Trophy Case



​Back Row (l to r): Coach Tommy, Vanessa Pasqualitto, Alicia Lee, Natasha Filntissis, Emily Lazenby, Andrea Bougiouklis, Jahmoia Henderson, Melissa Lamanna, Ariel Young, Caitlyn Adam
Front Row (l to r): Rylee Traicoff, Miranda Reiger, Sydney Brough, Taylor Watson, Jayde Riviere, Maliah De Rosario

The Markham FC 2001 OPDL Girls rolled over the competition at the recent CASL Showcase in Raleigh, North Carolina, winning all three divisional matches to capture the Elite Silver Division (Dec. 2-4).  Club Head Coach, Tommy Bianchi, commented, "This was a fantastic year for the group where they ended up winning 4 major trophies. Winning at the Umbro Showcase Tournament, capturing the Eastern Conference of the OPDL, our Charity Shield victory and finally, this showcase win caps the season on a very high note. I am happy with the consistency that the group displayed. We played well all year long and battled through some injury concerns. The sky is the limit for this group and I look forward to seeing how they progress." 

Game summaries are below.

Game 1 - Markham FC 2 - Carolina Rapids Academy (Cornelius, North Carolina) 1

The game was an intense battle between Markham FC 2001 Girls and the Carolina Rapids. Markham dominated possession early on and created numerous scoring chances. It was Jahmoia Henderson who scored just before the break to give Markham the lead. As the second half started, Markham continued to press offensively. Rylee Traicoff scored the second Markham tally on a great play as she made an overlapping run from her fullback role and fired the ball into the near corner. Carolina did not lie down though. They pressed forward and scored a goal from a corner kick to cut the lead in half. Markham had to hold off a late push from the Rapids to secure the victory. 

Game 2 - Markham FC 4 -  Loudoun SC (Leesburg, Virginia) 0

A game in which many thought Markham would be the underdog, however, it was the team from Virginia who suffered from first whistle to last. The OPDL Charity Shield champions started the game off the front foot and never looked back. First half
goals from Jahmoia Henderson and Melissa Lamanna were followed up by second half goals from Andrea Bougioulkis and Sydney Brough.

Game 3 - Markham FC 3 vs Cape Coral Soccer Academy (Coral, Florida) 0

A physical team from Florida made life extremely difficult for Markham early on. It was not until Jayde Riviere pounced on a loose ball and fired it into the top corner of the net. Maliah De Rosario made a great run down the left flank and completed a low cross to Natasha Filntissis who slotted home the second goal. Melissa Lamanna scored the third and final goal as she collected the ball off a quick throw in and cut into the box firing the ball into the far corner of the net. Goalkeeper Caitlyn Adam capped off her tournament with a second clean sheet. 


​Front Row (l to r): Eric McGlynn, Carson Guddat, Antony Huang, Jacob Castillo, Junewoo Kim
​Back Row (l to r): Coach TK, Ali Premji, Vincent Servinis, Eric Hammell, Andreas Ciano, Marco Aprile, Luca Delapa, Luca Ragozzo, Joshua Ogobor

The U15 Boys OPDL squad captured the Premiere Black division with two wins and a draw at the CASL Boys Showcase in Raleigh, North Carolina (Nov. 18-20). Game summaries are below.

Game 1 - Markham FC 3 - Space City Football Club (Houston, TX) 1

Markham FC Goalscorers:
Junewoo Kim, Antony Huang, Luca Delapa

Markham dominated play throughout the game, resulting in 2-0 halftime lead scored by Junewoo and Antony. The team in the 2nd half began a bit slow and SCFC was pushing for a goal but as the half went along things settled.  Luca Delapa scored a beautiful free kick from approx 25 yards out that bent over and around the wall into the top corner. Houston finally scored with 3 mins remaining on a scramble in front of the net.

