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« on: April 28, 2009, 01:21:48 PM »
Fury Women to Have Kiwi Flavour

23rd April 2009 - Ottawa, Ontario

New Zealand Internationals Percival and Hearn Bolster W-League Roster 

The Ottawa Fury are pleased to announced that New Zealand Internationals Ria Percival and Amber Hearn will be joining the Fury for the 10th Anniversary season.The Ottawa Fury have often found tremendous success when dipping into the International talent pool and are confident that they will once against find success with these additions.

Both Percival and Hearn have experience on the International stage - most recently representing New Zealand at the Cyprus Cup. “It is always tremendous to add players with International experience to any team’s roster,” said Fury W-League Assistant Coach Dom Oliveri. “We are extremely excited to have players of their caliber added to our roster and we are looking for them to make an immediate impact on our squad.”

Ria Percival, 19, is a tenacious defender that split her 2008 season between FC Indiana of the W-League and Auckand’s Lynn Avon United while also representing New Zealand at the 2008 Summer Olympics games and the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. Percival made her International debut with the Football Ferns in 2006 and went on to represent New Zealand at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Amber Hearn, 24, is an experienced striker who returned to her home town-club, Lynn Avon AFC, to play in 2008 after spending time with Arsenal and Doncaster in England. As a teenager in 2004, Hearn joined Arsenal who captured both the FA Women’s Premier League and League Cup and reached the semifinals of the UEFA Women’s Champions League. Hearn represented New Zealand in the 2008 Summer Olympic games, starting in each of their group games where she scored on a penalty in a 2-2 draw with Japan. She has also represented New Zealand at the U-17 and U-20 level.

With Hearn and Percival having played together at both the International level and the Club level (with Lynn-Avon) the Fury hope that this dynamic Kiwi-duo will play a crucial role in helping the Fury in their quest for a W-League championship having been finalists in 2005 and 2006

http://www.ottawafury.com/fullstory.php?id=1162

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Re: Ottawa Fury
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2009, 11:28:34 AM »
Fury Grads Homeward Bound

Ottawa, Ontario
28th April 2009

Ottawa natives Pacheco and Phillips to don Fury colours 

The Ottawa Fury are pleased to announce that former Fury graduates and Ottawa natives Gina Pacheco and Jasmine Phillips will be donning Fury colours for the Fury Women’s 10th Anniversary season. Pacheco returns to the Fury after appearing in 5 games with the W-League last season before heading to the University of South Florida to begin training with the Bulls while Phillips comes to the Fury after completing a successful and record-setting career with the University of Maine Black Bears.

In her rookie year Gina started in 17 games for the USF Bulls recording 2 goals and 1 assist. Gina joined the Ottawa Fury at the U15 level and continued through the club’s Youth program. She captained her U16 and U17 teams to back-to-back New England Division Championships in the SYL in 2006 and 2007, earning MVP honours in both seasons. Pacheco has also been selected to the SYL All-League Team (2006 & 2007) and the SYL Olympic Development Select Team in 2007. In 2007, Gina also became one of the youngest players ever to make the roster and play for the Ottawa Fury W-League team. “Gina is a very exciting footballer to watch and can make things happen from nothing,” commented Ottawa Fury W-League Head Coach Craig Smith. “I am really looking forward to working with her again.”

Jasmine Phillips is a perfect example of how the Fury hoped their Youth Program would work – after graduating from the program Phillips was awarded a scholarship to the University of Maine where she has since spent five impressive seasons. Over her five-year career in the NCAA, Phillips has amassed a record of 34-19-12 posting 35 shutouts and a GAA of 0.52. In the summer of 2007 and 2008, Phillips donned the keeper’s jersey for the W-League’s Boston Renegades. After a stellar first season with the Renegades in 2007, Phillips missed most of the 2008 W-League campaign due to injury, which seemingly has had no ill effects as she anchored a young developing defence for the U of M Black Bears in the fall posting a 6-6-6 record and 8 shutouts.

