May 14, 2011

Zerboni Leads Flash Past Breakers

McCall Zerboni scored two goals and assisted on a third as the Western New York Flash remained unbeaten with a 3-2 victory over the Boston Breakers on Friday evening.

For the former UCLA Bruin, it was her first two WPS goals. Zerboni played for the Los Angeles Sol in 2009 and Atlanta Beat last year.

Both teams were playing without several starters because of national team duty. The Flash struck first on a goal by Brittany Bock in the 10th minute and Zerboni increased the lead to 2-0 in the 25th. Liz Bogus cut the lead in half before the intermission.

Zerboni scored her second of the night in the 69th minute. Kasey Moore finished the scoring, converting a penalty in the 80th minute. Despite several late chances, the Breakers were unable to break through for a draw.

Western New York continues to lead WPS with a 4-0-1 record, five points ahead of 2nd place magicJack. Boston slips to 2-4-0 at the one-third point in their season, barely maintaining hold of third place.

Boston returns home to face Philadelphia next Sunday. In a much anticipated match, Western New York hosts second place magicJack next Sunday.

magicJack Penalized Point by WPS

Per the weekly press release from WPS Communications, magicJack has been penalized a point in the standings "for repeated non-compliance with league standards."

According to the release:

"As an escalated penalty for continuing non-compliance with league standards in Week 5, magicJack has lost one (1) point in the 2011 WPS Standings and the team’s right to its third round draft pick in the 2012 WPS Draft.

As an escalated penalty for continuing non-compliance with league standards in Week 4, magicJack has lost the team’s right to its final (fourth) round draft pick in the 2012 WPS Draft."

magicJack's record remains at 3-0-0, but they will only have eight points, instead of nine.

For excellent in-depth coverage of the story, check out Jeff Kassouf's story at The Equalizer and Jenna Pel's coverage at All White Kit.