Monday, July 15, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. – The W-20 regular season came to a close this past weekend as teams from throughout North America were scrambling for the remaining points. The Toronto Lady Lynx notched a pair of weekend wins, while the FC Stars of Massachusetts emerged victorious against regional rivals.
FC Stars of Massachusetts
Balboni headed home the first goal for FC Stars against Western United Pioneers in a match that took place Wednesday. FC Stars went on to control the second half to complete the victory. Balboni, Ashley Horrigan - a senior at East Longmeadow High School - and Merissia Phipps from American International College all turned in quality performances for FC Stars.
Balboni dominated as center back, eliminating any offensive threat that Western United engineered and linking play between defense and attack.
“Alyssa dominated the back line for us. She controlled the pace of the game by winning 50-50 balls and she found our midfielders and forwards feet with accurate distribution,” FC Stars Head Coach Meghan Lavner said.
Balboni is preparing for her sophomore season as a starting holding midfielder for Southern New Hampshire University after helping the win their conference.
Taylor MacIver & Tijana Radman
Toronto Lady Lynx
The Toronto Lady Lynx finished their season with a home series sweep against the Dayton Dutch Lions at Centennial Stadium in Toronto. The first match, played in sweltering heat on July 5, finished with a 5-1 score. Toronto also emerged victorious in the rematch, 3-0. MacIver registered a player-of-the-match performance in the first win, and Redman stood out in the 3-0 game.
MacIver started off the 5-1 win in style by beating the goalkeeper to a ball in the air and heading it into the net to open the scoring after four minutes of play. MacIver then added to the score line with an unstoppable long-distance drive to the top corner just before halftime.
“Taylor has been a dominant force at the W-20 level all year. She has played so well that she has been called up to start a number of our W League games,” Lynx Academy Technical Director Ian MacIver said.
“Taylor is unmistakable on the field. She plays with a rare passion and intensity, and has a bright future ahead of her as she has only been playing soccer for six years. She continually pushes herself to get better.
Sunday’s match was played at a much slower pace. The Lynx’s first goal came late in the first half, through substitute Radman.
Radman came off the bench and immediately added the energy and pace that her tired Toronto team needed to make the breakthrough. Her hard work on the right flank paid off and she was able to score off a corner.
“Tijana has been a pleasure to coach over the last couple of years. She’s always in a great mood at training, and is positive toward her teammates,” MacIver said.
“She is embarking on her college career shortly, and she will without a doubt add some quality to her school’s team.”