Crunch time arrives for local soccer teams

Dayton Dutch Lions women’s coach Mike Tucker doesn’t measure success simply by wins.

“My goal was to help these kids get ready for their college season,” Tucker said. “We know how difficult it is to stay fit on your own. After playing this season, their touch is much better, their decision making too.”

It took some time for the Dutch Lions, 2-3-0, to gel, but Tucker has seen a major shift in recent weeks.

“The last couple of weeks have been a lot of fun, the kids have really come together,” he said. “I’ve also seen a lot of friendships form.”

Local players have come up big for the Dutch Lions as Jordan Foster, a Fairborn High School graduate and Eastern Kentucky University forward, and Macy Hamblin, a Northern Kentucky University forward from Fairfield, have provided much of the offense.

The Dutch Lions women — on the road this weekend — have one home game left on the schedule as they will host first-place Fire & Ice SC on July 7 at 5 p.m. at DOC Stadium. They close the season on the road against the Cincinnati Sirens on July 15.

Dutch Lions men: It's coming down to the wire for the Dutch Lions men's team.

“It’s definitely crunch time,” coach Marcus Rixon said. “Every game is important, every point is important.”

The 4-5-1 Dutch Lions sit in third place in the Central Conference Great Lakes Division with four games remaining. The next home contest is July 10 at 7 p.m. against the Cincinnati Dutch Lions.

“We are very competitive this year and we have been all season,” Rixon said. “We can pick up points in every one of those games.”

Dayton Dynamo: Dayton added Cedarville University goalkeeper Ethan Dewhurst this week to fill the spot of Paulo Pinto, who recently moved out of the area.

Defender Eric Hutton, who has missed three weeks because of injury, will return to the starting lineup this weekend as the first-place Dynamo (5-2-3), travel to Pittsburgh to face Fort Pitt Regiment (1-7-0) on Saturday.

A pair of Dynamo players posted their first goals of the season in Sunday’s 3-3 draw against FC Buffalo as veteran defender Baye Kebe and Centerville native Brad Schluter both found the net.