2012–13 Illinois Piasa season

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Illinois Piasa
Illinois Piasa PASL 2012 logo.jpg
2012–13 PASL season
Owner Jim Williams
Head Coach Jason Norsic
Arena The Sports Academy
Glen Carbon, Illinois
PASL 4th, Eastern
US Open Cup Round of 16
Highest home attendance 515
(November 3, 2012))
vs Detroit Waza
Lowest home attendance 178
(November 9, 2012)
vs Rockford Rampage
Average home league attendance 329 (over 8 home games)[1]

The 2012–13 Illinois Piasa season was the seventh season of the Illinois Piasa indoor soccer club and third as a franchise in the Professional Arena Soccer League. The Piasa, named for the Piasa Bird of Native American legend, are an Eastern Division team who played their home games in The Sports Academy in Glen Carbon, Illinois.[2] The team was led by owner Jim Williams and head coach Jason Norsic.

Season summary[edit]

The team struggled in the regular season, compiling a 4–12 record. They placed fourth in the five-team Eastern Division and failed to advance to the postseason. The team fared better at home than on the road with all four of their wins coming on home turf. Two of the Piasa's four wins came against the Ohio Vortex but Illinois also provided Ohio with its only win of the season.

The Piasa participated in the 2012–13 United States Open Cup for Arena Soccer. They received a bye in the Wild Card round then lost to the Chicago Mustangs in the Round of 16, ending their tournament run.

Off-field moves[edit]

For the 2012–13 season, the team named former goalkeeper Jason Norsic as head coach. He replaced both Joe Reiniger and Justin McMillian who had previously shared coaching duties. Norsic played college soccer at Southwestern Illinois College and McKendree University before playing professionally for the St. Louis Steamers, Swanner United FC, St. Louis Illusion, Piasa FC, and Illinois Piasa.[3]

The team's official sportswear for the 2012–13 season was supplied by Admiral Sportswear, the world's oldest soccer brand.[4]

The Piasa's dance team for the 2012-13 season, the Piasa Pizazz Pro Dance Team, was led by Danielle Lusicic-Wise.[5]

At the November 9, 2012, home game, the team organized a canned food drive for a food bank in the St. Louis, Missouri, area. Fans received a discount on tickets when they presented a canned food donation at the box office.[6]

Awards and honors[edit]

On December 11, 2012, the Professional Arena Soccer League named rookie goalkeeper Alan Hagerty as the Player of the Week. The league cited his 32 saves and second-half shutout of rival Rockford Rampage on December 3, leading the Piasa to their first win of the season.[7]

Schedule[edit]

      Win       Tie       Loss

Regular season[edit]

Game Day Date Kickoff Opponent Results Location[8] Attendance
Final Score Record
1 Saturday November 3 7:35pm Detroit Waza L 5–11[9] 0–1 The Sports Academy[10] 515[11]
2 Friday November 9 7:35pm Rockford Rampage L 7–10 0–2 The Sports Academy 178[12]
3 Saturday November 10 7:35pm at Chicago Mustangs L 8–16 0–3 Grand Sports Arena 459[13]
4 Saturday November 17 7:35pm
(6:35pm Central)
at Ohio Vortex L 0–7[14] 0–4 Gameday Sports Center 205[15]
5 Sunday November 18 2:30pm
(1:30pm Central)
at Detroit Waza L 4–12[14] 0–5 Taylor Sportsplex[16] 353[17]
6 Sunday December 9 3:35pm Rockford Rampage W 5–2 1–5 The Sports Academy 188[18]
7 Friday December 14 8:00pm
(7:00pm Central)
at Cincinnati Kings L 4–5 1–6 GameTime Training Center 206[19]
8 Saturday December 15 5:30pm at Chicago Mustangs L 8–15[20] 1–7 Grand Sports Arena 299[21]
9 Saturday January 5 4:30pm Chicago Mustangs L 6–7[22] 1–8 The Sports Academy 360[23]
10 Friday January 11 7:35pm Cincinnati Kings W 7–4[24] 2–8 The Sports Academy 362[25]
11 Saturday January 12 7:05pm at Rockford Rampage L 1–8[26] 2–9 Victory Sports Complex 200[27]
12 Saturday January 19 7:35pm Ohio Vortex W 10–4 3–9 The Sports Academy 319[28]
13 Saturday January 26 7:05pm
(6:05pm Central))
at Harrisburg Heat L 5–10[29] 3–10 Farm Show Arena[30] 2,517[31]
14 Saturday February 2 7:35pm Cincinnati Kings L 3–5 3–11 The Sports Academy 315[32]
15 Saturday February 9 7:35pm Ohio Vortex W 14–5 4–11 The Sports Academy 397[33]
16 Saturday February 16 8:00pm
(7:00pm Central)
at Cincinnati Kings L 2–11 4–12 GameTime Training Center 284[34]

† Game also counts for US Open Cup, as listed in chart below.

