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United Women’s Howell Named POW
Forward records hat-trick to earn weekly honor

W-League News Release

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

TAMPA, Fla. – The W-League announced its Team of the Week for Week 6 of the 2012 season today, honoring D.C. United Women forward Mikaela Howell as Player of the Week. Howell, who currently sits second in the league in goals (7) and points (19) and leads the league in assists (5), recorded her first W-League hat-trick in D.C. United’s victory against Northern Virginia.

A model of consistency, Howell has earned a spot on the W-League Team of the Week for five consecutive weeks. Also earning spots and receiving strong consideration for Player of the Week were Seattle Sounders Women midfielder Veronica Perez and North Jersey Valkyries forward Danielle Schulmann, who also recorded hat-tricks this past week. Rounding out the forwards is Vancouver’s Mele French, who found the net twice in her squad’s 3-1 victory against the LA Strikers.

Midfielder Kaila Sciascia of the Long Island Rough Riders scored perhaps the most important goal of the week, as her 64th-minute strike gave Long Island a 1-0 victory against the New Jersey Wildcats, vaulting the Rough Riders to the top of the Northeast Division. On defense, Seattle’s Stephanie Cox made her second consecutive TOW appearance after recording two assists in a shutout win, while Toronto’s Jade Kovacevic also had two assists that led to a 3-1 victory against Quebec City. In goal, Fredericksburg’s Melissa Pacheco got the nod after her 10 saves helped the Impact hold on for an important 0-0 tie on the road at Virginia Beach.

W-League Team of the Week

Melissa Pacheco
Recorded 10 saves in road shutout at Virginia Beach
Stephanie Cox
Recorded 2 assists and led D that held LA to 3 SOG in win
Jade Kovacevic
Her 2 assists led Toronto to 3-1 win vs. Quebec City
Bailey Powell
Led an Atlanta D that recorded its 5th shutout in 6 games
Kathyrn Acton
Defensive leader in 2-0 shutout vs. Rochester
Joelle Gosselin
Recorded a goal and an assist in 4-2 win vs. London
Veronica Perez
Recorded hat-trick in 4-0 win vs. LA
Kaila Sciascia
Long Island
Scored GWG in huge 1-0 victory vs. NJ Wildcats
Mele French
Scored twice as Vancouver earned 3-1 win vs. LA
Mikaela Howell
DC United
Recorded a hat-trick, game-high 5 SOG in win vs. NoVa
Danielle Schulmann
North Jersey
Tallied first hat-trick in club history vs. NJ Rangers







Honorable Mention:
Charlotte – Lee Page, Samantha Huecker; Colorado Rapids - Katrine Korsgaard; Colorado Rush - Megan McCain; Dayton – Emilie Fillion; Fredericksburg - Becca Wann; LA Strikers - Barbara Roberts, Amy Chapman; Laval - Nkemjika Ezurike Nathalie, Sarah Robbins; Long Island - Vaila Barsley, Grace Hawkins; North Jersey – Nickolette Driesse; Ottawa - Melissa Busque; Quebec City - Imen Trodi; Santa Clarita - Lara Luis, Holly Hein; Virginia Beach - Taylor Mertz; Rasheeda Ansari, Victoria Johnson; VSI Tampa - Cassie Barbaresi, Jordan Johnson;

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