Brown & Cafferky selected to First Team; Howarth on Second Team
United Women’s Soccer (UWS) announced the 2017 All-East Conference Team on Thursday and three players from the New England Mutiny were honored by the league office. Midfielder Brenna Brown, defender Jennifer Cafferky and forward Kate Howarth were selected to the All-Conference Team with Brown & Cafferky earning First Team plaudits while Howarth was named to the Second Team. New England (7-3) finished in third place in the conference race and were one win away from earning a spot in the 2017 East Final which determined the representative in the four-team UWS National Championship, which was eventually won by the Grand Rapids FC Women.
“Congratulations to Brenna, Jen and Kate,” said New England Mutiny owner Joe Ferrara, Jr. “All three players tied together are defense, midfield and offense this season and are well-deserving of this honor.”
This was Brown’s first season with the Mutiny after the conclusion of her four-year stint at Fairfield University and she made an immediate impact. Brenna appeared in all 10 games (801 minutes played) and her hard work on the flank - both in defense and offense - was a key to the team’s success, opening up opportunities for other players to flourish. She was recognized as a two-time UWS Team of the Week selection, notching three goals and an assist this season which included two goals in New England’s 4-0 win over the Western New York Flash in the regular season finale. The 2016 All-MAAC Second Team selection ended her Fairfield Stags career with 41 points (18 goals, five assists).
This was Cafferky’s second season in a Mutiny uniform and also her second straight selection to the All-East Conference Team. Jen appeared in nine games this season and was third on the team in minutes played (729) behind Brown and Howarth. The former Swedish youth international proved once again to be one of the most dominant center backs in the conference, as New England posted five shutouts in the eight games she started. She was named to the UWS Team of the Week after notching an assist in a 2-0 win over the New York Surf in Week VII action. Cafferky collected her third consecutive NEC Defensive Player of the Year honor last fall after anchoring a CCSU Blue Devils’ defense that was first in the league in goals allowed.
This was Howarth’s fifth season in a Mutiny uniform and would turn out to be a record-breaking one. Over her tenure, Kate has evolved from an enigmatic presence in attack to a stalwart for the team on & off the pitch as team captain. Her hat-trick performance in a win over the New York Magic on July 2nd put her on top of the team’s all-time scoring chart. Howarth surpassed former New England star Mary-Frances Monroe (36g-21a-93pts) and finished the season with 10 goals and an assist (42g-13a-97pts). In the UWS scoring race, Kate was tied for third in goals scored (10) and finished fifth in points scored (21). She was named to the UWS Team of the Week on three occasions.
For the entire roll call of the 2017 All-East Conference Team, click HERE.