New Yorks Pfaff Named Player of the Week

Tallied game-winner and assist in upset at Washington

 W-League News Release

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


TAMPA, Fla. – The W-League announced its Team of the Week for the first week of the 2013 season today, honoring New York Magic – F.A. Euro forward Brittany Pfaff as Player of the Week after she led the Magic to an upset win on the road against 2012 conference champions the Washington Spirit Reserves.

Pfaff, preparing for her senior season at Siena, started the Magic comeback when she set up fellow Team of the Week selection Lorena Maggio for the tying goal in the 75th minute at the Maryland Soccerplex. Pfaff then finished the upset with an 86th-minute goal to capture the three points.

Magic defender Kelsey Hegg was also chosen after leading the defense in the win during a light opening weekend of W-League action. Joining her on the backline are Nataly Arias of the Atlanta Silverbacks, who anchored the defense in a 2-0 win at Carolina Elite, and Virginia Beach’s Jessica Kalongi, who recorded a pair of shots in a 2-1 victory against the Fredericksburg Impact.

Joining Maggio in the midfield are Fredericksburg’s Kara Blosser, who scored the opening goal in the loss against Virginia Beach, and Washington’s Hayley Siegel, who was strong in a losing performance vs. New York. Atlanta’s Carolyn Campbell got the nod in goal as she made eight saves to notch the shutout at Carolina.

Rounding out the forwards are Virginia Beach’s Shan Jones, who scored the game-winner vs. Fredericksburg, and Atlanta’s Cherie Sayon, who tallied both of her team’s goals to take the early scoring lead.

The W-League ramps up this weekend with 11 of 25 teams in action in a seven-game slate. Teams playing their 2013 W-League openers include 2012 finalists the Pali Blues (Saturday vs. LA Strikers) and the Long Island Rough Riders, who play host to the Fredericksburg Impact on Saturday.

W-League Team of the Week

Pos Player Team Highlights
GK Carolyn Campbell Atlanta Made 8 saves in shutout win vs. Carolina
D Nataly Arias Atlanta Led defense in shutout win
D Kelsey Hegg NY Magic Led defense in win at Washington
D Jessica Kalongi Virg. Beach Anchored D, 2 SOG in 2-1 win
MF Kara Blosser Fredericksburg Scored opening goal, led MF in 2-1 loss
MF Lorena Maggio NY Magic 2nd-half sub scored tying goal at Wash.
MF Hayley Siegel Washington Led Washington MF, linking D with attack
F Rachel Garcia Atlanta Scored both in 2-0 Atlanta win
F Shan Jones Virg. Beach Scored GWG in 2-1 win vs. Fredericksburg
F Brittany Pfaff NY Magic GWG, assist in 2-1 win at Washington
F Cherie Sayon Atlanta Tallied both assists in 2-0 win


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