Washington, Boston reserve teams will face off for WPSL East Championship
Midge Purce picked up two assists but could have had a lot more.
Unlike last season in the W-League’s fiercely competitive Southeastern Conference, the Washington Spirit Reserves have seldom been challenged this year, with their toughest opponent being the Spirit Academy. That changed tonight when they faced the regional hosts the Penn Fusion. They came away with a 3-1 victory, but it was hard-fought.
Mikaela Howell of Monroe College and the DC United Women
How obscure was Mikaela Howell at the start of the season? Well, on opening night for the DC United Women, staffers couldn’t agree on how to spell her first name and had to go look at her college team’s website to figure it out. Since then, of course, just about everyone keeping track of the W-League has learned her name. Through mid-June she’d made Team of the Week every week that United played, culminating in being named Player of the Week on June 20 after scoring a hat trick the previous Saturday.
It shouldn’t have been all that unexpected. While playing last fall for Monroe College in New Rochelle, NY, Howell tore up the NJCAA Division III circuit, scoring 23 goals and 8 assists in 13 matches while taking them to the national championship game and being named an NJCAA All-American. And according to her coach there, Brett Polow, it’s not just her scoring. “This is a very special player. It’s not only her goals; it’s her maturity and the way she approaches every practice and every game. She’s been a leader since the day she stepped on the field.”
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(Story co-written by Kevin W. Parker and Jennifer Gordon.)