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FC Indiana Lionesses
« on: May 05, 2009, 01:45:34 PM »
The Lionesses are setting their sights high this summer with a string of signings and re-signings and a fixture list that includes match-ups with the new WPS teams.

Although they'll probably lose their fifth place world club ranking after the new pro-league gets under way, the Lionesses are still going to be a major force in the W-League.

It will be interesting to see how they match up with the Pali Blues and the other ambitious sides in the League.

Rather than weaken the W-League, it looks as if the introduction of the WPS might actually strengthen the American second-tier leagues in the long run.

Following David's helpful re-structure of the USA part of the site to accomodate the new league, it will be easier to slot in club news and signings. The Lionesses have made several announcements since the end of last season whereas other clubs say virtually nothing - bit like the England women's league!!!

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Re: FC Indiana Lionesses
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2009, 01:48:42 PM »
Del Rio and Leyva re-sign for 2009

August 14, 2008

FC Indiana confirmed on Wednesday they had re-signed Spanish striker Laura Del Rio and Mexican midfielder Fatima Leyva for the 2009 season. The club said that "the pair have put pen to paper on permanent contracts with the club this afternoon. All other aspects will remain confidential and undisclosed."

The deals represent a big coup for the club as both played a key roles for FC Indiana where they reached the W-League final and won the USASA Open Cup.

Del Rio, 26, is one of the most talented strikers in the world. She began her career with Spanish club Levante, making her debut at the age of 17. She has made 30 appearances for Spain WNT scoring 12 goals, has won 3 league titles and 6 cup titles in her career. She has scored 156 goals in all competitions in nine seasons. This season, Del Rio was FC Indiana’s top scorer with 15 goals and 13 assists.

Leyva, 28, is a highly rated midfielder who adds a touch of class to FC Indiana’s attacking play. She joined FC Indiana in 2005, and helped the club to two league and two cup titles in four seasons. She has played 45 times for Mexico, scoring four goals.

FC Indiana also previously announced they had re-signed Monica Ocampo, the Mexico international forward.


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Re: FC Indiana Lionesses
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2009, 01:50:27 PM »
Luik signs on for another season

August 28, 2008

FC Indiana coach Shek Borkowski has confirmed his fourth signing of the summer as Australian midfielder Aivi Luik has signed for her fifth season with the club.

The 23-year-old has been at FC Indiana since 2005 and Borkowski calls Luik his “most versatile” player. “Aivi arguably has been our most consistent performer of the last four years, is one of the “must have” players for me, and this is an excellent foundation to continue building for next season," said Borkowski.

Luik has played in 79 matches with FC Indiana, helping the club to two league and two Open Cup national championships in four seasons.
She will spend the next 4 months on loan in Ukraine and will return to FC Indiana in January.
 

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Re: FC Indiana Lionesses
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2009, 01:54:12 PM »
Nonen ready to join FC Indiana

February 6, 2009

FC Indiana have agreed terms with defender Sharolta Nonen, the W- League club announced.

The former Canadian international has extensive professional and international soccer experience; she has recorded 63 national team caps with the Canadian national team and has played in two World Cups (1999, 2003). Nonen played in the WUSA with the Atlanta Beat from 2001-2003 where she named to the All WUSA First Team in 2001 and 2003 and World All Star Team 2003. 

She was a three-time NSCAA All-American while at the University of Nebraska and was named Big 12 Conference Player of the Year.       

She joins FC Indiana after playing previously with the Atlanta Silverbacks and the Montreal Xtreme.

“Sharolta is a quick, aggressive centre-back and will be a terrific addition to the squad,” said FC Indiana coach Shek Borkowski. “She is a top international player and her arrival will strengthen my squad.”



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Re: FC Indiana Lionesses
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2009, 02:06:14 AM »
Japan WNT midfielder agrees move to FC Indiana

February 20, 2009

FC Indiana coach Shek Borkowski has confirmed that Japan WNT midfielder Mizuho Sakaguchi will join the club in March.

The loss of six players from last season’s squad to WPS draft has reduced Borkowski’s midfield options and the signing of Sakaguchi is expected to strengthen the squad. He met Sakaguchi and her representative last week in Indianapolis and made her, what is expected to be, his last signing of 2009.

“I like Sakaguchi. For me she is the Fernando Redondo of Japan WNT. She is a defensive midfielder, but not a typical one. Instead, she is a deep-lying playmaker. She brakes up opposition attacks with sharp tackling and sets in motion attacks of her own with crisp, short passing. She does not score many goals, but she can control a game like few other central midfielders She plays with her head up, always reading the movement of the players around her, always aware of where her next pass is going. And at only 21 years of age she has a great future ahead,” said Borkowski.

