Rovers Looking Forward After Disappointing Season
Despite Results Development Achieved
Rovers Defeat Bantams 1-0
Unbeaten Streak Moves to Five
Rovers Defeat SC United Bantams 1-0
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Derby City Rovers extended their unbeaten streak to five with a 1-0 home victory over South Carolina United Bantams Saturday night at Woehrle Field.
Penalty kicks produced the difference in the game, with each team getting one in opposite halves, and each with different results.
In the first half it was the Rovers who got the benefit of the referee’s whistle. Forward Alejandro Garcia received a pass on the left side, beat a defender and dribbled into the box where he was taken down. Garcia stepped up and took the kick himself, placing it to the left side of the goal, past diving Bantams keeper Brandon Costa.
The Rovers controlled the first half, outshooting the visitors 9-5, and held a 5-1 advantage on corner kicks.
SC United got aggressive in the second half, going on the forefoot from the start with three offensive minded subs at halftime. They controlled possession and carved out a few chances, but nothing that caused many issues for the Rovers’ defense.
The Bantams chance to equalize came in the 55’ after a Rovers player was whistled for a handball in the box. Midfielder Zach Acree took the kick, but Rovers PDL team of the week goalkeeper Dalyan Hawes was up to the task and dove low to his right to keep the ball out of the corner of the goal.
The Rovers would get a few chances as the half wore on, including two breakaways by Shaquille Hamilton, due to SC United pushing numbers forward toward the end. The home side outshot the visitors 17-8 on the game, with an 8-4 advantage on corners. Costa finished with eight saves for Bantams, while Hawes added six of his own.
The win extends the Rovers’ unbeaten streak to five games (2-0-3) and moves them to 12 points in the South Atlantic Division (3-3-3). SC United stays at 5 points with a 1-7-2 record.
Derby City returns home next Sunday, July 6 against Carolina Dynamo, 4p.m. at Woehrle Field. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the gate.
All photos by Matt Herp
Rovers Comeback to Draw Chaos at Home
Derby City Extends Unbeaten Streak to Four
Rovers Comeback to Draw Chaos
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Derby City Rovers came from a goal down to earn a 1-1 draw with the West Virginia Chaos Thursday at Woehrle Field. The result was the third straight fixture in which the Rovers have come from a goal down, all coming against the team from West Virginia.
The Rovers were led by forward Dylan Terry, who scored the equalizer in the 49’, as well as by PDL team of the week goalkeeper Dalyan Hawes, who once again turned in a solid performance protecting the Rovers’ net.
West Virginia took the lead early in the 9’ on a diving header from Dion Peters. The goal was deserved, after the Chaos enjoyed the larger share of possession for the first thirty minutes of the game. They were thwarted on two chances by Hawes, who saved a 10 yard attempt with a dive to the upper left corner as well as a low save to the right side of the goal during the first part of the half.
The Rovers would get even after the break through their ever-present scorer Terry. The Evansville University forward scored his fifth goal of the season after taking the ball into the 18 and placing a solid side footed shot into the top right corner.
The home side wasn’t out of danger despite the comeback. In the 89’ the Rovers were whistled for a handball in the box, providing the Chaos an opportunity to win the game. Chaos keeper Brett Teppen came all the way up to the field to take the kick but blasted it off the post and wide, preserving the draw for the home team.
The Rovers moved to 2-3-3 on the year, good for nine points and fifth place in the division. The Chaos extended their first place lead, with 18 points and a 5-3-3 record.
Derby City will have a quick return to Woehrle with a 7:30p.m. Saturday fixture against SC United Bantams . The Rovers will look to avenge a 5-2 defeat in Columbia earlier this year. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the gate.
All photos by Matt Herp
Youth Academy Sends Four Teams to NPL Playoffs
U18, U16, U15 and U14 Teams Headed to Chicago
An extremely successful Spring 2014 season has led to the Derby City Rovers sending four of its Youth Academy teams to the NPL's Midwest Development League Playoffs in Chicago, Il.
