MAY 4, 2014 - FC Indiana midfielder Brooke VanDyck became the youngest player to appear in the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) when she made her debut in Saturday's match with Houston Aces in South Bend, Indiana.
Lionesses coach Shek Borkowski had selected VanDyck on the substitutes bench but introduced her in the 86th minute of FC Indiana's pulsating 1-0 victory over the 2013 WPSL finalists.
The teenager has been part of FC Indiana's elite College Showcase Team set-up and her performances have attracted attention from Lionesses coaching staff.
FC Indiana 1-0 Houston Aces
MAY 3, 2014 - FC Indiana coach Shek Borkowski saluted his players for a “professional” performance as they beat Houston Aces 1-0 in Women's Premier Soccer League action Saturday night.
"It was a disciplined performance. The team managed the game very well against a good team. We took advantage of the opportunities we had," said Borkowski.
The victory was secured by Gabby Veldman's goal with four minutes to go. Borkowski who fielded 4 midfielders, with the average age of 19 years, against last year's WPSL finalists was satisfied. "Houston is an experienced team but we coped very well."
2014 squad announced
APRIL 28, 2014 - FC Indiana announced its women's WPSL squad for the 2014 season.
GOALKEEPERS: Geralda Santilus, Cynthia Cherry, McKenzie Wood,
DEFENDERS: Kencia Marseille, Yvrose Gervil, Natasha Cajuste, Roselord Borgella, Sindy Jeune
MIDFIELDERS: Ryley Bugay, Wisline Dolce, Joanna Charles-Schmid, Ketura Robuste, Manouchka Pierre-Louis, Kensia Bobo, Brooke VanDyck, Mary Claire Burnnett, Clorene Rateau, Riley Tanner, Alexis Marks, Mirea Whittaker, Gabby Veldman,
FORWARDS: Brittany Tanner, Lindsey Zullo, Dina Jean-Pierre, Kristina Lynch.
APRIL 4, 2014 - Youth coaches are role models who exert a lasting influence on our impressionable young players. As the role of the coach in the development and health of our children is increasingly acknowledged as vital, the importance of coaching education falls into sharper focus.
During 2009, FC Indiana, instituted a policy, requiring a mandatory minimum level of a nationally recognized coach's license. As a result, all FC Indiana coaches must hold a US Soccer National "C" Coaching License (or equivalent) as the minimum coaching qualification.
FC Indiana WPSL schedule released
MARCH 30, 2014 - FC Indiana 2014 WPSL schedule will begin at home on May 11 when the Lionesses host Columbus Eagles and will conclude on July 11 when FC Indiana travels to Indianapolis to face FC Pride.
2014 WPSL Schedule (home games in CAPS)
03 HOUSTON, 7:00pm
11 COLUMBUS, 4:00pm
17 CINCINNATI, 4:00pm
25 at Columbus
31 at Detroit
08 OHIO, 4:00pm
13 DETROIT, 7:00pm
14 FC PRIDE, 7:00pm
21 at Cincinnati
05 at Ohio Premier
11 at FC Pride
Divisional playoffs will be played July 19/20 and national Final 4 will be July 26/27 at a location to be determined at a later date.
FC Indiana - Cayman Islands Football Association benefiting all involved
MARCH 22, 2014 - Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) and FC Indiana have found their relationship mutually beneficial.
In its third year, the partnership continues to develop the women's game in both Indiana and on the Caribbean Island. “When you’ve got one of the best women's clubs in the region willing to help out by sharing their methodology that’s appealing to a lot of federations trying to develop women's socccer on their island, it’s a match made in heaven,” said CIFA's Marcos Tinoco. “It helps us develop our young players.”
"For us, the relationship with CIFA is valuable," FC Indiana's Shek Borkowski said. "We have opportunity to help CIFA develop the game and Caymans are a great location for pre-season training when its cold in Indiana."
With 2 years remaining on the agreement Borkowski belives that both organizations will seek to renew the agreement. "CONCACAF and CIFA President Jeff Webb is a beilever in women's development and I am confident that in two years time both organizations will want to continue, it benefits everyone involved."
Borkowski vows to strengthen squad
JANUARY 14, 2014 - Shek Borkowski has admitted at a press conference on Tuesday that his Lionesses will need strengthening if they are to challenge for WPSL title this season.
"I need to bring new signings, players who will develop that competition and give different options on the playing field," Borkowski said. "I will bring players in which will allow us to start this season with a stronger team than the one that ended the 2013 campaign, players who will bring an extra dimension and competition for places."
Borkowski said his efforts are focused on signing a left back, a center midfielder and a forward, "we had some weaknesses and we need to improve in those areas."
FC Indiana will begin season in May with open tryout March 22nd and pre-season training starting March 23rd.
FC Indiana season tickets
JANUARY 10, 2014 - The WPSL is coming to northern Indiana in 2014, now is your chance to get in on the action with FC Indiana season tickets! Season tickets for the upcoming FC Indiana women's soccer season will be available for purchase on March 1, 2014, beginning at 11 a.m.
The 2014 FC Indiana Season Ticket Package, priced at $42,
includes tickets to 7 home matches at Indiana Invaders Soccer Complex. The season runs from May until August. The full 2014 schedule will be released at a later date.
