SYL Clutch Performances of Week 16
SCC Breakers (CA) and City Islanders (PA) earn honors
TAMPA, FL – United Soccer Leagues announced Tuesday the Week 11 Teams of the Week, honoring Montreal’s Ali Gerba, Western Mass’ Bryan O’Quinn, Indiana’s Alberto
Villareal and Arizona’s Mallory Miller as the Players of the Week. The U16 SCC Breakers Girls and U19 City Islanders Academy Boys were honored as the Super Y-League Team Clutch Performances of the Week.
Impact forward Ali Gerba led his squad to a 3-1 win over the visiting Seattle Sounders, notching two goals in the first half, including the eventual game-winner.
Just prior to the match, Gerba was called back from Canadian National Team duty to replace an injured Eduardo Sebrango. He was acquired in a trade with the Toronto Lynx on May 19th and is now the Impact’s leading scorer with seven goals (five with Montreal).
Against the Sounders, Gerba opened the scoring in the seventh minute when his shot deflected off a Seattle defender and into the back of the net. After Seattle tied the game four minutes later, Gerba scored again in the closing moments of the half when his 25-yard free kick eluded Sounders ‘keeper Preston Burpo.
Prior to this season Gerba had racked up 28 goals and nine assists over four years in the USL First Division. Besides his stint with the Lynx, he has also played for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.
Pioneers goalkeeper Bryan O’Quinn earned his second straight shutout and his fifth of the season in a 1-0 win over the Long Island Rough Riders on Saturday night. The victory propelled Western Mass to the top of the USL Second Division standings, three points ahead of the Charlotte Eagles.
Against the Rough Riders, the fourth-year veteran faced nine shots and was forced to make six saves to preserve the clean sheet. O’Quinn has been in the nets for the Pioneers since 2002, seeing time in over 30 games during that time span.
Indiana Invaders substitute forward and PDL Player of the Week Alberto Villareal ended the Chicago Fire Premier’s 35-game regular season unbeaten streak (32-0-3) Saturday in a dramatic 3-2 overtime affair.
A 15th minute goal gave Chicago the early lead and it appeared the streak would continue when Villareal struck the stunning equalizer in the 89th minute to force extra time.
Leo Peirano put the team up five minutes into the first overtime period only to be sent off for receiving his second caution during the celebration. The man advantage quickly paid off for the visiting Chicago side as Dave Leung leveled the match two minutes later.
Headed for another draw Villareal proved heroic again in the final moments, finding the back of the net in the 109th minute to give Indiana the monumental win. It was his fifth goal of the campaign.
The Arizona Heatwave swept their Colorado road trip for the first time in the team’s five-year history with W-League Player of the Week Mallory Miller contributing in each of the three victories for a total of four goals on the week.
Miller opened the week with the game-winner in a 4-1 win over the Fort Collins Force Thursday.
She opened the scoring Friday night against Mile High in the 28th minute and provided another go-ahead goal in the second half only to see Katie Antongiovanni send it to overtime, where Julie Williford provided the 3-2 winner in the 98th.
Miller finished the trip Sunday with another game-winner, scoring in the 64th minute of a 2-1 decision over the Denver Lady Cougars The goal was her eighth of the season, ranking sixth in the league. She also has three assists, giving her 19 points, which ranks seventh. She had just two goals and two assists in 13 games last season.
The U16 Girls SCC Breakers edged the first-place Santa Rosa United to pull even with them atop the table at 6-2-0 on the season Thursday. Mayra Cruz-Marin and Jeannine Schumacher scored in the win.
The U19 City Islanders Academy Boys created a three-way tie for first in their division with a 1-0 overtime victory over the South Jersey Barons on a goal from Chris Sattazahn in the 98th minute and a shutout performance from William Trimble. They are tied with Reston FC and DC United in the Mid Atlantic Division.