Bigg, Kaminski to Play for USL W-League West Virginia Illusion

May 9, 2008

CINCINNATI -- University of Cincinnati junior women's soccer players Melissa Bigg (Limehouse, Ontario/Acton) and Andrea Kaminski (Noblesville, IN/Noblesville) will spend their summer playing with the West Virginia Illusion of the W-League, a member of the United Soccer Leagues (USL).

"This is a tremendous opportunity for Andrea and Melissa to play with some of the best players in the country," said UC head coach Michelle Salmon. "As we prepare for the fall season, these two will be an integral part of our team as we compete for a BIG EAST championship."

A 5-6 midfielder, Bigg played in all 18 matches for the Bearcats as a sophomore in 2007, scoring four goals and adding four assists for 12 points. She scored twice in a 4-1 win against Cleveland State and has accounted for four goals and six assists over her 36 career matches.

Kaminski, a 5-8 goalkeeper, has started all 36 matches of her career at UC. She has posted seven shutouts in two years and led the BIG EAST with 110 saves in 2007. Kaminski earned BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week along with a spot on the SoccerBuzz Magazine Elite Team of the Week on Oct. 22 after making 26 saves in a 1-0-1 BIG EAST weekend for the Bearcats.

The West Virginia Illusion is based in Morgantown and is the first elite women's soccer franchise in the history of the state of West Virginia. Members of the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division in 2008, the team is coached by Joe Dorini, Director of Coaching for West Virginia United Soccer Club and Director of Soccer Operations at PROPerformanceRx.



The USL W-League, USL's highest level of women's soccer in the US and Canada features a 41-team format in four conferences playing 12 or 14 regular season matches. The top women's players throughout the world compete in the USL W-League through the summer months. In addition to the league featuring international and former professional stars, elite collegiate players have the opportunity to also compete in the league while maintaining their collegiate eligibility. The league is recognized throughout the world for providing elite competition for women's players, while providing affordable family entertainment to many fans in each of the team locations.

The Illusion open the 2008 season on Saturday, May 10, hosting the Charlotte Lady Eagles at 5 p.m. at Duvall-Rosier Field. Visit for more information.