The midfielder has played in all six games for Japan in the Beijing Olympics helping the team to a fourth place finish



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Re: FC Indiana Lionesses
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2009, 02:08:33 AM »
Canadian defender signs with FC Indiana

March 11, 2009

Canada WNT defender Robyn Gayle has joined the FC Indiana squad the club announced today.

Gayle won her first cap with Canada’s senior team in June 2006, at the age of 20. She won a silver medal with Canada at the 2003 Pan American Games and represented Canada at the FIFA Women’s World Cup China 2007. She also played with the University of North Carolina 2004-07.

The 5’7" speedster won a silver medal with Canada at the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship Canada 2002... won a silver medal with Canada at the XIV Pan American Games Santo Domingo 2003 (lost 1:2 a.e.t. to Brasil in the final)... reached the quarterfinal with Canada at the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup Thailand 2004...she was 20 years old when she won her first cap with Canada’s senior team on 25 June 2006 in Toronto (a 2:1 win over Italia)... finished second with Canada at the 2006 Peace Queen Cup after a 0:1 loss to the United States in the final (she did not feature in the final)... finished second with Canada at the 2006 CONCACAF Gold Cup after a 1:2 loss to the United States in the final... represented Canada at the FIFA Women’s World Cup China 2007... finished second with Canada at the 2008 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualification Tournament (Canada qualified for the Summer Olympics)... reached the quarter-final with Canada at the 2008 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament.

“Robyn is training very hard with the squad and needs to improve her fitness right now but I expect her to compete for a starting spot,” said FC Indiana coach Shek Borkowski.




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Re: FC Indiana Lionesses
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2009, 02:13:10 AM »
FC Indiana Lionesses 1 Sky Blue 2

April 21, 2009

It was a cruel ending to a game which appeared to be another home win for FC Indiana. The match will be remembered as Sky Blue scored two goals in injury time to win 2–1, after having trailed for most of the match. Leading 1-0 on a Lisa-Marie Woods 72’ goal, FC Indiana looked assured defensively, when Sky Blues’ Sarah Walsh’ cross deflected off Sharolta Nonen and found its way into the net. "Our reaction to that goal was very naive," said FC Indiana coach Shek Borkowski. "I told my players there was nothing we could do about the first goal but we were poor in conceding the second to Rosana."

Sky Blue dominated possession but failed to create any clear cut chances despite Natasha Kai’s tireless running. The FC Indiana defense remained strong and well organised, as Kai, Kasey White and Rosana found out when their close-range efforts were quickly closed down by three defenders. As FC Indiana began to look increasingly more dangerous on the counter-attack than their opponents did in possession, Laura Del Rio repeatedly tested the Sky Blue back four with a number of clever runs, some of which were flagged offside.

It was Japan international Mizuho Sakaguchi who set up Lisa Marie Woods for a goal from 12 yards out.

As the game crept into the last two minutes, Sky Blues’s Sarah Walsh, Heather O’Reilly and Natasha Kai forced Joy McKenzie into two saves, firstly through a Walsh 30 yard effort and then from another Kai header. Walsh flighted a cross just over Nonen’s head, as she stretched to clear it, Nonen slipped and deflected the cross into FC Indiana goal.

Less than 3 minutes later, Sky Blue forced another corner. Walsh swung the corner in, which was headed by Kai to Rosana. Rosana’ deflected the ball into the corner of the FC Indiana goal for Sky Blue to take an astonishing lead and win.

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Re: FC Indiana Lionesses
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2009, 02:17:02 AM »
FC Indiana add Moscato

April 25, 2009

Former Canadian National Team Member Carmelina Moscato was signed by the club it was announced today.

The Mississauga, Ontario native made her Women’s Under-19 Team debut on May 29, 2001 against China in the 3rd Annual Adidas Cup, and her international debut on April 3, 2002 in a match against Australia during the 2002 Turnoi de France, earning 22 caps.

Moscato played in all six games at the FIFA Women’s U-19 World Cup and was named to the tournament all-star team as a midfielder. She made her mark on the 2002 U-19 Canadian National team which reached the World Cup Final in Edmonton, playing 18 times and scoring four goals for the junior squad. She also played six times for the World Cup team in 2004 against China, Sweden, USA, Jamaica, Panama, and Costa Rica.

Played at the 2004 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Costa Rica, the 2004 Four Nations Tournament in China, was named to Canada’s 2003 Women’s World Cup roster and Canada’s 2003 Algarve Cup roster, scoring her first international goal in a match against Greece.

Moscato was also part of the Under-19 Women’s Team that won the silver medal at the 2002 FIFA U-19 World Championships.

Played the 2005 and 2006 W-League seasons with the Ottawa Fury, as well as a portion of the 2007 slate. Was also a member of the 2004 W-League Champion Vancouver Whitecaps and played the 2002 club season with the Ottawa Fury in the W-League.


