“We are really hoping to make it fun for everyone from all walks of life,” Satterwhite said.
Dutch Lions improved
While the Dayton Dutch Lions FC are not newcomers, the USL Premier Development League squad is still a work in progress.
“We made a huge improvement, compared with last season,” General Manager Koen Driessen said. “The combination of local talent and some internationals with a lot of experience resulted in a strong season. Unfortunately we couldn’t be consistent.”
The Dutch Lions finished 4-5-5 in the Great Lakes Division. Wright State senior Eric Lynch led the team in scoring with six goals and six assists.
“Our focus is to build and maintain excellent relationships with the universities and high schools,” Driessen said. “The final goal is to turn a relationship into a strong partnership. The long-term goal is to have both the men’s and women’s teams qualify for the playoffs or even go for the title.”
After much positive feedback this season, the Dutch Lions plan to have a theme for every home game next season. Events this year ranged from Academy Awards to Military Appreciation night.
DDL women still playing
The Dayton Dutch Lions women’s team, which clinched the Valley Conference with a 6-1-1 record, are Chicago-bound for the Central Region playoffs. Dayton faces the host Chicago Red Star Reserves on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Michigan Chill and FC Dallas play at 4:30 p.m. Winners advance to the regional final Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
The Red Star Reserves are the defending WPSL champions and won the Heartland Conference with a 7-0-1 record.