The Rovers U18, U16, and U15 teams clinched births with their play from February to June, while the U14 team clinched a birth from their play in both the fall (September-November) and spring seasons.The NPL decides conference standings by a points-per-game average from intra-division games, but three wildcard playoff births can be obtained from points-per-game averages from all league games, including crossover matchups. The Rovers' conference, the Erie West Division, receives a playoff bid for both its champion and runner-up.
The U16 team was regular season MDL champions with an impressive 11-1-0 record and a 2.75 points-per-game average in all games played. They also were Erie West Division champions with a points-per-game average of 2.63 and a record of 7-1-0 in conference games.
The U18 Rovers finished runner-up in the Erie West with a 6-2-0 record, good for 2.25 points-per-game in conference. Overall they finished with a 2.33 points-per-game average after a 9-2-1 record, good for third place in the MDL.
The U15 team also finished third in the MDL with a 2.58 points-per-game average and a 10-1-1 record. They clinched a playoff birth by finishing runner-up in the Erie West Division with a 6-1-1 record and 2.38 points-per-game average.
The U14 Rovers clinched a playoff birth via the wildcard, finishing with one of the three highest points-per-game averages in the entire league combining both the fall and spring season. They finished with a 2.04 points-per-game average and a 15-5-4 record. The U14s also finished tied for second in the Erie West with a 12-2-2 record and a 2.38 points-per-game average, however they did not receive that bid due to goal differential.
"We're very proud of all of our teams' accomplishments in the NPL this season," said Rovers President/GM Nathan Pitcock. "This is only our second full season, but we've been able to accomplish a lot in a short time. It's a testament to our coaches Braco Jusufovic and Ryan Smith, but even more so to every single player and family in our club."
The Midwest Development League playoffs will take place June 21-24 at the Waukegan Sports Complex in Waukegan, Il. Information about the playoffs and league can be found at http://www.nationalpremierleagues.com/MDL/Playoffs.
Rovers Beat Kings Warriors 3-0 for First Win
Garcia's Brace, Hawes' Goalkeeping Key Comprehensive Victory
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Led by two scoring debutants and a standout goalkeeping performance, the Derby City Rovers defeated the South West Virginia Kings Warriors 3-0 Thursday night.
Alejandro Garcia, who will be playing at the University of Cincinnati next fall, scored a first half brace a mere minute apart in the first half to give the Rovers a comfortable lead, and Suleiman Thomas sealed the victory in the second half, while Dalyan Hawes stood tall in goal to earn a shutout.
After the Rovers dominated possession in the opening minutes, they took the lead through Garcia on a corner kick. The ball was played across goal and headed down and eventually bounced around to Garcia who slotted a side-footed volley into the back of the net.
Not a minute later it was Garcia again putting a Rovers tally on the board after he got on the end of a pass in the box and touched it past on-rushing Kings Warrior’s goalkeeper Jonathan Davis who was caught in no-man’s land.
After trading possession and chances, the turning point in the game came in the 73rd minute, when Kings Warriors were awarded a penalty kick. The foul looked to be outside of the box, but it wouldn’t matter as Hawes took fate into his own hands, literally, when he dove to his right and got two mitts on the ball. Hawes finished with six saves in the match, including a couple of important ones.
The Rovers would seal the victory in the 82nd minute, when forward Shaquille Hamilton made a dynamic run down the right flank and crossed low to Suleiman Thomas, who trapped the ball and touched it past the keeper’s foot for his first goal as a Rover.
The win gives the Rovers four points on the season (1-3-1) and a tie for fifth place in the division with Kings Warriors (1-2-1).
The Rovers will return to PDL action June 20-21 with back-to-back games against West Virginia Chaos. They make their home return June 26th against the same West Virginia team, 7:30p.m. at Woehrle Field.
All Photos by Matt Herp
Derby City Falls to SC United Bantams 5-2
Rovers Fail to Hold Two Leads
COLUMBIA, S.C.—The Derby City Rovers could not hold two one-goal leads Thursday night and fell to SC United Bantams 5-2 in South Atlantic Division PDL action.
The loss drops the Rovers to 0-2-1 in the league, with one point in its first three games. Bantams, meanwhile, moved up to a tie for fourth with four points (1-3-1).
