The attention garnered by the United States Women’s National Team in the World Cup soccer tournament has shown a bright spot light on all women’s sports. A local beneficiary has been the FC Austin Elite of United Women’s Soccer (UWS).
The Austin Elite is a women’s soccer team founded in 2016 and has been a member of the UWS since 2018. The UWS was formed in 2015 with the mission of filling the developmental gap between the collegiate and the professional and international soccer game.
The Elite (3-3) played before their largest crowd on Saturday at Bold Stadium and defeated the San Antonio Athenian (3-3) in their last regular season game, 3-1. Austin is expected to advance to the Southwestern conference championship game against the Houston Aces (6-0).
A penalty by Austin’ Libby Fish while inside the box created San Antonio’s first scoring opportunity. Austin’s Liz Amanda Brown made the initial save on the penalty kick from Treena Ferguson, but Briana Woodall collected the rebound and scored in the 22ndminute of play.
Austin’s Christina Arteaga tied the game when she scored from outside the box in the 29thminute. Arteaga is a junior at Abilene Christian University and an alumnus of Hendrickson High School.
Arteaga scored again in the 60thminute as she beat her defender to a long ball over the top, and had the composure to take a single touch around the keeper for a tap-in. Austin led 2-1.
Emily Jorgen sealed the win for Austin in the 63rdminute with a score. Jorgen is a graduate of Trinity University.