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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






Charlotte McCormick

New York

Recorded 4-save shutout vs. Long Island


Kathryn Acton


Led defense in shutout win and 1-1 draw


Blakely Mattern

Carolina Elite

Scored GWG vs. VSI Tampa in 83rd minute


Caylee Milne


Led Fury to shutout win vs. Quebec City


Alexandra Warren


Anchored defense that shut out Charlotte


Stacy Bishop

VSI Tampa Bay

Scored late equalizer at Atlanta


Kelly DeNiro


GWG in huge win vs. Charlotte


Erin Gunther


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


Marissa Mykines

Bay Area

Scored only goal in first franchise win


Jessica Fuccello

New Jersey

2 goals, assist vs. North Jersey


Rachel Garcia


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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