[D-2 PRO LEAGUE]The Montreal Impact, winner of the 2009 USL-1 title, took a 2-0 lead on a pair of goals by Toronto FC castoff Ali Gerba in its D-2 Pro League quarterfinal series with the Austin Aztex. In Wednesday's other game, Minnesota and Carolina played to a 0-0 tie.
Gerba, released by Toronto on the verge of the 2010 MLS season, scored in the 39th and 76th minutes on crosses from Philippe Billy and Rocco Placentino.
Oct. 6 in Montreal
Montreal 2 Austin 0.Goals: Gerba (Billy) 39, Gerba (Di Lorenzo) 76.
Montreal --Jordan, Billy, Aaboubou, Pizzolitto, Braz, Di Lorenzo, Testo (Le Gall, 25), Ribeiro (Placentino, 76), Donatelli (Leduc 89), Sebrango (Terminesi, 87), Gerba (Agourram, 84).
Austin --Gallardo, Sakuda, L.Griffin, Needham, Bernard (Brill, 46), L.Watson (Yoshitake, 77), J.Watson, Hemming, Olum, M.Griffin (Fuller 74), Johnson.
Oct. 6 in Blaine, Minn.
Minnesota 0 Carolina 0.
NSC Minnesota --Warren, Clements, Arango, Altman, Lorenz, Allen, Wasson (Hlavaty, 90), Takada, Rodriguez (Gotsmanov, 83), Bracalello (Tarley, 87), Del Do (Cvilikas, 87)
Carolina --Reed, McKenney, Rusin, Woolard, Low, Davidson (Lowery, 65), Gardner, Watson, Paladini (Franks, 74), Richardson (Barbara, 79), Heinemann (Russell, 83).