In the weekend of March 12 and 13 the Dayton Dutch Lions FC U15 Girls, U15 Boys and U18 Boys participated in the Southern Indiana College Showcase in Evansville, Indiana.
The U15 Girls tied both games on Saturday and won their Sunday game 2-0. Coach Bruno looked back at the weekend and said, ““I think the girls did a great job throughout the weekend, the young ladies presented three solid and consistent performances. More important than the scores was the way we played and the improvement that I’ve noticed on all of them since we started back in November. On the ball the girls showed maturity and confidence, they never lost their focus and criterion, was pleasant to watch for me as a coach the dynamic and passing game, always with the correct intention to play. On defense is true that we conceded a couple of goals but the organization was good, the girls were able to keep the team balanced and composed for the majority of the matches. After all I think we should all be proud of them, they are playing good soccer with confidence, we just need to keep our feet on the ground and continue our journey, knowing that there’s still a lot to work and improve.”
The U15 Boys faced some strong competition throughout the weekend and ended the weekend with a 0-2-1 record. Coach Sid analyzed the weekend and said, “We faced some good opposition this weekend and that is great for us. We reacted well to our first loss with a strong second half in our second game and in our third game we registered our best performance of the entire weekend. We looked confident on the ball and played a lot more aggressive when defending. After every game we talked about what needed improvement and the boys reacted well. I am confident we are a better team now then we where before the showcase.”
The U18 boys started with a loss on Saturday and registered two ties in their next two game. About the performance of the boys in their games, coach Bruno had the following to say, “I think despite the first game, where we struggled with a more direct style of soccer based on the physicality and long balls, the boys did well. The second game was absolutely terrific, was perhaps the best game I ever see them play so far, very organized on defense and with an amazing dynamic on the ball, the boys have controlled the entire match in all the aspects, just miss a goal to be a perfect game, but was amazing not just for me as their coach but for everyone present to watch that game. The last game we had some moments of good soccer but we aren’t able to be consistent what ended up hurting us at the end. Overall was a positive weekend, the main objective was achieved, give these young men’s the opportunity to show their potential and talent to the college coaches present at the event, and at the same time assimilate better our ideas and get ready for the rest of the season.”
The Dayton Dutch Lions FC high school teams will return to action this weekend with their Buckeye games, all at DOC Stadium on Saturday March 19th.