The Dayton Dutch Lions FC is pleased to announce its first 3 player signings for the upcoming Women’s Premier Soccer League. All three currently play their college soccer locally at the University of Dayton. Flyers signing for this summer are forward Meghan Blank, forward Alexis Kiehl and midfielder/defender Kaitlynn Kiehl.
Forward, Blank is returning to the Dutch Lions for her third season and will be a veteran with the squad. She had a strong fall season starting all 19 matches she played in and is looking to build on that success. “I cannot wait to get started and lend my experience to the team. I have worked with Coach Richardson in the past and believe we have the opportunity to advance in the playoffs. Expect good things from our squad”.
Forward, Kiehl started 42 games for the University of Dayton in the past two seasons, “I am very excited about the opportunity to play in a new environment with DDL and learn from new coaches and teammates. I look forward to competing in one of the most competitive amateur league in North America”. Teammate, sister and Mid/defender Kaitlynn appeared in 24 games during her career with the Flyers, “I love soccer and I want to continue to challenge myself to improve every day. I believe playing with DDL FC will be a great step to achieve my goals”.
Head Coach Ian Richardson shared the following, “It’s always great to have local players as the core of the team and I’m excited to return these three ladies for the summer”.
“Meghan and Alexis will be a handful up top for our opponents. The scoring ability, speed and quickness they bring to the pitch will give us a good foundation to excel in this league. Kaitlynn is a skillful player who simplifies the game, has an outstanding touch and brings added versatility to the team as she can play in several positions”.
This will be the Lions first season in the WPSL PDL, which is now the highest level of women’s amateur soccer in North America. The Women’s Premier Soccer League is an independent highly competitive national league whose main focus is on the development of premier women’s soccer teams. They have over 100 teams participating from all over the United States.
The WPSL also makes every effort to bring quality soccer to all levels of the community and to promote the stature of female athletes as role models for our youth. Through the years, our league has had many national open and amateur cup victories.
The WPSL was formed in 1998. It is sanctioned by the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA), who is an affiliate of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the ruling body of soccer in the United States and FIFA the world’s ruling body for soccer.
The women’s Lions home opener is May 22nd at 2:00 p.m. at DOC Stadium on the campus of West Carrollton High School.