Game 2 - Markham FC 2 -  Pinecrest Premier SC (Miami, FL) 0

Markham FC Goalscorers:
Carson Guddat, Luca Delapa

Markham faced a very sound technical team but established the tempo right from the beginning. In the 25th minute Markham capitalized on a nice cross played in from Junewoo  that Carson got his head onto and beat the keeper. 1-0 at the half. In
the 2nd half, the Miami team could not match up to the size, speed, and strength of Markham FC and the Markham Boys easily could have made it 3-4 nil on missed chances, but they capped off the game scoring on a nice counter attack that began with Josh Ogobor finding Carson who then set up Luca Delapa just inside the 18 yard box to hit in a first timer into the back of the net.
Game 3 - Markham FC 1 vs Triangle Futbol Club Alliance (Raleigh, NC) 1

Markham FC Goalscorer:
Carson Guddat

This game would determine who won the Group as TFCA needed the win while Markham FC just needed a tie to clinch the group. The game began once again with Markham FC dictating the play and despite dominating with numerous failed chances to hit the net the game remained 0-0 at half time as TFCA did not register a shot on goal compared to Markham's 5.

The 2nd half continued to be in Markham's advantage as the team missed a breakaway, hit the post and a ball cleared off the line. TFCA capitalized on an errant Markham FC pass in the midfield that allowed the TFCA player to intercept the ball and hit a solid shot past a helpless Ali Premji, the only shot registered for the Tennessee team.  

As the minutes ticked away, Markham changed their tactics by going with a 3 man formation in the defence, mounting a full out attack to look for the equalizer and with less than 10 minutes remaining in the game. The squad executed a perfectly played through ball in which Carson Guddat timed his run through the midfield catching the TFCA back line flatfooted. The assistants flag went up for an offside but the referee over-ruled the call on the play waiving it off as Carson's run was onside. Carson goes all alone with the keeper and puts it past him for the tie.

Markham, despite only needing a tie ‎went back to their 4 man defence but continued to push for the winner and despite chance after chance, could not find the net for an additional marker to ice the match victory.

The team travelled with 13 players due to injuries and played 3 games in 3 days. Four players from the 2002 OPDL Markham FC squad joined the 2001 boys group for the tournament.

From the 2002 team: Marco Aprile (M/D), Eric McGlynn (M), Ali Premji (GK), Luca Ragozzo (D)
From the 2001 squad: Jacob Castillo (D), Andreas Ciano (M), Luca Delapa (M), Carson Guddat (F), Eric Hammell (D), Antony Huang (F), Junewoo Kim (M/F), Joshua Ogobor (F), Vincent Servinis (D)
Head coach, Tommy Kouzmanis, commented, "The tournament was well organized, weather was warm and sunny‎ during the day, with fall-like temperatures in the evening. I was very pleased with the way the group performed throughout the weekend."  
The team hotel was right beside the campus of NC State University and the team attended an NHL game at PNC Arena as the Carolina Hurricanes hosted the Montreal Canadiens.

The 2001 OPDL Girls capped off their season with a victory over Aurora in the U15 Charity Shield match held on November 5 at the Soccer Centre.

Markham opened the scoring as team scoring-leader Jahmoia Henderson, found the net early in the first half of the match. As the second half got under way, Markham continued to press the issue but could not find another goal. 

With 20 minutes remaining in the second frame, Aurora would earn a free kick just outside the Markham penalty area. Keeper Caitlyn Adam pushed away the dangerous curling shot.  Aurora found themselves in a similar situation with 10 minutes remaining when another free kick was awarded on the edge of the box. Aurora levelled at 1-1 with six minutes left in the match that would send both teams to penalties.

Vanessa Pasqualitto, Jayde Riviere, Emily Lazenby and Jahmoia Henderson all converted for Markham while Caitlyn pushed away one chance and an additional Aurora shooter sailed over the bar to clinch the championship match for Markham.

The Markham FC 2001 Girls completed their 2016 campaign at the top of the table in the OPDL Eastern Conference with a record of 14 wins, 4 draws and 3 losses. 

Over the course of the season, goalkeeper Caitlyn Adam led all OPDL 2001 Girls keepers with 12 clean sheets and surrendered a stingy 11 goals in 20 matches. Jahmoia Henderson was the top sniper for the group with 15 behind a balanced attack that sported 10 different players with at least one goal during the season. The team finished with a goal differential of 39 (50 goals for; 11 against).


