It was a bit of a no-brainer, but Florida State forward Maddie Pezzino, the most prolific goal scorer in New York State girls soccer history, has decided to return this summer to play for the Western New York Flash in their first season in United Women’s Soccer.
After potting 251 goals over her career with the Grand Island Vikings and leading the strike force for the Flash Academy the last two years, Pezzino has spent the last three months at Florida State University after graduating high school early, participating in the Seminoles’ spring season.
FSU wraps up its semester on May 6, which means Pezzino should be available for Western New York’s opener May 13 at the Long Island Rough Riders.
Amateur women’s soccer isn’t new for Pezzino, who spent two summers with the Empire Revs of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) in 2014-15 while she played for Empire United Soccer Club.
By participating in UWS, much like the WPSL and FC Buffalo of the NPSL on the men’s side, Pezzino retains full eligibility for college soccer.
WNY Flash home schedule (all matches at Niagara Field at Niagara University): The full United Women’s Soccer East Conference schedule can be found here.