“We let this one slip away to be honest,” said Rovers’ head coach Tyrone Marshall. “We had a lot of mistakes and miscommunication that led to goals that really shouldn’t happen.”
Dylan Terry gave the Rovers a lead after only four minutes, scoring his third goal of the season on a cross from debutant Kaelon Fox.
SC United tied the score in the 25th minute through Avery Ryan, who grabbed the equalizer through a wonderful individual effort.
Terry put the Rovers ahead again in the 58th minute, scoring on a free kick that went low to the near post for his fourth goal of the year, which leads the division.
Bantams would take over after that, tying the game in the 64th minute after a Steven Gonzales free kick found the head of Robert Thomas. That would start a quick succession of goals including two a minute apart around the 75th minute, which put the Bantams ahead for good and seal the result. SC United would add a fifth in the dying minutes for good measure.
“It’s a learning experience,” said Marshall. “But we have to learn quick, move on and not make the same mistake again.”
The Rovers will continue their road trip through the Carolinas with a trip to Greensboro, N.C. to face the Carolina Dynamo Saturday at 7:30p.m. The Dynamo currently sits in second place with six points (2-1-0).
This release was compiled with the help of SC United Bantams Media Relations and reports from Rovers staff at the game. A full game report will be available at roverssoccer.com on Friday, May 30.
Youth Academy Spotlight: Sam Stockton
96 NPLer talks Trinity, Indiana, and Rovers
Derby City Rovers’ Sam Stockton has had a busy 2013-2014 season.
As a junior this fall at Trinity, Stockton was second in scoring with 16 goals and also tallied the most assists with 15. The Shamrocks were ranked number one in the state for part of the year, and made it all the way to the state championship game before falling to Paul Laurence Dunbar of Lexington on penalties.
Shortly after Stockton was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Kentucky, an award that usually goes to a senior.
In early 2014 Stockton decided to verbally commit to play soccer at national power Indiana University, becoming the third Trinity player in the last fifteen years to pledge his allegiance with the Hoosiers. He’ll be joining fellow Rovers teammate Cory Thomas who has also committed to Indiana.
Stockton, who plays for the Rovers’ 96 NPL team, has been an integral part of the team’s 6-2-1 record in NPL play, but will also train and play with the Rovers’ PDL team this summer.
Sam talked with roverssoccer.com about high school, awards, college and the Rovers.
How was your high school season with Trinity both as a team and as an individual?
This past season we were always going to have some of the best talent in the state but what made our team great was that everyone bought into the system and we came together as a team. Individually, I think I thrived because I was comfortable with my position on the field and also I had great chemistry with my teammates, a lot of whom play for Rovers as well. It was a great season even though we came up short at the end of it all.
How was winning the Gatorade Player of the Year Award? Were you surprised to win it as a junior?
I was so surprised and honored to have won the award especially as a junior. Much of my individual success over this high school season is accredited to the fact that we had a great team this year and I was placed in an environment with great teammates and coaches who helped me play to the best of my abilities.
Indiana. Why the Hoosiers and who did they beat out?
I chose them because I feel like it's a great fit both athletically and academically for me. Everyone thinks of Indiana as this soccer powerhouse but what made it an attractive option for me was how close the boys on the team seemed. It was more like a family than a team. I chose them over Xavier, UK, Notre Dame, and UofL.
You’ve played for Rovers for two full seasons now, what do you like about the club and how does it compare to your previous spots?
I love the way things are at this club. Unlike my situation at other clubs previously, there is a constant competition that is fun yet also intense at every practice and our great coaching staff has instilled that mindset in us. I also love the NPL league. The level of competition in this league is higher than I had ever experienced in the MRL or State Cup. Also, many of the teams we play in the league are committed to playing the game the right way, which makes the games more enjoyable and beneficial to our development as players and as a club.
You’ll have the chance to play PDL this summer after NPL, what is that like for you as a player?
It's a great opportunity and it shows how Rovers as a club are always looking to do what's best for their players. I hope to learn a lot from the experience and can't wait to start practicing with the team.
Stockton will continue with the 96 NPL team as they continue their push toward NPL playoffs with three league games remaining. The PDL team continues its season this weeekend on the road against SC United Bantams (Thursday 7:00p.m.) and Carolina Dynamo (Saturday 7:30p.m.).