The Markham Lightning 2000 boys captured the Ontario Youth Soccer League championship on Sunday, October 3 by thrashing Ottawa South United by a 4-1 score in the penultimate match. The squad will now represent the league in the Ontario/Quebec Cup on October 8th & 9th. They advanced to the final in a nailbiter over North Mississauga, winning the semi-final by a 2-1 count.


The 2003 Boys Lightning Black captured their second tournament championship this past weekend after defeating Brampton by a 2-0 score in the final match. The squad went undefeated in five games to capture the hardware.

Coach Rick Harrison commented, "The boys have really started to gel in the second half of the season and have gone 15 straight matches without a defeat." The team have advanced to the finals in three tournaments this year, winning two (Richmond Hill Challenge Cup and West Rouge Challenge)


The 2003 Lightning Boys Black cruised through undefeated at the Scarborough West Rouge tournament to win the gold division championship. Congratulations!

2015-16 INDOOR 

2000 Boys win Provincial Indoor League Championship! Markham Lightning Boys 2000 team captured the Provincial Indoor Soccer League U17 Boys Championship and the U17 division title.  The boys played 12 games in total and won 9 games with 3 draws.  The final championship match was played against the Toronto Lynx 2000 which Marham won in penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw.  The boys worked hard during the winter season and will continue to do so in the OYSL this summer under the coaching guidance of Richard Alexander, Sina Azimi and Andrew Cairns. Congratulations team!


1999 LIGHTNING BOYS CAPTURE YRSL LEAGUE CROWNThe Markham Lightning U16 Boys captured the 2015 outdoor YRSL Division 1 League Championship with a record of 13 wins, 1 tie and 2 losses. The squad, coached by Dave McLeish, Bill Karpouzis and Gus Douzenis, finished the 16-game campaign with 61 goals for with only 19 surrendered. Congrats to the squad.

UNDER 14 GIRLS REACH FINALS OF MCGARRIGLE CUPThe 2001 Lightning Black girls were Finalists at this year's McGarrigle Cup. With a bench of only twelve, the girls battled Newmarket to a 1-1 tie in regulation, only to see Newmarket taking the game on PKs.Congratulations to Carlie, Heather, Christina, Joy (injured), Sabrina, Briana, Hannah (injured), Kathleen, Paige, Shannon (injured), Sabrina (absent), Caitlin (absent), Adriana, Faith, Michelle, Kayla (injured), Faith and Sophie for a great game!

1999 BOYS FINALISTS AT MCGARRIGLE FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE SEASONFront (L-R): Asst. Coach Bill Karpouzis, Joey Solymos, Michael Spada, Aakash Jeyakumar, Thomas Karpouzis, Tyler Seto, Asst. Coach Gus Douzenis.   Rear (L-R): Head Coach David McLeish, Michael Lamanna, Daniel Boduryan, Payton McLeish, Ashaun Taylor,  Marco Douzenis, Alessandro Colangelo, Zoraiz Jahan, Alex Spada. Missing: Manager Eva Turco-Douzenis, Michael Tairoski, Randy Su, Tristan Johnson.The 1999 boys represented the Markham Soccer Club at the McGarrigle Cup Final for the third straight year, but lost  4-1 to Vaughan Azzurri at Georgina Fields in Lake Simcoe.  It was only their second loss of the season, but a tough one nonetheless. Our only solace on this day was a highlight-reel 25-yard blast from Ashaun Taylor, late in the second half.  The coaches are very proud of how hard the boys battled under extreme conditions and with only two substitutes on the bench. Congratulations on a great run again this season and let's hope "fourth time's a charm" next year.2004 LIGHTNING GIRLS SQUADS CHAMPS AND FINALISTS IN MICHIGANCongratulations to the U11 girls Black & Gold teams on their great success at the Michigan Rush Kick-Off Classic Tournament in Northville, Michigan during the weekend of Aug 8-9, 2015! 

