Rochester Lady Lancers goalkeeper Caitie Broderick and New York Surf forward Furtuna Velaj were named to the United Women’s Soccer team of the week, it was announced Thursday.

In a week that had a number of excellent offensive performances, Houston Aces striker Julie Gavorski continued her excellent start to the 2018 season by netting a hat trick in victory over FC Austin Elite, giving her the UWS Offensive Player of the Week nod. 2016 US Under-20 Women’s World Cup team member Natalie Jacobs continues to excel in defense for LA Galaxy OC Women, earning UWS Defensive Player of the Week honors for her solid performance in a 4-0 victory over the Colorado Pride.

UWS team of the week (Week VI)

GK Caitie Broderick (Rochester Lady Lancers) – Posted a seven-save effort for the East leaders against a surging New Jersey Copa FC side

D Brittany Champagne (New England Mutiny) – Strong performance in defense and assisted on the game-winner against Inferno Rush

D Jackie Mazzara (Detroit Sun FC) – Continued her consistent work in the back line in the win at Fort Wayne

D Natalie Jacobs (LA Galaxy OC Women) – Lock down defender who consistently halted any Colorado Pride attack on the weekend*

M Tiffany McCarty (LA Galaxy OC Women) – Named the Player of the Match in a dominant win over the Colorado Pride

M Marti Corby (Grand Rapids FC Women) – Controlled the midfield play to help lead GRFC to a pair of wins, also netting a goal

M Rehana Murani (Calgary Foothills Women’s FC) – Scored the game-winning goal over Real Salt Lake Women for her second tally of the season

M Chloe Castaneda (Santa Clarita Blue Heat) – Solid performance in the center of the pitch and scored the late game-winner over So Cal Crush

F Julie Gavorski (Houston Aces) – Powered home a hat trick in the victory over FC Austin Elite

F Aubrey Schierbeek (Lansing United) – Spearheaded the Lansing attack with a hat trick in a convincing win over Indy Premier^

F Furtuna Velaj (New York Surf) – Scored a hat trick against Worcester Smiles in a must-win game for New York*

Honorable mention

D Grace Stordy (Calgary Foothills Women’s FC) – Young phenom continues to impress, assisted on opening goal against Real Salt Lake Women

M Brooke Barbuto (Rochester Lady Lancers) – Netted her seventh goal of the season in a big win over New Jersey Copa FC

F Kayla Saagar (Long Island Rough Riders) – Scored a late goal to help erase a two-goal deficit at Connecticut

F Katarina Nilsson (New Jersey Copa FC) – Had a multi-goal performance in the win over the Western New York Flash

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Natalie Jacobs (LA Galaxy OC Women)

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Julie Gavorski (Houston Aces)

* – indicates second appearance on the UWS Team of the Week
^ – indicates third appearances on the UWS Team of the Week