ILLINOIS PIASA CO-FOUNDER, CO-OWNER, AND GENERAL MANAGER, MATT WILLIAMS, SELLS REMAINING INTEREST IN CLUB TO FIELD SPORTS COMPLEX LLC

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PONTOON BEACH, ILLINOIS - April 8, 2014 - Illinois Piasa announced today that co-founder, co-owner, and longtime General Manager, Matt Williams, has sold his remaining interest in Illinois Piasa LLC, to Jose F. Delgado and The Field Sports Complex LLC (TFSC), effective immediately. The new ownership group plans to continue to grow throughout the region by competing at the highest level of professional indoor soccer. "From the bottom of my heart, and on behalf of my family, I want to say thank you to everyone who supported Piasa over the years! I grew up a huge fan of indoor soccer...

ILLINOIS PIASA DROP FINAL REGULAR SEASON HOME GAME 6-3 TO WICHITA B-52s

  PONTOON BEACH, IL. February 15, 2014 – The Illinois Piasa unleashed a furious three-goal rally late on Saturday night, but it wasn’t enough as they lost their final home game of the season 6-3 to the Wichita B-52s at The Field Sports Complex. The loss means Piasa will go into their final game of the season in Detroit with a frustrating 2-13 record, but the organization will feel like they’ve drawn many positives from this season in terms of player development. Wichita struck first with 9:56 to go in the first quarter. Striker Heivel Cordoles was picked out by...

ILLINOIS PIASA HANG ON FOR BIG 4-3 WIN OVER HARRISBURG HEAT

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  PONTOON BEACH, IL. February 8, 2014 – The Illinois Piasa rode a three-goal third quarter and then closed down on defense late to defeat the visiting Harrisburg Heat 4-3 on Saturday night at The Field Sports Complex. Zac Kittrell scored two goals and Alan Hagerty made 30 saves as the Piasa snapped a twelve-game losing streak and picked up their second win of the season. The Heat got on the board quickly, with midfielder Tyler Witmer finding the back of the net just 53 seconds into the match. Fellow midfielder Kaoru Forbess found Witmer with space and he was...

ILLINOIS PIASA DROP TOUGH LOSS TO CINCINNATI SAINTS 8-3

  PONTOON BEACH, IL. February 1, 2014 – The Illinois Piasa fought hard and were leading for a majority of the match on Saturday night, but a string of fourth quarter goals propelled the Cincinnati Saints to an 8–3 victory. The Piasa struck first as defender Greg Kranz found striker Muriz Smajic, who took advantage of out-of-position Saints goalkeeper Jamie Starr to tuck the ball into the net and give the home team the early advantage. The Piasa went on the power play with 5:25 to go in the quarter, but despite a number of chances, they were unable to double...

ILLINOIS PIASA FALL TO IN-STATE RIVALS CHICAGO MUSTANGS 13-1

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PONTOON BEACH, IL. January 11, 2014 – The Illinois Piasa showed plenty of heart in the face of adversity, facing the top team in the Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) in Ed Rulo’s interim head coaching debut on Saturday night. The Piasa hung tough with the undefeated Chicago Mustangs, but eventually fell 13-1 as Miguel Vaca picked up a hat trick for the visitors. Piasa goalkeeper Adam Balbi put in an impressive performance, facing 60 shots as the Piasa defense kept the score at 3-0 going into halftime. The speedy, talented Mustangs turned up the pressure in the second half...

ILLINOIS PIASA PART WAYS WITH HEAD COACH DOUG MONTROY

  PONTOON BEACH, IL. January 11, 2014 – Illinois Piasa announced today that they have parted ways with head coach and technical director Doug Montroy, effective immediately. Assistant coach Ed Rulo has been named interim head coach and will guide the club through the remaining five games in the 2013-2014 Professional Arena Soccer League season. “We are grateful for the hard work and dedication that Doug has put into this team since joining us this summer,” said Jose Delgado, Illinois Piasa co-owner. “As an organization, we expect every player and member of our staff to hold themselves to the highest standards on and...

ILLINOIS PIASA FALL 9-8 IN WICHITA TO THE B-52S

  Wichita, KS, 11/9/13 – Illinois Piasa started fast in their first road trip of the PASL season, against the Wichita B-52s, when defender John Anzalone opened the scoring at the 13:54 mark of the 1st quarter, off an assist from forward Greg Crook. Crook went diving head first at the ball that Anzalone played in and though he did not make contact, his effort was enough to distract Wichita’s goalkeeper, allowing the ball to sneak in. 27 seconds later Piasa struck again when forward Blake Ordell turned on his defender and put the ball in the far, lower corner, assisted...

ILLINOIS PIASA CRUISE TO VICTORY OVER THE TULSA REVOLUTION IN THEIR HOME OPENER

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Pontoon Beach, IL, 11/2/13 – Illinois Piasa cruised to victory over the Tulsa Revolution, 7-4, in their 2013-14 Professional Arena Soccer League season and home opener in front of 496 fans at The Field Sports Complex in Pontoon Beach, Illinois. Piasa jumped out to an early lead when forward Roger Gemoules, on a partial breakaway, scored just 29 seconds into the contest. Piasa added another goal at the 8:47 mark when Senad Cavka scored off an assist from Roger Gemoules. Tulsa scored their only goal of the first half when Franck Tayou scored off a rebound at the 14:35 mark...

ILLINOIS PIASA RE-SIGN FAN FAVORITE AND PASL VETERAN GREG CROOK

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Pontoon Beach, IL, 10/31/13 – Illinois Piasa have re-signed PASL veteran Greg Crook for the 2013-14 PASL season. Greg was born in Columbia, Illinois and played his youth soccer for national powerhouse St. Louis Scott Gallagher. He played high school soccer at Columbia High School where he earned All-Conference, All-Sectional, All-State, and All-Region honors. Greg went on to have a standout career as a goalkeeper at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville where he won a multitude of awards including being named All-American. He was the starting keeper for the SIUE team that played in the NCAA Division II National Championship game....

ILLINOIS PIASA RE-SIGN BOSNIAN BORN DEFENDER AND PASL VETERAN ALEN BRADARIC

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  Pontoon Beach, IL, 10/31/13 – Illinois Piasa is excited to announce that they have re-signed defender Alen Bradaric. Alen was born is Gradiska, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was a soccer standout at Affton High School is St. Louis where he was twice named to the All-District team. He was also an All-State performer and for the annual North/South All-Star game. Alen continued his career at Lindenwood University where he was twice named to the All-Conference and All-Region teams. He was also named All-American Honorable Mention. Alen has played in the PASL for both the St. Louis Illusion as well as...