National Semifinal 2
Chicago Mustangs vs SA Athenians
Saturday, July 23
7 p.m. ET
Venue: Lusitano Stadium (Ludlow, Massachusetts)
Two UWS clubs with a winning pedigree will battle it out for the second spot in the UWS National Championship final, as Chicago Mustangs meet SA Athenians. Chicago Mustangs enter this game with the strongest goalscoring record in UWS, having potted 70 goals throughout 11 matches in the regular season and playoffs. SA Athenians are familiar with the national stage after they advanced to the UWS National Championship in 2021, and will hope to nullify the opposition attack with a back line that has kept seven clean sheets in 10 games this season.
Chicago Mustangs ran the playoff gauntlet to book their tickets to Lusitano Stadium, winning three elimination games, including an exciting 4-3 clash against fellow Central Conference standouts Corktown Hawks. They’ve yet to taste defeat this season, with one draw representing the only minor blemish on what has been a stellar season to this point. Chicago Mustangs also bring an international pedigree to Ludlow, with a handful of players who have represented their nations at the youth levels. One of those players is UWS leading scorer Nina Nicosia, who has an outstanding record of 12 goals and 10 assists this season.
SA Athenians arrive in Ludlow after an outstanding regular season in the Southwest Division, emerging victorious in seven of their 10 games with only a single defeat. The San Antonio-based club fields a roster that defies borders, mixing a handful of key players from overseas with a foundation of homegrown talent. SA Athenians will be looking to use last year’s postseason experience as a platform this time around. Sierra Wannamaker leads the way with six goals on the season, followed closely by Keeley Ayala’s tally of five.