F.C. Indiana

F.C. Indiana, also known as F.C. Indiana Lionesses, is an American women's soccer team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Founded in 2003,[1] the team is currently a member of the United Women's Soccer league. They play their home games at Newton Park in Lakeville, Indiana.

FC Indiana
Full nameFootball Club Indiana
Nickname(s)The Lionesses
Founded2000
StadiumNewton Park
Capacity1,100
ChairmanShek Borkowski
ManagerShek Borkowski
LeagueUnited Women's Soccer

The team has an associated men's team, also called F.C. Indiana Lions, who play in the National Premier Soccer League and Premier Arena Soccer League. The club's colors are red and white.

History

In 2005, FC Indiana became the second North American women's team ever to win a league and cup double, capturing the WPSL national championship and the USASA Women's Open national championship (the Carolina Courage of the former Women's United Soccer Association [WUSA] won the Founder's Cup and WUSA league title in 2002).

FC Indiana won the 2005 WPSL title, having defeated host New England Mutiny 4–0 in the 2005 semi-finals and the California Storm 5–4 (featuring internationals Brandi Chastain, Leslie Osborne and Sissi) in the 2005 finals.

In 2007, the club won its second WPSL title in three seasons, defeating the New England Mutiny 3–0. In October 2007, FC Indiana joined the W-League, consistently winning their division before returning to the WPSL for the 2011 season.

In 2012, they participated in the WPSL Elite, finishing at the bottom of the table.[2]

In December 2016, F.C. Indiana joined the newly formed Midwest Conference of United Women's Soccer as an expansion team.[3]

Players

2017 roster

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
00 GK Tarah Hobbs
1 GK Andrea Vera
2 FW Jennifer Reyes
3 DF Lisa Ryan
4 MF Denise Veldman
5 MF Gabby Veldman
6 MF Maggie Hartnagel
7 DF Kelley Johnson
8 FW Annelie Leitner
9 FW Ashley Johnson
10 MF Hikaru Nakamura
No. Position Player
11 MF Ryley Bugay
13 FW Rana Hoffbauer
14 MF Mirae Whitaker
16 MF Samantha Bugay
17 MF Carly Mirwaldt
21 FW Janaina Novaes Miknus
22 MF Yo Tachibana
24 DF Jennifer Muñoz
25 DF Ali Castaneda
26 FW Sam Kambol
45 MF Olivia Hansen

Notable former players

The following players have played at the international or professional level:

Coaching staff

General manager and head coach

Shek Borkowski (2004–)

Assistant coach

Christian Castro

Eric Castro

Year-by-year

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs National Cup
2005 1 WPSL 1st, Central Champions Champions
2006 1 WPSL 3rd, Midwest
2007 1 WPSL 1st, Midwest Champions National Final
2008 1 USL W-League 1st, Midwest Division, Central Conference National Final Champions
2009 2 USL W-League 1st, Midwest Division, Central Conference Conference Final
2010
2011 2 WPSL 2nd, South Division (Midwest Conference) Midwest Semi-final
2011 WLS 1st, Elite Division
2012 2 WPSL Elite 8th
2012 WLS 1st
2013
2014 2 WPSL Regional Finals
2015 2 WPSL 2nd, Great Lakes Division, Midwest Conference
2016 2 WPSL 4th, Great Lakes Division

Honors

  • USL W-League Central Conference Champions 2009
  • US Open Cup Champions 2008
  • USL W-League Regular Season Champions 2008
  • USL W-League Central Conference Champions 2008
  • USL W-League Midwest Division Champions 2008
  • WPSL Champions 2007
  • WPSL Midwest Conference Champions 2007
  • US Open Cup Runners-up 2007
  • WPSL Champions 2005
  • WPSL Central Division Champions 2005
  • US Open Cup Champions 2005
  • Region 2 Champions 2005

Stadia

Average attendance

  • 2015: 133
  • 2014: 241
  • 2013: 287
  • 2012: 1,359
  • 2011: 329
  • 2010: NA
  • 2009: 771
  • 2008: 1,012
  • 2007: 557
  • 2006: 911
  • 2005: 723
  • 2004: 105

Memorable Moments

  • July 11, 2004 – FC Indiana defeats Australia Women's National Team 1–0.
  • July 19, 2005 – FC Indiana defeats Trinidad & Tobago Women's National Team 3–0.
  • July 21, 2005 – FC Indiana defeats Trinidad & Tobago Women's National Team 8–3.
  • July 31, 2005 – After winning 4–0 over host New England Mutiny, FC Indiana upsets the defending champions California Storm 5–4, winning the Women's Premier Soccer League national championship.
  • August 6, 2005 – Six days after winning the Women's Premier Soccer League title, FC Indiana defeats the Dallas SC Titans 4–0 in the U.S. Open Cup national final, achieving the second "double" in American women's soccer history.
  • July 29, 2007 – FC Indiana defeats the New England Mutiny 3–0 to win its second WPSL title in three years.
  • August 15, 2007 – FC Indiana defeats New Zealand Women's National Team 1–0.

See also

References

  1. "FC Indiana Women's Team Celebrates 10th Anniversary". Womens League Soccer. Archived from the original on 7 December 2013. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  2. Griffiths, Lowri (30 July 2012). "WPSL Elite 2012 Standings". Pitchside Report. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  3. Ryan, Conor (12 December 2016). "United Women's Soccer announces four-team expansion for 2017 season". MassLive. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
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