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The UCL, NWSL Matchday 11, UWS Matchday 2 and Shea Vanderbosch!

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Welcome back to another exciting edition of Goalside Gossip, your ultimate source for all things women's soccer!

What to expect on this week’s edition of Goalside Gossip:

  1. UCL - Barcelona defeat Lyon in the Champions League final

  2. NWSL - Pride set record for consecutive wins

  3. NWSL - Spirit earned their 4th win in 5 games

  4. UWS - Maine footy triumph and Flower City get the win

  5. UWS Player Spotlight - Shea Vanderbosch

We’re sad to see the Women’s Super League (WSL) come to a close. Miss our deep dive on the champions, Chelsea FC, last week? Check it out here!

As always, we have more in store with exclusive player interviews, tactical breakdowns, and a closer look at how teams are gearing up for upcoming matches. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this week's blend of Goals, Gossip, and Glory from the world of women's soccer. Whether you're a seasoned fan or new to the sport, there's something here for everyone as we celebrate the passion and skill of these incredible athletes.

UCL: Barcelona are Champions!

Barca seals quadruple with Champions League win

Barcelona secured their third UEFA Women's Champions League title with a 2-0 victory over Lyon, thanks to second-half goals from Aitana Bonmatí and Alexia Putellas. Despite Lyon's early pressure and opportunities, Barcelona dominated possession and ultimately broke through with Bonmatí's deflected effort in the 63rd minute, followed by Putellas' stunning finish in stoppage time. The victory marked a historic season for Barcelona, who claimed quadruple this season by winning the league, Spanish Cup, Spanish Super Cup, and now the Champion’s League.

Check out this video of Michelle Kang, owner of Lyon/Washington Spirit super nonchalantly trying to sign Alèxia Putellas after the game.


Pride set record for consecutive wins

The Orlando Pride set a new NWSL record with their eighth consecutive victory, defeating the Portland Thorns 2-1 at INTER&Co Stadium. Barbra Banda scored both goals for the Pride in the first half, bringing her season total to eight and tying her for the Golden Boot race. Despite a late goal from Portland's Izzy D’Aquila, the Pride's defense held firm, with goalkeeper Anna Moorhouse making three crucial saves. This win extends Orlando's unbeaten streak to 11 games, keeping them atop the league standings. Head Coach Seb Hines praised the team's effort but emphasized their focus on achieving bigger goals this season.

Spirit earned their 4th win in 5 games

The Seattle Reign continued their difficult season with a 3-2 loss to the Washington Spirit, marking another frustrating result for the team. Despite early goals from the Spirit, the Reign managed to find the net twice with Veronica Latsko and Emeri Adames scoring. However, defensive struggles and an inability to capitalize on chances plagued Seattle. Coach Laura Harvey emphasized the need for change, highlighting the team's poor defensive record. As they head into the FIFA international break, the Reign are determined to regroup and turn their season around.

NWSL Updated Table

United Women’s Soccer (UWS)

As the new official partner of the UWS, we will be covering some players, games and stories from the United Women’s Soccer League. We encourage everyone to go check out their website and find your favorite team.

The UWS Season officially began and the games are filled with action and excitement. on memorial day weekend, our favorite games from this past weekend were:

Flower City 1872 vs Erie Commodores FC (4-3)

Flower City just narrowly defeated the Erie Commodores with a brace from Chloe DeLyser and one goal a piece from Corynna Rotoli and Emma Herrmann. On the Erie side, Grace Emanuel had two and Ellie Mills had a goal and an assist but, but it ultimately wasn’t enough.

Maine Footy vs Worcester Fuel FC (6-0)

Main footy managed to slot six goals past Worcester with goals from plenty different players. Anna Rayhill scored two while Logan Nicholson, Anae Malbete and Jasmine Leshnick each netted one. Anae and Logan each got an assist as well.

Watch the UWS Matchday 2 kickoff show “UWS Weekly” HERE.

Player Spotlight: Shea Vanderbosch

Shea Rocking the Syracuse Gear

Shea Vanderbosch, a dynamic young goalkeeper from Buffalo, New York, is making waves in the world of soccer. Born in 2004, Shea currently plays for Syracuse and occasionally for FC Buffalo, showcasing her exceptional talent and determination. Her impressive list of achievements includes being named to the All-ACC Freshman Team, the 2023 ACC Preseason Watch List, and earning the title of Player of the Year twice, making history as the first goalkeeper to do so in New York. These accolades highlight her relentless pursuit of excellence and her impact on the field.

Shea's journey has been marked by resilience and adaptability, especially during the challenging recruitment process amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the obstacles, she conducted thorough research and ultimately chose Syracuse after a virtual tour, drawn to the coaches, program, and academic opportunities. Her ability to navigate these challenges with grace and determination is a strong testament to her character.

Last summer, Shea had her first experience in the UWS with FC Buffalo, where she thrived in a competitive environment, training alongside top players from around the world. Off the field, she enjoys hiking, working out, and spending time with family and friends. With endorsements from PB Fit and Built Bars, Shea's influence in the sport continues to grow.

Looking ahead, Shea aspires to play professionally and join a national team camp. Her journey, marked by hard work and passion, serves as an inspiration to young athletes everywhere. Keep an eye on Shea Vanderbosch as she continues to rise in the world of soccer, embodying perseverance and dedication every step of the way.

If you want to read the full article we wrote about Shea, click HERE.

Shot by Goalside Gossip:

Trinity Rodman Acting Like A Fan

Trinity Rodman with a electric celebration, cheering on her teammates Ouleymata Sarr and Croix Bethune.

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