Story, Photos from Rovers 2-0 Loss to Cincinnati Dutch Lions
Derby City Falls in Home Opener
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Derby City Rovers fell to the Cincinnati Dutch Lions Friday night 2-0, spoiling their home debut at Jeffersonville’s new Woehrle Athletic Complex.
A rematch of a thrilling 3-3 draw a week ago in Cincinnati, the match was quite the opposite, starved of action and goal scoring chances. It was also physical affair; with the teams amassing a total of 22 fouls combined, compared to a mere seven in the previous tilt.
Windy and wet conditions played a part in the first half as rain slickened the pitch preventing either team from being comfortable in possession. The first real chance of the game saw the visitors in front after a Rovers turnover in the midfield led to a 3v2 break for the Dutch Lions. Rowin Vanzaanen played Chris Harmon in alone and the forward tucked the ball home into the lower right corner.
The Rovers struggled with patience and maintaining their possession oriented style throughout the half, resorting to long side-to-side switches and more direct service than they usually display.
“We didn’t keep our shape very well at all,” said Rovers head coach Tyrone Marshall. “I thought we were very disjointed in the midfield and that showed in our lack of ability to keep the ball and how easily they countered on us.”
Derby City’s best chance of the half came in the 39th minute when midfielder Lindo M’feka dispossessed a Dutch Lions defender at midfield and streaked into goal alone. Unfortunately for the University of South Florida standout, defensive pressure caught up in time and his shot found the hands of Cincinnati keeper Eric Oswald, who dove to his left to gather the shot.
The second half saw more of the same, with neither team doing much to establish itself. The Rovers did increase the pressure on the Dutch Lions defense but were unable to create any significant chances.
Ace Gonya and Lindo M’feka took turns making Oswald work, forcing him into two diving stops to his left on separate long distant shots.
Cincinnati added some cushion for the final margin in the 82nd minute when Kyle Smith got on the end of a through ball in the box and played a ball across the goal, past on-rushing Rovers goalkeeper Dalyan Hawes and onto the head of Jeff McClure who nudged it home.
The Rovers will look to regroup during a week of training next week and then hit the road for a two game set in Columbia, S.C. and Greensboro, N.C. against South Carolina Bantams and Carolina Dynamo on May 29 and 30.
“I saw some bright spots out there tonight despite the disappointing result,” said Marshall. “This next week and a half will give us quality time to adjust and improve the things that we need to.”
The next home game for the Derby City outfit will be on June 5 against Southern West Virginia King’s Warriors at 7:30p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the gate.
All Photos for this story by Matt Herp (mattherp.com)
Recap, Photos, Highlights from Rovers 3-3 Draw in Cincy
Derby City held to draw in Dutch Lion's Inaugural Match
The Derby City Rovers were held to a 3-3 draw Friday night against the Cincinnati Dutch Lions as both teams combined for an exciting opener to the 2014 PDL Season.
The Rovers had leads of 2-0 and 3-1 but couldn't hold off the persistent Lions, playing in their inagural match in the PDL. The Rovers imposed their style and will on the first half, holding a majority of the possession and having numerous chances to score, all while demonstrating the swashbuckling flair Derby City is accustomed to.
Dylan Terry led the team with two first half goals, including one great individual effort in which he scooped the ball over the on rushing Lions goalkeeper, then back over another lions defender to tap it into the open goal. Amar Sedjic got the assist on the play for his wonderful through ball, but the most impressive skill came from Terry.
Ace Gonya added an unassisted goal in the second half after an errant pass from the Lions goalkeeper gave him the time and space to neatly chip it up and over the stranded netminder.
Goalkeeper Christian Carey made his PDL debut as a high school senior and came up with several huge saves, particularly in the second half, to maintain the draw.
A photo gallery, highlights, and a the full match are below. Take a look at all the action from the Rovers season opener!
The Rovers will return to the pitch for their own home opener, a rematch of Friday's contest, at 7:30p.m. Friday, May 16, at Woehrle Field in Jeffersonville, Ind. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the gate. Advanced ticktets can be purchased here: http://www.roverssoccer.com/ticketsales/index_E.html
Full Match Video
Welcome to the Derby City Rovers!
