunday, and she is joined by a trio that helped their teams to shutout victories – Laval’s Kathryn Acton, Ottawa’s Caylee Milne and Dayton’s Alexandra Warren.

Rounding out the team is New York Magic goalkeeper Charlotte McCormick, who made four saves as New York earned an impressive 2-0 victory against Northeastern Conference rival Long Island.

 

W-League Team of the Week

Pos

Player 

Team

Highlights

GK

Charlotte McCormick

New York

Recorded 4-save shutout vs. Long Island

D

Kathryn Acton

Laval

Led defense in shutout win and 1-1 draw

D

Blakely Mattern

Carolina Elite

Scored GWG vs. VSI Tampa in 83rd minute

D

Caylee Milne

Ottawa

Led Fury to shutout win vs. Quebec City

D

Alexandra Warren

Dayton

Anchored defense that shut out Charlotte

M

Stacy Bishop

VSI Tampa Bay

Scored late equalizer at Atlanta

M

Kelly DeNiro

Dayton

GWG in huge win vs. Charlotte

M

Erin Gunther

Rapids

Led Rapids in win vs. Rush, scored highlight-reel goal

M

Marissa Mykines

Bay Area

Scored only goal in first franchise win

F

Jessica Fuccello

New Jersey

2 goals, assist vs. North Jersey

F

Rachel Garcia

Atlanta

Goal, game-high 5 SOG vs. VSI Tampa Bay

 

Honorable MentionBay Area – Danielle Johnson, Brandi Vega; Carolina EliteRose Hull; Colorado Rush – Danica Evans; Dayton – Helena McCurdy; K-W United – Anne Houliston; Laval – Kylie Davis, Genevieve Richard, Sarah Robbins; London – Chantelle Campbell; New Jersey – Daija Griffin, Claudia Vazquez; New York – Lorena Maggio; Ottawa – Emily Gielnik, Jasmine Phillips; Toronto – Furtuna Velaj; VSI Tampa Bay – Karina Gutsche.

 
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