Miami Kickers FC Win Home Openers Against Puerto Rico Capitals and Florida Surge   

South Florida WPSL Franchise Starts Out Strong    

Plantation, FL, June 8, 2009 – The Miami Kickers FC, the South Florida franchise of the Women's Premier Soccer League, opened up their 2009 season with two exciting and important victories at home against the Puerto Rico Capitals, Friday June 5, 2009, and Sunday, June 7, 2009 against the Florida Surge.             

Despite a rain delay on Friday, the Miami Kickers FC sailed past the Puerto Rico Capitals with a huge 7 -1 victory.   With a repeat weather performance on Sunday, the Miami Kickers FC battled fiercely and physically against the Florida Surge, and came out on top with a 2 – 0 victory.

"The Miami Kickers played two solid games against the Puerto Rico Capitals and the Florida Surge even though the field conditions were not the best due to inclement weather,” said Marc Miceli, Head Coach.   “We have recruited a number of new talented players to the Kickers for the 2009 season along with our seasoned nine returning players,” added Miceli. 

New to the Miami Kickers FC roster in 2009 is Sam Wright (Cornell University) she replaces Betty Ann Casey at forward this season and Sam is continuing in Casey's shoes as being one of the top scorers in the league.  Returning standouts include Alexis Hernandez (Nova Southeastern University) whose tenacity and versatility played a key role in both victories.  April Perry (FIU), Tamara Kocken (FIU) and Stacy Payne (Florida Gulf Coast) provided strength in the offensive battle in both games.   The Miami Kickers FC defense held back their opponents with returning Captains Deidre Bass (UM), Rochelle Willis (Princeton University), and Joanne McCaughey (Jacksonville State); along with new comers Kristin Chenault (USF) and Rachel Bueno (American Heritage).   Midfield players moved the ball very well with returning players, Elanna Brady (Barry University), and new comers Olivia Elias (Florida Gulf Coast University), Melony Poviones (American Heritage) and Stacy Payne (Florida Gulf Coast University). 

“I was extremely pleased with the overall performance by the entire team this past weekend, and look forward to this upcoming weekend’s match against Palm Beach United,” added Miceli.    


Upcoming Season Game Schedule

            Home/Away                Date                            Time                            Opponent

            Home                           June 14, 2009              7:00 pm                      Palm Beach United

            Home                           June 20, 2009              7:00 pm                      Thomasville Dragons

            Away                           June 27, 2009              7:00 pm                       Puerto Rico Capitals

            Away                           July 3, 2009                 7:30 pm                       Palm Beach United

            Home                           July 11, 2009               7:00 pm                       Clearwater Galactic

            Away                           July 18, 2009               5:00 pm                       Thomasville Dragons

            Away                           July 19, 2009               4:30pm                                    Florida Surge

2009 Roster

Name                          Number           Position           School

Deidra Bass                 17                    D-M-F              University of Miami

Aija Trent-Binder         4                      D                     Saint Leo University

Elenna Brady               12                    M-F                  Barry University

Jessica Brown              5                      D-M                 American Heritage School - Plantation

Rachel Bueno              16                    D                     American Heritage School - Plantation

Amanda Campbell       2                      D                     Nova Southeastern University

Kristin Chenault           21                    D                     University of South Florida

Samantha Cromartie    1                      GK                   Barry University

Olivia Elias                  6                      M-F                  Florida Gulf Coast University

Natalie Feller               0                      GK                   Lynn University

Jessica Gambill                        14                    D                     Florida International University

Chrissy Gratz               26                    F                      Eastern Carolina University

Alexis Hernandez        23                    M-F                  Nova Southeastern University

Christine Hy                39                    GK                   Nova Southeastern University

Tamara Kochen                       10                    M-F                  Florida International University

Stacey Kroleski                        15                    D                     Florida International University

Christiane Lessa           11                    M                     Saint Thomas University

Joanna McCaughey     20                    D-M-F              Jacksonville State University

Sarah Mendelsberg      24                    M-F                  Lynn University

Damarys Mendez         14                    M-F                  Barry University

Lianna Miller               00                    GK                   Darton College

Emily Moseley             30                    D-M                 Appalachian State University

Stacy Payne                 7                      M-F                  Florida Gulf Coast University

April Perry                   27                    D-M                 Florida International University

Melony Poviones         29                    M-F                  American Heritage School - Plantation

Stephanie Quinones     8                      M                     Nova Southeastern University

Marie Savage               28                    M                     Saint Andrews Presbyterian College

Natalie Simon              29                    F                      Stetson University

Laurie Thomas                         26                    M-F                  Florida International University

Rochelle Willis                        3                      D                     Princeton University

Sam Wright                  19                    D-M                 Cornell University

Marc Micelli - Coach

Braulio Garro - Assistant Coach

All Miami Kickers home games are played at American Heritage School in Plantation.   Admittance is $8 for adults and $4 for children.   All club, recreational, and high school players wearing team shirts or jerseys will be admitted free.   Players are also welcome to meet the Miami Kickers players after each game or at their weekly practices.    

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About the Miami Kickers and the WPSL

The Miami Kickers is the South Florida Franchise for the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL). 

The WPSL is an independent national league whose main focus is on the development of highly competitive amateur women's soccer teams.

The WPSL also makes every effort to bring quality soccer tall all levels of the community and to promote the stature of female athletes as role models for our youth.      

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