http://www.ottawafury.com/fullstory.php?id=1169

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Re: Ottawa Fury
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2009, 11:33:23 AM »
Six Girls, Three Schools, 1 Goal

Ottawa, Ontario
6th May 2009

Fury Returnees Have One Goal in Mind 

The Ottawa Fury are proud to announce the return of 6 crucial members of the 2008 W-League squad.  Re-joining the Fury for their 10th Anniversary season will be three pairs of players from top soccer schools in the United States - Rachael Axon and  Courtney Wetzel from Oregon State University, Jennifer Hance and Danielle Johnson from the University of Mississippi, and Anna Caniglia and Sari Raber from the University of Nebraska. These six players will look to replicate their success from last season in their quest for the W-League crown.

“We are delighted to have such quality players returning this season,” commented Ottawa Fury W-League Head Coach Craig Smith. “These girls are all a pleasure to work with and their experience will be very helpful,” Smith noted as his 2009 roster will have some younger players.

Axon and Wetzel, who enjoyed great collegiate campaigns in 2008/2009 with the Oregon State Beavers, will look to continue their good form through to the upcoming W-League season. Axon appeared in 19 games for OSU this past year adding two goals and an assist, while Wetzel was also a regular for the Beavers making 19 appearances with a goal and three assists. 2009 will be Axon’s third year with the Fury W-League squad, having established herself as a smooth passer and creative force in the midfield over the course of the past two seasons. Wetzel will hope to build on her successful inaugural season with the Fury which saw her snatch two goals and an assist in 10 appearances.

The Fury boasted one of the stingiest defences in the entire W-League in 2008 allowing only seven goals in fourteen games. A crucial piece to this success was defensive stalwart Danielle Johnson from the University of Mississippi. Playing in nearly every game in 2008, Johnson locked down the opposition with great intensity on the field while adding a goal on the offensive end. Joining her from Ole Miss will be the Fury’s 2008 captain Jennifer Hance. Hance is an integral part of the Fury side with her strength in the air, vision on the field and soft goal-scoring touch. 2008 saw Hance rack up the second-most minutes on the team while adding five goals and two assists from midfield.

The Fury will again have one of the W-League’s best two-way defenders in Anna Caniglia from the University of Nebraska. Comfortable shutting down the opposition, but also bringing the ball forward, Caniglia enjoyed a great first year with the Fury in 2008 with two goals and two assists while starting 13 games. Fellow Nebraska graduate and Canadian National Team participant Sari Raber will return for her second year with the Fury after a 2008 campaign that saw the midfielder make 14 appearances and frustrate opposition midfielders and defenders with her tireless runs.

These six returning core players will undoubtedly help W-League head coach Craig Smith build on 2008’s impressive record (14-2-0) which saw them win the Northern Division for the fifth consecutive season only to fall in the Central Conference Final to FC Indiana. They Fury, losing finalists in 2005 and 2006, will once again have one goal in mind - win the North American W-League Title.

http://www.ottawafury.com/fullstory.php?id=1176

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Re: Ottawa Fury
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2009, 12:46:58 AM »
Fury Women Open Season with 3-1 win in London

London, Ontario
30th May 2009

Goals from Evans, Hearn and Raber give Ottawa win  
 
The Ottawa Fury W-League team began their 2009 season with a 3-1 win over the London Gryphons (0-0-2) this afternoon at North London Stadium in London, Ontario. Goals from Michelle Evans, Amber Hearn and Sari Raber gave Ottawa the three points after London had taken the lead on a goal by Melissa Smith.

Both teams battled for control in the early stages, but it was the Fury that held a majority of the possession and began to create some early chances. Katie Bethke and Gina Pacheco featured prominently early on but it was the Gryphons who would take the lead in the 23rd minute. After some uncharacteristic "early season" defending by the Fury defence, Melissa Smith placed her shot from close range past Fury keeper Jasmine Phillips.
 