The Lionesses will compete in WPSL Great Lakes Division which consists of:
- Cincinnati Saints
- Columbus Eagles
- FC Indiana
- FC Pride (Indianapolis)
- Motor City FC (Detroit)
- Ohio Galaxies (Dayton)
Tickets will be available for be purchase on the FC Indiana website or in-person at the FCI Box Office (11am-5pm, M-F), which is now located inside the Indiana Invaders indoor arena.
Forty FC Indiana hopefuls attend tryout
JANUARY 7, 2014 - The nearly 40 players, including players from Sweden, Denmark, Brazil, came from all walks of life and all experience levels – from on-the-verge pros to talented 18-year olds. But any way you look at it, the FC Indiana women's team open tryout for the 2014 season was a rousing success.
It was a weekend of agility testing and players testing themselves against each other. Enthusiasm and energy were running at a high level.
Top positional priorities for FC Indiana coach Shek Borkowski are a left back, a center nidfielder and a forward. "I am looking for three experienced players who can improve my squad right away," said Borkowski. "We will invite 7 players from this weekend for further evaluation."
For the Lionesses, who have won two WPSL and two US Open Cup championships in their first 10 seasons, team work ethic will determine success. "I expect us to be talented and how hard we work will determine how far we will go,” said Borkowski.
The Lionesses invitation only tryout will be March 22.
Remember the name: Kristina Lynch
DECEMBER 8, 2013 - Quiet often, in youth soccer, mediocre prospects are routinely heralded above their actual level of ability. Indiana co-ed leagues, are filled with girls once tipped as the latter-day Mia Hamm.
Yet in the case of 14-year old forward Kristina Lynch, the hype seems justified. Training with FC Indiana and Haiti WNT players, Lynch's movement, vision, passing and dribbling skills are causing people to predict she's going to be a standout at the collegiate level.
FC Indiana coach Shek Borkowski said of Lynch "Her awareness is very, very good. She is only going to get better." “She is thinking more like a professional player instead of a kid just having a good time playing soccer,” said Borkowski.
“If she keeps going in the right direction, she can develop into quite a player.”
Lynch is still finding her feet competing against college age players but her performances in training may earn her the faith of Borkowski and give her a chance to shine in Women's Premier Soccer League this year. That would make Lynch the youngest player ever to play in the 70-team national league .
FC Indiana announce 2014 open tryouts dates
DECEMBER 2, 2013 - FC Indiana, two-time WPSL and two-time US Open Cup champions, have announced an open tryout date for the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) team for the 2014 season.
The team will hold tryouts on Sunday, January 5 from noon-3 p.m. at Legacy Sports Club in Lafayette Indiana.
Players may register at a discounted rate of $30 prior to January 3, 2014. Walk up registrations on the day of the event will also be accepted for a $35 fee. Only registered players will be able to take the field and all players trying out must present a valid ID.
Since 2004, FC Indiana has helped develop 11 World Cup, 12 Olympic, and 56 national team players. Come and join the FC Indiana women’s program this summer to compete with and against some of the top players in the world.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 260-336-1915 to register.
FC Indiana youth teams do well at Indianapolis College Showcase
NOVEMBER 12, 2013 - FC Indiana U14 Girls team, playing in U15 division, comfortably won their group at the Indianapolis College Showcase, winning all of their games. Led by striking partnership of Mary Cate Varga and Kristina Lynch, the team beat Westfield United 10-0, Hoosiers FC 8-0 and Westside United 3-0. In goal McKenzie Wood earned three clean sheets.
FC Indiana U16 girls won 2-0 against Javanon (Kentucky), tied Lakshore Select (Michigan) 1-1, and lost 3-2 to Bollingbrook from Illinois.
Youth Advisory Board announced
OCTOBER 23, 2013 - FC Indiana announced today the establishment of the FC Indiana Youth Advisory Board. The board consists of women's and girls soccer coaches with deep passion for female player development and excellence.
The FC Indiana Youth Advisory Board includes college head coaches; Craig Roberts of Ball State University, Brad Evans of University of Toledo, Steve Brdarski of St Bonaventure University and Michael Voss of Grace College.
The focus of the FC Indiana Youth Advisory Board will be to provide support and direction as the Club looks to increase exposure and grow support for girls and women's soccer.
The FC Indiana Youth Advisory Board is a vital, external volunteer advisory board comprised of outstanding and key influential stakeholders whom the Club will rely upon for timely advice, insight, direction and action to help players and families achieve a shared vision of excellence nationally.
The FC Indiana Youth Advisory Board will work closely with the FC Indiana Front Office to achieve success in the following areas: technical, marketing, branding, events, and institutional relationships.
Shek Borkowski, Women's Technical Director for FC Indiana, had many positive things to say about the advisory board. "The creation of the FC Indiana Youth Advisory Board will provide a tremendous boost to northern Indiana youth players." He added, "The expertise, networking connections and passion for women's soccer that this board provides will be a great benefit as we work to field nationally competitive players and teams. I very much look forward to working with everyone both individually and collectively moving forward."
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