The 2004 Lightning Black captured Blue Division Championship with a PK victory over Waza FC.  In the round robin portion of the tournament, they went undefeated earning them a direct spot into their championship game versus Waza FC, who were also undefeated coming out of their bracket.  Black drew first blood in the first half only to have Waza FC reply in the second half to tie the game.  It would stay that way after regulation and overtime, sending the match to penalties.  Both teams scored on their first attempts but Markham scored on their next two PK's while keeper, Aaliyah Kamdar, shut them down in goal with a little help from the post on Waza's second PK attempt and then making two fantastic saves on Waza’s third and fourth attempts to capture the Blue Division Championship in what was a very exciting final!

The Gold team played in the White Division Championship after a round robin record of 2 wins and 1 loss earning an automatic spot into the finals.  The girls suffered their only defeat to Canton during round robin play with a 3-0 loss and would face them again in the championship game, so they were looking forward to the rematch.  The game finished scoreless after regulation time and for most of overtime.  With just a couple minutes left, Canton was able to capitalize and score to take the final. The Markham Girls showed amazing effort and resilience that made for an exciting rematch and earned them a fantastic result as finalist in the White Division Championship.

UNDER 12 GIRLS CAPTURE EMPIRE CUPOn June 19-21, 2015, the Markham Lightning Black GU12 team travelled to Webster, New York to participate in the 2015 Empire Cup, part of the Lakefront Classic tournament.  They faced some stiff competition in the Empire Division facing teams ranked 3rd, 6th and 10th in the western New York state region.  In the championship game, they defeated the WesternNew York State Cup Champions, Empire Revolution Rochester.  A big congratulations to Coach George Filntissis and his players who played their hearts out against bigger and older girls to bring home the hardware.  

U14 GIRLS FINALISTS AT STRATFORDThe 2001 Lightning Black girls finished in second place after round robin play and moved on to face the host Stratford squad on Sunday morning. A 3-0 victory saw the team advance to the final.  Waterloo took a 2-0 lead at the half, but the girls battled back in an exciting and entertaining second frame. The final tally was 3-1 for Waterloo.The team officials wanted to extend a special thanks to the families for a great weekend away and congratulations to Heather, Christina, Joy, Carlie, Sabrina, Briana, Hannah, Kathleen, Paige, Shannon, Sabrina, Caitlin (missing), Adriana, Faith, Michelle, Kayla, Faith and Sophie for a fantastic weekend of soccer!

99 BOYS GET A GREAT HEADSTART AT FRANK SOBIL TOURNEYThe Markham Lightning 1999 Boys team were finalists in the 2015 Frank Sobil Spring Classic Tournament, held in Oshawa May 9-10, 2015.  The team ended the preliminary round in 2nd place overall and beat the Clarkson Comets in the semi-finals 1-0, before losing 2-0 in the final to Ajax FC Red with only one hour rest in between! With some new players on the roster this season, the team gelled very quickly, competing with three CSL-level teams in the Top Flite division of the tournament.  The coaches are very proud of their boys’ efforts over this weekend of five games and appreciate the support of all of the families – especially on Mother’s Day! 

2014-15 INDOOR

U11 GIRLS REPRESENT CLUB AT PARADEThe 2004 Girls Team displayed amazing holiday spirit by representing our soccer club at the annual Markham Santa Claus Parade this year.  All the girls, along with parents and coaching staff, made a huge impact with their singing, Santa Hats and gifts for the large crowd at the annual event. The teams proudly wore their club attire and were fantastic ambassadors. This could not have been achieved without the tireless dedication of our parent volunteers. 

LAURA GOSSE LIGHTS IT UP AT CENTRAL MICHIGANThis is a great article on our own Laura Gosse, a current MSC player on our OWSL Provincial team AND a coach for our younger Lightning players, as she sets new standards for competitive play and leadership for Central Michigan.Central Michigan Gosse Article


2000 BOYS WIN THE DOUBLE - CSL L3 & CSL CUPThe Markham Lightning 2000 Boys have not only emerged as the winners of their L3 division of the Central Soccer League (CSL) but have also won the CSL Cup.  All the boys have worked exceptionally hard all season with a record of 18 wins and 1 loss (91 goals for and 8 goals against) in both the CSL league and the CSL Cup rounds combined.  They will be promoted into the OYSL and Coaches Richard Alexander and Andrew Cairns will continue to work hard on developing the team for the next level.  We wish them luck! 