The Fury continued to hold the majority of possession and impressed with some fine passing movements. The Gryphons held off the Fury at the back and Smith and Devon Beech gave the Fury back line some scares whenever the Gryphons pushed forward. It was not until just before half time (in the 44th minute) before the Fury equalized when a clever interchange between Katie Bethke and Gina Pacheco resulted in Bethke crossing for Michelle Evans to volley home from close range.
 
The Fury raised their passing game in the second half and began to stretch the Gryphons defence. Once again however they failed to capitalize on their possession. Gryphons keeper Jeny Wolbert kept the Fury at bay as chances fell to Pacheco, Jennifer Hance and Hearn for the Fury. At the other end, it took a fine save by keeper Phillips to keep Ottawa on level terms after the Gryphnos almost scored on a breakaway.

This close miss seemed to spur the Fury further forward and they began to place sustained pressure on the London defence. With both Ria Percival and Katie Bethke joining the attack on the flanks, a goal became ever more likely. The go ahead goal arrived in the 74th minute when Hearn met a free kick from Evans with a glancing header. It was all Fury at this point and in the 82nd minute Evans turned her defender in the penalty box and placed a cross shot against the far post where Sari Raber slotted in the rebound to give the Fury a two goal lead. The Fury played possession soccer for the remainder of the game but there was still time for substitute and former Fury youth player Julia Hajjar to almost score on her senior team debut. The Fury outshot the Gryphons 25 to 7.
 
The Fury Women (1-0-0) now head to Hamilton (0-0-0) where they will face the Avalanche tomorrow afternoon at 3 PM at Ivor Wynne Stadium

http://www.ottawafury.com/fullstory.php?id=1202

Ottawa Fury:  Jasmine Phillips; Katie Bethke, Anna Caniglia (Julia Hajjar 87), Danielle Johnson; Jennifer Hance, Amber Hearn (Anne Houliston 87), Ria Percival, Sari Raber (Kellie-Anne Leyland 85), Tina Romagnuolo (Nathalie Urbas 80); Michelle Evans, Gina Pacheco.

Goals:  Evans (44)
           Hearn (74)
           Raber (82)
 

 
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Re: Ottawa Fury
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2009, 12:52:26 AM »
Fury Crush Avalanche to Open with 2-0-0 Record

Hamilton, Ontario
31st May 2009

The Ottawa Fury defeated the Hamilton Avalanche by a 5 - 0 score this afternoon in W-League action at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton. Jennifer Hance, Amber Hearn, Michelle Evans and a late brace from Sari Raber grabbed the goals for the Fury.

The game was played in a strong difficult wind. The Fury had the wind at their backs in the first half and pinned the Avalanche in their own end for long periods. Despite dominating possession, the Fury created few clear cut chances and had to wait until the 45th minute to break down a packed and resolute Avalanche defence. Jennifer Hance unleashed a fierce shot which rocketed past Avs keeper Amy Holt to give the Fury a 1-0 lead at half time.

After the break, the Fury took control with their quick passing game despite playing against the wind. In the 63rd minute, Hance met a corner with a header which was saved on the goal line only for Amber Hearn to stab the ball home.

Five minutes later Michelle Evans made it 3-0  with a delightful curling shot past Holt. Sari Raber scored two almost identical goals at the near post in the 78th and 82nd minutes after good work down the right hand side by Nathalie Urbas, Julia Hajjar and Tina Romagnuolo which solidified a 5-0 Fury victory earning them the full six points in their opening road trip of the season.

The Avalanche were restricted to a header from Carley Luongo and a shot by Sylvia Kowalski by the strong Fury back line of Ria Percival, Danielle Johnson, Anna Caniglia and Katie Bethke.

The win - the second of their weekend road trip - moves the Fury to a 2-0-0 ahead of next Saturdays home opener against Toronto.
 
http://www.ottawafury.com/fullstory.php?id=1206

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Re: Ottawa Fury
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2009, 11:27:49 PM »
Ottawa came through the regular season as Great Lakes Division champions and faced up against Chicago Red Eleven, runners-up in the Midwest Division, in the Central Conference play-offs.

