Rovers Looking Forward After Disappointing Season
Despite Results Development Achieved

The Derby City Rovers didn't bring many concrete expectations to the table at the beginning of the 2014 PDL season. From new ownership and a busy spring season for the Youth Academy to the hiring of Tyrone Marshall for his first non-youth head-coaching job, there were plenty of unknowns.

 

While the divisional standings may not have turned out the way the club had hoped, there is a new culture growing, and even though the playoffs will have to wait until next year, one major thing was accomplished this season: development.

 

The key fundamental that the league is built on, development, is what all teams, clubs and players strive for when they set foot on the field during the PDL season. The Rovers accomplished that this season as they helped prepare many of their players for colleges with high expectations.

 

"As much as we didn't achieve in the table this year, I think we really helped the guys who were here consistently," said head coach Tyrone Marshall. "We had a few issues with player commitment, which is normal in the PDL, but the guys who showed up every day and worked hard really shone both on the field and on the stat sheet."

 

Among the leaders included a trio from the University of Louisville. Jerry Ramirez, Louie Berra and Shaquille Hamilton were regulars in the Rovers line up in 2014. They will look to contribute this fall to a Cardinals team that will be making its debut in the premier soccer conference in the country, the ACC. The team expects to contend for the title in its first year and should challenge for the National Championship come November.

 

Dalyan Hawes was a huge leader for the Rovers in goal this season and he will join perennial NAIA powerhouse Lindsey Wilson in the fall, as they seek their tenth NAIA National Championship. Hawes routinely saved the Rovers bacon, including stopping three penalty kicks on the year.

 

Another group of Rovers leaders include a triumvirate from Evansville: Dylan Terry, Peter May, and Joel Craig. Craig was a stalwart on the back line for Derby City, often producing 90 minute performances, winning numerous aerial challenges and producing plenty of solid tackles. Terry tied for the team lead in goals with five, many including a beautiful brace in the opening match against Cincinnati Dutch Lions.  The three Aces will hope to lead Evansville to a Conference USA title and NCAA berth this fall.

 

In his first season in Louisville, Alejandro Garcia used his experience in the PDL to make his transition from junior college to Division 1 as he makes a move to the University of Cincinnati this fall.  Garcia tied with Terry for the season scoring lead with five goals, despite missing the first few games.

 

From the bona fide Division 1 talents, to the national title contenders at smaller schools, to the Youth Academy players getting a shot at a higher level, the Rovers have helped put the 'D' in PDL with their development this season.

 

"We've done right by the players this year, whether or not we've done well on the scoreboard," said Marshall. "We're going to work hard toward making progress culturally as a team and club, and take our performances to the next level in 2015."

 

The Rovers wrap up the 2014 PDL season on Saturday July 19 with a match against Cincinnati Dutch Lions at Woerhle Field. Kickoff is set for 7:30p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the gate and can be purchased here: Rovers Tickets.

 

 
 

   

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