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The Long Island Fury of the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) is very pleased to welcome back 15-year-old teen sensation Karin Simonian to the lineup for the 2009 season. Karin, a resident of Westbury, will turn 16 on May 10 and again be playing against opponents a decade older during the WPSL season.

"It is so exciting playing with the Long Island Fury and some great players like Kelly Henderson, Lorraine Quinn plus Christina and Gina DiMartino," said Karin. "Then, after I scored in one of the home games, some kids came up to me and asked for my autograph. I thought that was pretty cool!"

Karin is a student at W.T. Clarke High School and plays on the United States Girls-Under-15 National Team and the Long Island Junior Soccer League's Albertson Fury Premier 92. Last month, she was named to the U.S. Women's National Team Under 17 Player Pool.

"Karin has a unique quality--she can change the game at any time. Fantastic shots with a great goal sense makes her prolific around the box," Long Island Fury coach Paul Riley said. "She is intelligent, crafty and causes unbelievable problems for opposing defenses. A big-time player with a big-time future."

Karin has been honored as a NSCAA Youth All-American plus All-County and All-State. When asked what her best moment on a soccer field has been, she replied, "In one of my high school varsity games when my team was fighting for a playoff spot, we were losing 4-0 at half time. I scored five goals in 25 minutes and assisted on another goal to win the game 6-4."

The sky is the limit for Karin, who scored two goals for the Fury as a 14-year-old in 2007 and doubled that to four goals last year.


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