Fury Advance to Conference Finals With 4-2 Victory

24th July 2009
Lafayette, Indiana

The Ottawa Fury Women put themselves one step closer to that elusive W-League title with a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Red Eleven in the Conference Semi-Finals. The Fury found themselves down 1-0 early but Michelle Evans and Amber Hearn got them back on track before halftime and Ottawa added two more in the second half before Chicago tallied late sealing a 4-2 win and a place in Sunday's Conference Final against the FC Indiana Lionesses in a rematch of last year's Conference Final.

Ottawa returned to Indiana for a second straight year, but found themselves trailing after 11 minutes when Gemma Davison notched her 7th of the season putting the Fury on notice early. Michelle Evans responded in the 20th minute direct from a free kick to pull Ottawa even with her 7th of the season. Building on the momentum from the tying goal the Fury continued to press and were rewarded in the 31st minute when Amber Hearn tallied from close range putting the Fury ahead going into halftime.

The second half opened with both teams battling to set the tone. With scoring chances sparse Amber Hearn blasted home her second of the night from 35 yards out giving the Fury a two-goal cushion after 76 minutes. Six minutes later Hearn continued her dominance of the Chicago defence this time passing to Tina Romagnuolo who hammered home the cross for a 4-1 Fury lead. A Fanta Cooper cross in the 90th minute deceived Fury keeper Jasmine Phillips at the far post cutting the lead to 4-2 but that was all the damage that Chicago would be able to muster against the Fury who are hoping that the third time is the charm as they look to win the Conference Title for the first time in three years.

http://www.ottawafury.com/fullstory.php?id=1291

As shlj has stressed in his post on the W-League thread, the EPL players featured strongly in the game. Gemma and Egg are well known to several on this forum. Gunners will probably claim Amber Hearn as one of theirs too, although Belles fans can justifiably disagree.
 
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Re: Ottawa Fury
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2009, 06:58:07 PM »
FuryTame Lionesses to Advance to W-League Semi-Finals

Two own goals lead Ottawa to 2-1 win in Indiana and Central Conference Title 

The Ottawa Fury Women are returning to the W-League semi-finals, for the first time since 2006, after a 2-1 victory over FC Indiana in a rematch of last year's Central Conference Final. "It was a very good team efforts," said an extremely proud Fury coach Craig Smith. "I had a good feeling about this game - the girls were focused, played their game and we did what we wanted them to do."

Ottawa found themselves trailing early for the second straight game when Lyons gave the reigning Central Conference Champions a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute. Just like they did against Chicago the Fury responded a short time later when Amber Hearn sprung Michelle Evans free who crossed for Katie Bethke only to have FC Indiana's Corrie Moore redirect the cross into her own goal pulling the Fury even in the 14th minute. Possession! Possession! Possession! Was the key to the Fury's game which gave them control of most of the first half that end all square at 1-1.

The Fury continued to control play to start the second half and almost pulled into the lead in the 61st minute when Jennifer Hance deflected a Michelle Evans free kick painfully wide of the far post. Four minutes later on an almost identical play Evans picked out Jennifer Hance again on a free kick which was touched by Hance and deflected into the FC Indiana goal off a defender for yet another own goal (originally credited to Evans).

Carrying a 2-1 lead late into the game it almost seemed like deja-vu as the Fury lead by the same score line in last year's Conference Final before FC Indiana pulled even and won in extra time. This year, however luck was on the Fury side late in the game as shots struck both the crossbar and post in quick succession and stayed out preserving the 2-1 victory and the Central Conference crown for the Fury.

The Fury now advance to the W-League Semi-Final where they will face a familiar foe in the Washington Freedom. Game date, time and location to be announced Monday.

http://www.ottawafury.com/fullstory.php?id=1293

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Re: Ottawa Fury
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2010, 07:55:16 AM »
Amber Hearn, Jodie Taylor and Michelle Evans are back with the Fury this summer

http://www.uslsoccer.com/teams/2010/2466030.html#ROSTER