April 24, 2011

magicJack Opens with Win in Florida

The name and location may be new, but magicJack continued their home success with a 1-0 victory over the Boston Breakers in Boca Raton. It was two former Red Stars that led the way, with Ella Masar getting the goal and Jill Loyden earning the shutout.

magicJack showed early dominance in the match and it wasn't until the 27th minute, after Masar's goal, that the Breakers took their first shot. "They came out and took it to us," Breakers' coach Tony DiCicco said. "We kind of took over the game after (Masar's goal)."

Abby Wambach sent a pass across the box to Masar, who finished past Breakers' keeper Alyssa Naeher to give magicJack the early one goal lead, which stood up.

The narrow field, just 63 yards wide at FAU, gave the Breakers problems early on. "They play on a 63-yard-wide field, and they pressured us and were all over us," said DiCicco. "We just didn't handle it well. I think we were ready to play, but we had to play a more direct game. Once we got that organized, we were better. It was a learning experience for us."

For Loyden, it was her 9th career shutout. She posted two with Saint Louis in 2009 and six last year with the Chicago Red Stars.

magicJack hosts the Philadelphia Independence next Sunday. Boston, who dropped to 1-2, host Sky Blue next Sunday.