ANDOLINA, FILNTISSIS AND KOS SELECTED TO ATTEND TRY-OUT CAMPOn September 13th, 2014, seven players from the Markham Lightning Girls 2003 Black team went the open try-outs for the Danone Nations Cup for the 2015 Canadian team entry.  There were 400 girls and boys aged 10-12 at the try-outs competing for one of the 45 positions to advance to the try-out camp for the Ontario Team. The club is proud that Juliana Andolina, Chrissie Filntissis and Emma Kos were selected to move on to the Ontario Team try-outs to be held in March 2015. This process is the next step towards selecting TEAM CANADA for the 2015 Danone Nations Cup. 

The 2002 Lightning Girls Black captured the top flight in the 37th Annual NOSO Cup International Tournament this past July in North Olmsted, Ohio. Playing in the 2001/2 flight, their competition was a good representation of teams in the area and the Markham Girls were victorious in all games played. They scored 24 goals and only allowed 3 against.  Coach Francesco Carriero and Assistant Coaches John Tsarvenkov and Joe Turco were extremely proud of all the girls hard work and determination.  Congratulations girls on your victory!!

'97 BOYS FINISH THIRD AT OTTAWA SHOWCASEOur U17 Boys travelled to Ottawa over the August long weekend to participate in the Ottawa "Showcase of Champions" and captured the consolation final match to finish 3rd out of 8 teams in the tournament. The team currently competes in the Level 4 Premier division of the Central Soccer League and the boys accomplished this finish against Level 1 and Level 3 teams in this heralded showcase event. Congratulations.

U14 BOYS CHAMPS AT ROBBIE INTERNATIONALCongratulations to the Markham Lightning 2000 Boys for their determination and hard work to win the 48th Annual Robbie International Soccer Tournament, the largest Youth Charity Soccer Tournament in the World (In Support of Cystic Fibrosis Research).  The squad did not surrender a single goal throughout the entire tournament (five games) which included the championship match which was a 1-0 win over Dixie Athletics. Coaches Richard Alexander and Andrew Cairns stress the importance of total team defence as well as total team offence which allows the whole team to share in the defensive effort of eliminating goals scored.

LIGHTNING 2001 GIRLS FINALISTS AT STRATFORD TILTThe Markham Lightning 2001 Girls were finalists at the June 14/15 Stratford Classic. After wins against Waterloo (1-0) and Woolwich (2-0), and a 0-0 tie against Chatham on Saturday, the girls played Stratford in the semi-final on Sunday morning and vanquished the hosts by a 2-0 score to set up a rematch with Chatham in the final tilt. The girls played fantastic possession soccer, but were unable to match Chatham’s sole tally late in the first half. Congratulations to the girls for a great weekend of soccer and a perfect Father’s Day gift! 

UNDER 17 BOYS VICTORIOUS IN MITDespite entering the tournament shorthanded, the B97 Black squad emerged with more hardware at the recent Mississauga International by coming from behind to notch a 2-1 victory over the Brampton Blast in the penultimate match. Mustafa Bendago tallied both markers by eluding the Blast defenders on consecutive passes from Marco Magnante and Jamie Hicks. Over the weekend, the squad scored 16 times while only surrendering 3 goals to their opponents.

96 BOYS CAPTURE WEST NIAGARA CROWNAt the West Niagara Invitational Tournament the 1996 Boys emerged as Champions after going undefeated. The team displayed a positive brand of soccer, exhibited poise and precision and showed a tremendous will to win. The team gives special thanks to Technical Coach Tommy Bianchi for his contributions in developing the technical skills and tactical knowledge that made the odds ever in their favour. Congratulations to the young men who showed that training hard and being committed to the team leads to achieving goals. They made their coaches and parents – especially the moms on their special day – very proud of them. 


