Region Three Premier League Promotions

This fall we had huge success with our 03 Gold boys and girls teams and 04 Gold boys and girls teams gaining promotion to the spring Region Three League.

Coach Ellis Alleyne of the 03 Gold boys said, “With plenty of quality in the league it was very important we got off to a good start and maintained high levels throughout. The biggest highlight was beating CESA Premier 3-0 at Manchester Meadows. We lost 2 games all season to the two teams that finished above us and as a squad we felt that we could beat both Mount Pleasant Premier and SCUFC Elite but we will have to wait until the spring season to get another shot.

We ended the league season in 3rd position guaranteeing our promotion scoring the most goals in the league and conceding very few. It was hard work with a jam-packed schedule but we did it and it was a fantastic achievement.”

Coach Ralph Latchana of the 03 Lady Gold said, “This past fall the 2003 Lady Gold girls had great success on the field. Some of their achievements included being finalists in the Discoveries tournament (playing up an age), finalists at CASL, winning the Twin City tournament but their biggest achievement was qualifying for Region 3 play by finishing in the top 3 in their state league. The girls showed tremendous growth towards the second half of the season maturing into a very solid and organized team. Congratulations to them for their hard work and they are looking forward to tougher challenges that lay ahead in the spring.”

Coach Nicky DeVogel of the 04 Gold boys said “With the tournament at CESA, the change came and we found our way back up. We suddenly played fresh and attractive with passion and dominancy, defeating (on paper) better teams than us. This was also the kick start for an incredible sprint to the finish line. This was the period the players understood their role in the field and in the squad, everyone wanted the same thing: qualify for the Region 3 Premier. The belief was there and the confidence was back, we just had to win everything from now on. Our last 2 games were against direct opponents and created a very exciting portion of the season, both with a 2-0 victory. We officially finished 4th and qualified for the Region 3 Premier in the Spring of 2017.”

Coach Aaron Weldon of 04 Lady Gold, “The 04 lady Gold team finished the season qualifying for the Southern Regional Premier league this coming Spring. Finishing third in league play, the girls competed against some of the best teams in the region en-route to qualifying for regional play. With a league and tournament record of 16-4-3, each of the tournaments resulted in either a win, or final appearance; notably finishing runners-up in the CASL Jr. Girls Showcase, and winners of the Norcross Generation Adidas Cup.”

A Letter from Executive Director, Dave Carton. 

Dear DSC Family,

I am delighted to be able to introduce our new DSC Member Newsletter. This Newsletter will be a monthly correspondence to continue to update our members on club activities, events and achievements.

As we move into the Spring season I would like to reflect on some of the outstanding achievements of our players and coaches in the fall. We have seen some historic team success this fall as our 04 Gold Boys and Girls and our 03 Gold Boys and Girls all gained promotion to the Spring Region Three Premier League this fall. This is an excellent display of consistency and a testament to the commitment and work ethic of the players and staff. We are excited to see how the players fare at the regional level.

Our Girls Program has seen some marvelous successes this fall also. Our 99 Lady Green team won their PMSL State Cup, our 00 Lady Gold qualified for the SCYSA Final four for the first time, our 02 Lady Gold competed in the Region Three Premier League and our 01 Lady Gold became the first girls team from Discoveries Soccer Club to win an SCYSA Challenge State Cup. Our 01s will now progress to compete in this summer’s Region Three Regional Championships in June.

This fall also saw more DSC players enter the US National Training Center program, with Christian Brathwaite becoming our first female player to be selected to attend. Samy Kolby continues to remain on the radar of Bayern Munich as he again travelled to play with the Bayern Munich Academy in November, and we have seen a record number of college signees and commitments from our 98 Gold and 98 Lady Gold.

This fall saw us expand our recreation footprint as we have strengthened our relationship with Tega Cay Parks and Rec, while also entering into improved agreements with the Lancaster County Parks and Rec Department and ROAR sports in Rock Hill, and this Spring, through our relationship with the Fort Mill School District, our teams will begin taking advantage of the new first class Riverview Athletic Complex.

We have also recently expanded our administrative staff to help us continue to serve our members to the highest standards possible. Jenn Dobson has joined our staff as Director of Communications and Member Services. Jenn joins us from Atlanta where she served as Executive Director of Inter Atlanta Football Club and we are thrilled to have her join the team. Kenny Halas has been brought in as our new Tournament Director. Kenny will manage all tournament growth strategies, and oversee all operations for our events. Please join me in welcoming Jenn and Kenny to the DSC effort.

None of these achievements would have been possible without the dedication of the staff and they deserve a lot of credit and gratitude.

As we look forward to the Spring we will continue to update our membership on club activities, events and achievements. We are very fortunate that our club is on such a positive trajectory, and I would like to thank each of our players, coaches, staff and parents for the sacrifices made to make Discoveries Soccer Club such a promising prospect for youth soccer families in our area.

Discoveries Soccer Club and ROAR Sports Enter Partnership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 25, 2017 – Discoveries Soccer Club and ROAR Sports are delighted to announce a new partnership moving into the 2017 season. Starting this February, DSC will offer the Youth Development Program (YDP) at Westminister Park in Rock Hill, SC. The Youth Development Model offers a structured and professional player pathway for the more advanced ROAR player looking to expand their soccer experience.The DSC Youth Development Program (YDP) is the perfect opportunity for Roar players to improve their skills. YDP provides the environment for players to develop their social , technical , physical and mental skills. Emphasis is placed on development as opposed to winning with a heavy focus on technical elements during practices. This program caters for all abilities to the beginner to the intermediate player.

“We are thrilled to enter into this relationship with ROAR Sports. ROAR has been a very important community program in York County and it is our pleasure to be in a position to commit to them and their staff. Program Director LuLu has been a former DSC staff member and we had no hesitation working with LuLu and Andy to help support their programming and help develop the talent that exists in the ROAR membership. ROAR will be added to our thriving YDP platform, as all programming will be tailored to align with the values of the ROAR program. Thanks to everyone at ROAR for putting their trust in DSC, we are excited to see where this partnership takes us,” said Dave Carton, Discoveries Soccer Club Executive Director.

“We are definitely excited though to get our kids involved in a program like the YDP program where our kids can get a chance to bridge the gap between travel and recreational soccer. While learning from great experience/qualified coaches, having the chance to see what the next level looks like and to still be able to be a part of the ROAR ministry aspect of regularly doing the devotionals… learning how to integrate faith, truth and life in the program (which most families find important for their kids) and then having the opportunity to live out their faith on the field whether at practice or competing against the other programs,” said LuLu Merril, ROAR Assistant Director.

For more info please visit: www.discoveriessoccerclub.org

 

DSC 01 Lady Gold Celebrate State Cup Win

Congratulations to DSC 01 Lady Gold Premier on clinching the 2016 SCYSA Bob Brantley State Cup with a 3-1 win over SCUTD Elite in the final. The girls completed an undefeated season in Region Three Premier league and cup play with a 12-0-2 record, scoring 54 goals and conceding only 9, and will travel to Greensboro NC, representing South Carolina in the summer to compete in the USYSA Region 3 competition. The girls superb season also saw them gain promotion to the Southern Region Premier League next fall.
Executive Director and Head Coach Dave Carton on the win;
“Fantastic achievement by the girls and we’re all very proud of their efforts. They are the first team from the DSC Girls Program to win a Challenge State Cup and they have been a fabulous example for our younger players in the club to follow. There is massive potential in this group and I want to thank them for their commitment and dedication to the club and to the team. I have every reason to believe the girls will represent SCYSA to the highest standards moving forward”.