2012–13 US Open Cup for Arena Soccer[edit]

Game Date Kickoff Opponent Results Location Attendance
Final Score Record
Wild Card BYE
Round of 16 December 15 4:30pm at Chicago Mustangs L 8–15[20] 0–1 Grand Sports Arena 299[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "League Attendance". Professional Arena Soccer League. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ "PASL Announces Schedule and Alignment for Fifth Season" (Press release). Illinois Piasa. October 2, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Illinois Piasa Announce Jason Norsic as New Head Coach" (Press release). Illinois Piasa. October 17, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Admiral Sign 1st Indoor League Deal with Illinois Piasa" (Press release). Illinois Piasa. September 4, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Piasa Pizazz Pro Dance Team to Cheer on Illinois Piasa" (Press release). Illinois Piasa. August 9, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2012. 
  6. ^ Ezell, Tim (November 9, 2012). "Illinois Piasa Soccer Club Night To Benefit St. Louis Area Foodbank". St. Louis, MO: KTVI. Retrieved November 13, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Professional Arena Soccer League Update". Our Sports Central. December 11, 2012. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Illinois Piasa Schedule". Our Sports Central. Retrieved November 13, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Piasa drops home opener". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. November 14, 2012. Retrieved November 20, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Illinois Piasa begins season tonight". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. October 2, 2011. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Box Score: The Sports Academy - Sat, Nov 03, 2012". Professional Arena Soccer League. November 3, 2012. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Box Score: PASL Head Office - Fri, Nov 09, 2012". Professional Arena Soccer League. November 9, 2012. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Box Score: Grand Sports Arena - Sat, Nov 10, 2012". Professional Arena Soccer League. November 10, 2012. Retrieved November 11, 2012. 
  14. ^ a b "Piasa Drop Two over Weekend". Our Sports Central. November 20, 2012. Retrieved November 20, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Box Score: Gameday Sports Center - Sat, Nov 17, 2012". Professional Arena Soccer League. November 17, 2012. Retrieved November 17, 2012. 
  16. ^ Foster, Terry (November 16, 2012). "Terry Foster With Detroit Waza GM Tino Scicluna". CBS Detroit. Retrieved November 20, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Box Score: Taylor Sportsplex - Sun, Nov 18, 2012". Professional Arena Soccer League. November 18, 2012. Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Box Score: The Sports Academy - Sun, Dec 09, 2012". Professional Arena Soccer League. December 9, 2012. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Box Score: Game Time - Fri, Dec 14, 2012". Professional Arena Soccer League. December 14, 2012. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  20. ^ a b "Chicago Mustangs Defeat Illinois Piasa 15-8". Our Sports Central. December 17, 2012. Retrieved December 17, 2012. 
  21. ^ a b "Box Score: Grand Sports Arena - Sat, Dec 15, 2012". Professional Arena Soccer League. December 15, 2012. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Piasa Nearly Topple Chicago". Our Sports Central. January 7, 2013. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Box Score: The Sports Academy - Sat, Jan 05, 2013". Professional Arena Soccer League. January 5, 2013. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Piasa Victorious over Kings". Our Sports Central. January 13, 2013. Retrieved January 13, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Box Score: The Sports Academy - Fri, Jan 11, 2013". Professional Arena Soccer League. January 11, 2013. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Rampage Get Back On Track, Defeat Piasa 8-1". Our Sports Central. January 14, 2013. Retrieved January 15, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Box Score: Victory Sports Complex - Sat, Jan 12, 2013". Professional Arena Soccer League. January 12, 2013. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Box Score: The Sports Academy - Sat, Jan 19, 2013". Professional Arena Soccer League. January 19, 2013. Retrieved January 20, 2013. 
  29. ^ Sandrick, Andy (January 26, 2013). "Harrisburg Heat end home schedule with resounding win over Illinois Piasa". The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, PA). Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  30. ^ Bullock, Michael (January 26, 2013). "Harrisburg Heat to entertain Illinois on Saturday night". The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, PA: Advance Publications). Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  31. ^ "Box Score: Farm Show Complex - Sat, Jan 26, 2013". Professional Arena Soccer League. January 26, 2013. Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  32. ^ "Box Score: The Sports Academy - Sat, Feb 02, 2013". Professional Arena Soccer League. February 2, 2013. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  33. ^ "Box Score: The Sports Academy - Sat, Feb 09, 2013". Professional Arena Soccer League. February 9, 2013. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  34. ^ "Box Score: Game Time - Sat, Feb 16, 2013". Professional Arena Soccer League. February 16, 2013. Retrieved February 16, 2013. 

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