By Alice Broadbent
With three games left to play, the Dayton Dutch Lions sit tightly in first place with 15 points after a fantastic season. 5 victories have set the Lions apart from their competitors. They have created an unreachable gap between themselves and the rest of the teams who are competing in the Valley region.
The Lions entered the WPSL as a new entry for the 2016 season after the termination of the W-league. Head Coach, Ian Richardson brought together a roster of 24 that provided him with both depth and experience. So far, the talented team have earnt an impressive 4 shut-outs and a total of 14 goals. Their determination and devotion has awarded them with a place in the regional pay-offs.
“The Dutch Lions success has been achieved due to the quality and depth of our roster. I'm in the privileged position where I can rest and rotate bodies as needed in order to keep everyone healthy and ready for playoffs.” Said, Richardson.
The philosophy that Richardson and his team abided by was to improve week-by-week. They faced opponents that’s were tougher than others, but, after hard-work and a driven mentality, the Lions were strong enough to become victorious.
The coaching staff and players are excited and currently preparing for the regional play-offs that will take place July 23.
Richardson has been pleased with the way his team have conducted themselves throughout the regular season and is now looking to motivate his team during the preparing weeks before the play-offs commence, he said,
“Dayton Dutch Lions set-out to be competitive in our conference with the aim of going as far as possible with this group of players. We’ll travel to regional playoffs thoroughly prepared for a very difficult weekend, with the intention of playing good soccer and coming away with a positive result.”
Co-Found of the WPSL, Jerry Zanelli said, “On behalf of the WPSL, we would like to congratulate the Dayton Dutch Lions on their successful season and we would like to wish them luck going forward into the regional play-offs.”