The Markham Lightning 2000 Boys Black steamrolled the competition at the prestigious Adidas Blue Chip Showcase in Ohio. This pre-season event culminated in four victories in four games, with only one goal conceded throughout the tournament. Coaches Richard Alexander and Andrew Cairns were very pleased with the results and hope that this is an indicator of things to come for the 2014 season.

2013-14 INDOOR

1997 BOYS FINALISTS AT HANGAR HOLIDAY TOURNEYCongrats to the 97 Boys for finishing as finalists to KNSC in the Hangar Holiday Classic, losing by only 5-4 in penalties. Before the final, the boys gave everyone a thrilling must-win victory over Brampton East when Marco Magnante tied the game with 10 minutes left off a penalty resulting from Christian Basler’s stellar dummy that forced the defender to bring him down in the box. Then with a minute left to play, Marco struck again bending a corner kick into the far upper corner of the opponent’s net.    


Our 2003 Boys Gold squad dropped a heartbreaker in the finals at the Richmond Hill Challenge Cup tourney. Great way to end the season boys!!

LIGHTNING '02 GIRLS GOLD CAPTURE RICHMOND HILL HARDWAREOur U11 Girls Gold team scored a late second half goal in the Finals to send the game to penalties. In the shootout, the team prevailed 3-2 to take home the title! Congratulations to all the girls on a wonderful victory to cap an outstanding season.

1999 BOYS FINALISTS AT McGARRIGLE CUPFront (L-R): Payton McLeish, Connor Sleeth, Thomas Karpouzis, Tristan Johnson, Michael Spada, Randy Su, Daniel Boduryan,  Asst. Coach Gus Douzenis.Rear (L-R): Asst. Coach Bill Karpouzis, Head Coach David McLeish, Marco Douzenis, Keagan Keung, Jelani Small, Michael Lamanna, Michael Tairoski, Tyler Seto, Marc Buono, Mason GonsalvesMissing: Manager Eva Turco-Douzenis.Our boys lost a hard fought 3-1 Cup Final to league-leading KNSC on a beautiful, sunny day in Lake Simcoe. After taking a 1-0 lead early in the 1st half on a blast by Michael Tairoski, KNSC scored late in the half. However, the KNSC speed burned us early in the 2nd half as our opponents took a 2-1 lead.  A late insurance goal put the game away.  The coaches are very proud of how hard ourboys fought, and showed their class throughout.  

Congrats to the players and coach Sina

The 1998 Girls progressed through the entire weekend at Lake Simcoe without surrendering a goal in capturing their first tournament championship this season.

The 2002 Boys Black travelled to Northville, Michigan on Aug 9-11 to participate in the Michigan Rush Classic.  The tournament format was that each team plays 3 round robin games and only the top team in each bracket advances to the finals, making every round robin game even more intense.  The boys went 3 and 0 to advance to the finals, scoring 18 goals for and 0 goals against.  And more importantly, they played great football along the way which attracted many compliments from other teams and spectators who made it a point to come back and watch the boys in action. We faced a determined Chill SBC club in the finals and although we controlled most of the play, Chill found a way to hang and we finished both regulation and extra time in a 3-3 stalemate. Penalty kicks even went into sudden death, well beyond the first 5 shooters, and after a missed shot by Chill, Jalen Maillet-Nelson stepped up and put away the winning goal, to give the boys a nail biting but well deserved victory.

Well done ladies!

Lightning struck a second time for the BU16 team as they won the Aurora Can-Am Challenge defeating the host team, Aurora, in thefinal 3-0. Team MVP Christian Basler scored two goals in the final to lead the way to a comfortable victory. The round-robin was much closer and the team distinguished itself by not allowing a single goal in the entire tournament. Thanks to a great defence and some spectacular saves by keeper, Michael Norcia.

The U10 (2003) Boys Black team coached by Anthony Colangelo, Lucio Campolongo, Alfie Colangelo competed in the recent Collingwood tournament battling their way to the finals. It was a great experience for boys who worked very hard playing six games in two days. Well done boys!