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Re: FC Indiana Lionesses
« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2009, 12:15:22 PM »
The preview press release posted by the Lionesses and the W-League last Thursday hoped for a Saturday win against their WPS opponents. The outcome was impressive - a 3-2 victory over the Red Stars.

Lionesses Second Shot

FC Indiana vs Chicago Red Stars on Saturday, May 2

FC Indiana Press Release
Thursday, April 29, 2009
Indianapolis, Indiana

United Soccer Leagues W-League side, FC Indiana are hoping to pull off the shock of the season when they host Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) powerhouse Chicago Red Stars at Kuntz Stadium in Indianapolis this Saturday, May 2. Kick off time for the match is 7:00 PM ET.

FC Indiana coach Shek Borkowski and his squad relish the tag of underdogs as they head into Saturday night's clash.

"It will be a really good game,” Borkowski said. “They are the best team in WPS right now. But the pressure is on them. They are the WPS team, and they are expected to win."

Chicago will arrive in Indianapolis sitting second in WPS standings, just two points behind the leaders, Los Angeles Sol. The Sol demolished Tony DiCicco’s Boston Breaker 4-0 on Saturday, April 25.

"We demonstrated why we are one of the best attacking teams in the league," said Red Stars Head Coach Emma Hayes after the win.

Offensively the Red Stars are led by Lindsey Tarpley, Karen Carney, Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd and Brittany Klein. In goal Swedish goalkeeper Carolina Jonsson, protected by back four of Marian Dalmy (USA), Ifeoma Dieke (Scotland), Nicky Krzysik (USA) and Frida Ostberg (Sweden), has three clean sheets.

The match against the Red Stars will be FC Indiana’s second game against WPS competition in less than 11 days. They lost a hard-fought 2-1 decision to Sky Blue FC on Tuesday, April 21.

FC Indiana opens W-League play on Sunday, May 17. That match is set for a 7:00 PM kickoff from the Lionesses’ Kuntz Memorial Stadium.

http://wleague.uslsoccer.com/home/326925.html

FC Indiana 3, Chicago Red Stars 2

May 2, 2009

FC Indiana managed to do what no other team has; beat Chicago Red Stars and score three goals in the process. Still, head coach Shek Borkowski was critical of his midfield play after his side’s 3-2 win in Indianapolis on Saturday night.

"The result is important but the performance was not good enough," said Borkowski. “Our midfield performance over 90 minutes must improve, we were too careless in possession, defended too deep in the last 15 minutes and our fitness still isn’t where it should be.”

While Borkowski’s "never good enough" attitude may have merit, debutant forward Lisa-Marie Woods was impressive and winger Laura Del Rio looked a constant threat going forward, while Mizuho Sakaguchi and Fatima Leyva bossed the midfield.

Spanish wonder striker Laura Del Rio was ruthless yet mesmerizing in the way she finished with a clinical 40th minute first goal,  and propelled FC Indiana into fifth gear, which the Lionesses maintained throughout the night, battering their WPS opponents for two more goals in the last 45. First was a composed finish by Woods after she dispossessed Dieke in the 55 minute and another Del Rio goal in the 70 to win the game.

FC Indiana Lionesses: Shannon Lynn, Sharolta Nonen, Robyn Gayle, Corie Moore, Mizuho Sakaguchi (Andrews 52), Fatima Leyva, Carmelina Moscato, Lisa-Marie Woods, Aivi Luik, Lyons (Wilson 60), Laura Del Rio.

Goals: Del Rio 40, 70, Woods 55



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Re: FC Indiana Lionesses
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2009, 06:42:37 PM »
Corie Moore Expects... More

Indianapolis, Indiana
Tuesday, May 5, 2009

FC Indiana coach Shek Borkowski saw Corie Moore for the first time in February of 2007. He was in Detroit watching an indoor co-ed tournament when he spotted her.

“I talked to her about FC Indiana and asked her to play with us,” said Borkowski.

Borkowski, who makes it a habit of looking for players where other coaches do not, said he liked Moore’s athleticism and attitude.

“Corie has no fear of names and reputations,” said Borkowski. “She simply competes for 90 minutes.”

Since that Detroit weekend in 2007, Moore helped FC Indiana to WPSL league title, US Open Cup title and a second place finish in United Soccer Leagues W-League last year. Along the way, she helped the club beat New Zealand’s Women’s National Team, 1-0 and in the last two weekends she helped stop Heather O’Reilly and Sarah Walsh. Not bad for a player who was not recruited coming out of high school and ended up playing at the University of Findlay.

Borkowski describes Moore as a late bloomer.

"With the late developers - my philosophy is to have them playing men’s soccer from November through March,” said Borkowski. “They come back with bloody noses sometimes, but they learn the physical side, plus they get genuine criticism from male players and be under more realistic pressure. Many times going straight from college to our team is just too vast a distance."

