San Francisco Nighthawks

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San Francisco Nighthawks
Full name San Francisco Nighthawks
Nickname(s) Nighthawks
Founded 1995
Stadium Kezar Stadium
Ground Capacity 9,044
Chairman Jill Lounsbury
Manager Petra Kowalski
League Women's Premier Soccer League
2008 3rd, Pacific North Division

San Francisco Nighthawks is an American women's soccer team, founded in 1995. The team is a member of the Women's Premier Soccer League, the third tier of women's soccer in the United States and Canada. The team plays in the North Division of the Pacific Conference.

The team plays its home games at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco, California. The club's colors are red and white.


Current 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
0 United States GK Angie Larsen
1 United States GK Sarah Walker
2 United States MF Kristina Hall
3 United States DF Jacqueline Cruz
4 United States MF Emmi Doniak
5 United States MF Gabina Bohlman
6 United States DF Elena De Santis
7 United States MF Erica Wheeler-Dubin
8 United States DF Lauren Bustos
9 United States DF Erin Hartmann
12 Japan FW Mariko Yoshihara
13 United States FW Angela Santiago
15 United States DF Afiya Roberts
16 United States MF Midori Sera
17 United States FW Cristina Quintero
18 United States DF Karen Gudeman
No. Position Player
20 United States DF Angela Fajardo
21 United States MF Christina Quitasol
22 United States FW Jocelyn Charette
23 United States FW Kimberly Boulos
24 United States MF Kelli Okuji
25 United States MF Millie Milliken
28 United States MF Kate Donaldson
29 United States MF Stephanie Randall
United States MF Michelle Ancelj
United States DF Lauren Candia
United States MF Lissette Garay
United States GK Katie Loomis
United States MF Katherine Kimure
United States MF Melissa Woo
United States FW Christina Sanchez
United States MF Stacey Nadol

Notable former players[edit]


Year Division League Reg. Season Playoffs
2005 2 WPSL 7th, West
2006 2 WPSL 6th, West
2007 2 WPSL 6th, West Did not qualify
2008 2 WPSL 3rd, Pacific North Did not qualify


Competition history[edit]

The Nighthawks, formed in 1995 as a charter member of the W-League, a division of the United System of Inter-regional Soccer Leagues (USISL). In 1998, the Nighthawks became a founding member team of the [Women's Premier Soccer League], a national amateur league for women soccer players with over 40 teams and 6 divisions.

The Hawks also play in the Golden Gate Women's Soccer League (GGWSL), a 50+ team, 8 division regional league based in San Francisco with relegation and promotion. The Premier Division includes many women who have played Division I NCAA soccer and want to continue competing at a premier level. The Hawks are four-time champions of GGWSL's Premier Division, having won the title in the fall 2006, spring 2006, fall 2005 and spring 2005.

The Nighthawks, in addition to providing a soccer program for San Francisco Bay Area women players, provide playing and training opportunities, coaching, instruction and learning opportunities for females of all ages in and around San Francisco. The Hawks organization also conducts low or no cost community soccer camps and clinics, staffed by experienced players and coaches, to teach playing and coaching skills to the community.

The Nighthawks, commonly referred to as the 'Hawks, play at Kezar Stadium during the WPSL season and at Boxer Stadium among others during the GGWSL seasons.

Team highlights[edit]

  • Competed and won 2008 Las Vegas Silver Mug.
  • Invited to and competed in the 2007 USASA National Cup Amateur Division Cup at the Starfire Sports Complex in Seattle, WA. The USASA National Cup Finals program is the oldest and most prestigious competition offered to all affiliated teams of the United States Adult Soccer Association.
  • Played an exhibition game against the Ghana WNT Black Queens before a crowd of 2,000 in preparation for their 2007 African Women's Championship, a 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifier. Before the game, nearly 500 boys and girls ranging in age from 6 to 18, received instruction in all aspects of soccer in a free clinic led by the Black Queens and the Nighthawks.
  • Several Nighthawk players participated in a WPSL All-Star game versus the Ghana WNT Black Queens as a preliminary to the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup.
  • Fielded a team for scrimmages against the San Jose CyberRays, a member of the WUSA franchise.
  • 1998 trip to Shanghai, China where the Nighthawks scored a 2-1 victory vs. China. The roster included WUSA draft picks Emmy Barr, Tiffany Hadfield, Keri Sanchez and Jen Tissue.

Nighthawks in the community[edit]

The Nighthawks provide free annual soccer clinics for low income youth players, conduct fundraising events for inner city youth soccer teams and leagues (providing teams with uniforms, balls, nets and more), and fundraising events for the community.

The Hawks provide soccer coaching and education to players of all ages and skills. They provide to the community, a stable of knowledgeable, skilled and motivated female coaches, teachers, administrators and others who will share those attributes at little or no cost to the community.



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