Rovers Unveil New Name, Logo
The Rovers are excited to announce the adoption of a new club identity! Our club, including the Youth Academy and PDL team will now be known as the Derby City Rovers. Through the series of changes, which include the tweak of our name and our new logo seen above, we hope to identify closer with Louisville and our growing soccer community, as well as create a unique brand that will resonate across the state, region, and country.
The Name: We decided that our previous moniker, River City, just wasn’t unique enough for a city that possesses so many wonderful qualities. With hundreds of cities, towns and locations identifying themselves as “River City” we wanted to become more Louisville by recognizing our city’s most unique and well-known event: the Kentucky Derby. As the Derby City Rovers we hope to give the city and fans a team they can identify the city with and take pride in. We still love our Rovers personality, and we’re still playing #swashbucklingfutbol, so worry not.
The Logo: The new logo, designed by Nathan Weaver, features a classic soccer shield with a slight adjustment to our previous shape. The “Rovers” text is sleek and modern, while large and robust enough to read from a mile away. It features the fleur de lis, a symbol of the city of Louisville, paired with iconic Rovers elements in the sabers and soccer ball. In the background sits the city skyline in black, further tying our team to our city. The yellow and blue color-ways, continued from the previous logo, represent the colors of both Louisville and Kentucky.
Implementing our new identity across all media will take some time, so you may see some stuff from River City for awhile before we get everything unified. Due to league regulations in both the PDL and NPL, we will still be recognized as River City through the end of the respective seasons on official league documents and web materials.
Youth Academy Players Selected for U.S. Soccer Training Center
Four Members of 2000s Head to Indiana for Scouting Session
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Four Rovers Youth Academy players have been invited to attend the U.S. Soccer Training Center on April, 30 in Westfield, Ind.
The players selected are Chaz Andriot, Alazar Barsamian, Jack Fasteen and Stefan Pfifer; all from the 2000 age group.
The U.S. Soccer Training Center is a program designed to help the U.S. Soccer Federation scout and evaluate young talent for future contribution to youth and senior national teams by having them participate in training sessions designed to replicate the national team environment.
“This is a tremendous honor and we’re very proud of the boys selected,” said Rovers President and General Manager Nathan Pitcock. “As a club, we strive to gain this type of exposure for our players, and it’s paying off in our second full season.”
Rovers Partner with Southeast YMCA for Skill Development Program
Club Excited to Participate in Grassroots Development
River City Rovers Announce 2014 PDL Combine Dates
Event to Take Place March 15th and 22nd 6-9p.m.
River City Rovers Announce 2014 PDL Combine Dates
The River City Rovers are excited to announce the dates for the 2014 PDL combine. The Rovers look to build and improve on its existing foundation in its fourth year and hope to take the organization to new heights as the newest member of the PDL’s South Atlantic Division.
The 2014 PDL Combine will take place on March 15th and 22nd from 6-9p.m. at Jeffersonville’s Woerhle Field (4200 Charlestown Pike, Jeffersonville, IN 47130). Registration fee is $60 and the tryout is open to all players aged 18-30.
“The combine is always the first event in a new PDL season so we’re ready to hit the ground running,” Rovers’ new President and GM Nathan Pitcock , who hopes to improve on the team’s last place finish in 2013. “We’re looking to move forward and take this thing to the next level and that all starts with bringing in some quality players.”
The Rovers hired veteran MLS and Jamaica defender Tyrone Marshall in February to lead the PDL team in 2014, hoping to use his vast playing experience and coaching expertise to help develop players into professionals.
Online registration for the combine is mandatory and can be found at roverssoccer.com. For any questions, problems or inquiries please contact Nathan Pitcock (email@example.com)
2014 PDL Combine
Dates: March 15th and 22nd
Location: Woerhle Field
4200 Charlestown Pike
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Registration Fee: $60 (players will receive two combine t-shirts)
Registration Page: http://www.roverssoccer.com/team/Combine/index_E.html
Rovers Name Tyrone Marshall PDL Head Coach
Former MLS All-Star, Jamaican International to Lead the Way in 2014
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