Borkowski describes Moore as a good athlete who had to learn a lot.

“When she first came to us she was pretty raw, but now she knows when to go tight and when to drop off and the art of defending is all about reading the situation,” said Borkowski.

In her third season in Indiana, Moore feels like there is more for her to achieve.

“Graduating from Findlay, I thought I was done with soccer,” Moore said. “Now, the last two seasons increased my ambition.”

http://wleague.uslsoccer.com/home/328424.html


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Re: FC Indiana Lionesses
« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2009, 03:21:45 PM »
FC Indiana Wins Home Opener

Borkowski still looking from more from his team

FC Indiana Press Release - www.fcindiana.com
Indianapolis - Monday, May 17, 2009

Shek Borkowski believes FC Indiana have "made a statement of intent" in W-League Midwest Division with a victory over Chicago Red Eleven.

Laura Del Rio’s hattrick and Mizuho Sakaguchi’s follower gave FC Indiana a 4-0 win at Kuntz Stadium in Indianapolis Sunday night. Borkowski admitted his side were not at their best and stated that fans can expect even more from his team.

"We are not playing as well as we are capable, too many players still are not playing up to their potential and its my job to get more out of this team," said Borkowski. "And I will, but we won, which was the objective before the game. The more important part of it was that we were defending well. The back four were quick to advance on to their opponents, and that made a big difference."

http://wleague.uslsoccer.com/home/331820.html

FC Indiana Lionesses: Shannon Lynn, Sharolta Nonen, Robyn Gayle, Corie Moore, Aivi Luik, Carmichael (Monica Ocampo 46’), Fatima Leyva, Mizuho Sakaguchi, Laura Del Rio, Lisa-Marie Woods (Andrews 60’), Lyons (Prado 46’)
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Re: FC Indiana Lionesses
« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2009, 04:54:57 PM »
The Lionesses went on to top the Midwest Division in the regular season and opened the Central Conference play-offs with a tie against Buffalo Flash, the runners-up in the Great Lakes Division.

FC Indiana Downs Buffalo, 3-0

Lionesses earn rematch with Fury, Sunday
FC Indiana Press Release - www.fcindiana.com

Friday, July 24, 2009
Lafayette, Indiana

FC Indiana moved their season record to 11-0-2 on Friday night when they blanked the Buffalo Flash (9-6-1) 3-0 at Jefferson HS in Lafayette, Indiana. FC Indiana had the better of the possession and chances in the fast paced first half, as Fatima Leyva scored twice and Laura Del Rio added one goal.

At the other end of the pitch, FC Indiana goal keeper Shannon Lynn made two saves in each half to register his eleventh clean sheet of the season.

Lionesses captain Fatima Leyva continued her outstanding play in midfield and created several first half opportunities that should have been better dealt with by her strikers. After missing an open goal from close range, the Lionesses finally got on the board in the 13th minute when Leyva scored on a direct free kick giving Buffalo keeper Amanda Becker no chance from 21 yards out.

Monica Ocampo did all the work on the left flank when she set up Laura Del Rio for a simple tap in the 26th minute to put the Lioness up 2-0. The last 10 minutes of the first half saw end-to-end action while the Flash tried desperately to get back in the game and the Lionesses did the same trying to get the all important third goal to put the game away.

Del Rio made a solo run late in the half and was fouled in the box by Lena Mosebo, who was yellow carded. Leyva took the penalty to make the score 3-0 FC Indiana.

The Lionesses moved forward to a Sunday rematch of last year’s Conference final against the Ottawa Fury.

Goals
13’ Leyva
26’ Del Rio (Ocampo)
45’ Leyva (PK)

Shots: FCI 10, BUFF 9
Shots on Goal: FCI 6, BUFF 4
Corners: FCI 1, BUFF 6
Offsides: FCI 1, BUFF 4

FC INDIANA: Lynn, Moore, Thomas, Luik, Leyva, Carmichael (Gayle 60’), Wilson, Kohn, Smyth (Phewa 60’), Ocampo (Lyons 70’), Del Rio

BUFFALO: Becker, Brandao, Tarr, Mosebo, Sahlen, Wagenfuhr, Sutton, O’Rourke (Lacek 65’), Sawai, Ruiz (Lawrence)75’), Conti (Barbuto 70’)

http://www.uslsoccer.com/scripts/runisa.dll?M2:gp::72011+Elements/Display+E+47116+News/Display/+8969416+13598842

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Re: FC Indiana Lionesses
« Reply #12 on: August 02, 2009, 12:06:06 AM »
The Lionesses played at home to Ottawa Fury, the Great Lakes Divsion champions, in the Central Conference Play-Off Final, a repeat of last season's Final match-up. This season the roles were reversed with the Fury coming out 2-1 victors.

For a match report on the game see the Ottawa or W-League threads.
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