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February 16, 2011 - Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) News Release

Waza Win Pivotal Game in Overtime, Louisville on Verge of Elimination

2/16/11 - The Detroit Waza and Louisville Lightning played inspired playoff-intensity arena soccer last Saturday and it was the Waza who came out with a 10-9 overtime home victory to keep their playoff aspirations alive. The loss puts the Lightning on the verge of elimination. One more Louisville loss or a Tacoma win would eliminate the Lightning from postseason qualification.

Saturday's game was tied seven times and the Lightning led three times, including a 7-5 margin late in the third quarter. Adam Boyer was Louisville's sharpshooter with four goals. Brothers Dominic and Tino Scicluna scored two goals each including Dominic's sudden death game-winner.

Player of the Week

Costea Decu, Detroit Waza

Saturday's hero for Detroit was the 37 year old Count. Decu has been an unlikely hero for the Waza all season. Saturday's four goals and three assists give him a team-high 38 points. The previous franchise record was 29 points set by Fernando Gatica last year. Decu is the second Waza player to win the Player of the Week Award, following Vito Lonigro's recognition in Week 4.

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Ze Roberto or Zero Berto Redux?

Things were quite the opposite this week. Last week the Sockers were playing airtight defense and players were chiding defender Ze Roberto for not yet finding the back of the net this season. Against Tijuana the Sockers were victimized 10 times, but won the wild game 15-10. Sure enough Ze came through with not just his first of the year, but a three point night on two goals and an assist.

This is Not Just a Drill for Calgary

The Edmonton Drillers can clinch the CMISL Division with a win at home against Calgary on Saturday. Edmonton (6-2) is looking for their third CMISL title while Calgary (4-4) is looking to extend their reign another season.

North American Championship in Cincinnati

Four of the six teams have already qualified, including Cincinnati, San Diego, La Raza de Guadalajara, and PPM Sidekicks del Estado de Mexico. Those four teams all qualified last year as well. The CMISL winner will join them and it will be either Edmonton (2009) or Calgary (2010) who have both qualified in the past. The 6th seed, however, will go to a newcomer. Tacoma, Tijuana, Detroit, Louisville, Illinois, and Kitsap are still mathematically viable candidates to take the last spot. The games will take place March 10-12 at Cincinnati Gardens and a weekend pass for all five games is only $25.

US Open Arena Soccer Championship

The Cincinnati Kings advanced to the Final of the US Open where they will meet the San Diego Sockers in San Diego on March 19. After not facing each other last year, the game on the 19th could be the fourth meeting of the season for the Eastern and Western Division champions. They have split two games and could face each other in the final of the North American Championship if both teams advance that far.

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