Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00
In soccer, size doesn’t always matter.
Just take one look at Long Island Fury striker Karin Simonian, who at 5’2 has turned into a scoring terror in the Women’s Premier Soccer League this season.
Through the Fury’s first four games, Simonian has struck four times to tie Elena Falcone for the team-lead in goals with four goals apiece.
Simonian has played a key role in the Fury’s success this season.
“Karin’s a versatile football player,” assistant coach Mike DeMarkis said. “ She can find those windows of opportunity to get that shot, especially when the windows are very small. She can get her shot off and get it on goal. She is good at being direct in terms of getting at
players and taking players on. She is a spark like that for us.
“She reads the game very well. When she’s on, she’s very, very hard to get ahold on in terms of a defender. She’s hard to get the ball off her foot, her low center of gravity, strong on the ball. She can find the seams connecting with the other forwards and midfielders. She brings a lot to the game and to the team,” DeMarkis continued.
This is the first time since 2010 Simonian has been able to play for the Fury. She attended summer school at Notre Dame, where she has become a standout player for the Fighting Irish. She will be a senior this fall.
But for the summer, Simonian is focused on becoming a better player.
“I want to be game fit, be strong be mentally fit, physically fit and hope we have a great season next year at Notre Dame,” she said.
Perennially one of the strongest WPSL teams, the two-time champion Fury (2006 and 2009), hopes to duplicate that feat this season.
“This season is going to be a real good one,” Simonian said. “I feel really confident in our team. It’s going to be a great year for us.”