F.C. Indiana

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

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.

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[edit]

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[edit]

2017 roster[edit]

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

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

Notable former players[edit]

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

Coaching staff[edit]

General manager and head coach

Poland Shek Borkowski (2004–)

Assistant coach

Ecuador Christian Castro

Ecuador Eric Castro

Year-by-year[edit]

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[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Average attendance[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • 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[edit]

References[edit]

  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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