DSC Announces WPSL Team for Summer 2018

Discoveries Soccer Club has joined the Women’s Professional Soccer League as an expansion club, the club announced Monday.

The official name of the team will be Discoveries Soccer Club and will play their games locally at Manchester Meadows, the premier facility in the Rock Hill, SC area. The stadium seats 750 people and is part of a multi-million dollar facility operated by the City of Rock Hill.

“This is exciting for the program and a great opportunity for some of our players to see what the standards and expectations are at the next level of play,” Discoveries executive director Dave Carton said. “It has been an ambition of ours for a while now to venture into the adult game for the girls, and we will operate this program to the highest professional standards possible. Work will start immediately, for player recruitment will be an important aspect of executing a successful program.

“We look forward to providing our community with a program that we can all be proud of. Connecting this program with the rest of the girl players at DSC will be an important part of how we structure the program. We want to provide our academy and select players with positive footballing role models that they can look up to.”

Tryouts for the 2018 season will be announced shortly for spring 2018 and will be open to all college and high school players.

Discoveries Soccer Club currently serves York, Lancaster, and Chester Counties as well as families from South Charlotte. DSC has Junior Academy and Select programs and is partnered with several recreation programs amounting to over 3300 youth soccer players. In fall 2017, DSC added the US Soccer Development Academy program for 11 and 12 year olds. Additionally, the club added the NPL program for its 12U-19U girls and boys programs this past fall.

About WPSL

The Women’s Premier Soccer League is the world’s largest women’s soccer league with its primary focus on developing highly competitive women’s soccer players. The league has more than 100 clubs participating from across the United States.

DSC Announces 2018 College ID Camps

Looking for a great way to play in front of top college coaches? Discoveries is offering an opportunity to receive quality training and game time in front of multiple colleges. Sign up through your OASYS account. Don’t have an account, simply set one up and complete registration HERE.
Boys College ID Camp
January 12, 2017
6-9pm (2 hours of training and 1 hour of games)
Registration is open now
Price: $75
Late fee of $20 starts December 15
Location: Manchester Meadows
Girls College ID Camp
January 25, 2017
6-8:30pm (training and game sessions)
Registration is open now
Price: $65
Late fee of $20 starts December 20
Location: Manchester Meadows
Any questions, email Jenn Dobson at dobson@discoveriessoccerclub.org.

DSC Players Invited to US Training Center

Discoveries Soccer Club is happy to announce that six players from birth years 2002-2003 were invited to the US Soccer National Training Center in Columbia, SC on Wednesday, September 20th. Dawson Malcom 2002, Nick Parker 2002, Will Jenkins 2003, Ethan Stevenson 2002, Rafael Razzo 2003 and Harrison Long 2002 were all extended invitations. DSC also has four players from the 2004 birth year- Luke Marrin, Matteo Moyon, Benji Martinez and Carter Nunnery were invited to attend the Training Center on Monday, September 25th in Greensboro, NC. These players will train with other top players in the region as well as US Soccer Training staff to track development of top talent and be in consideration for the National Team pool.

“Well done to all of our players elected to attend the National Training Center this Month. This is a great opportunity for our players to participate with the best players in our area with US National program staff. The number of DSC participants rises every year and this is a testament to the ambition and hard work of the players and coaches to reach new levels. We wish them all the best of luck and we are confident each of them will represent DSC well” said Dave Carton, Executive Director.

About the US Soccer National Training Center: U.S. Soccer is conducting training sessions in conjunction with local clubs and state associations to identify players with Youth National Team potential. Training Centers (TC) will be conducted by a member of the U.S. Soccer National Team staff. TCs are a new platform designed to improve player identification, player development and coach development. Each TC will be administered by the Academy conference’s Technical Advisor, assisted by Academy coaches and National Team coaches. Most TCs will be aligned with the Youth National Team calendar to evaluate players before trips and camps.

Two DSC Players Invited to US Club ID2 Training Camp

Alondra Nieves, 03 Lady NPL, and Mateo Moyon, 04 NPL, were selected to participate in this month’s US Club ID 2 training camp in Massachusetts. They were selected from more than 60 participants in August’s Player Development Program camp (PDP) for the South Atlanta National Premier League. Alondra and Mateo were among NPL players from Georgia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina.

“We are excited for Matteo and Alondra to have this opportunity through the ID2 Program. Matteo is a player that continues to go from strength to strength and is maturing into a very promising young footballer. As for Alondra, this is another notch on her belt as she continues to impress at a very high level. Both are very hardworking and committed young players and we are delighted to see their hard work continue to pay off,” said Dave Carton, Executive Director.

PDPs are focused around the NPL and other top leagues in specific geographic areas. PDP invitations are based on objective scouting of elite clubs and leagues, combined with recommendations from top Directors of Coaching.

The South Atlantic Premier League launched in the fall of 2012 and includes 12-U through 19-U boys and girls divisions. Earlier this year, the South Atlantic Premier League took the next step in its league offerings by being accepted as an Elite National Premier League (ENPL) qualifier. Now, its 14-U through 19-U boys champions will advance to the ENPL Playoffs, beginning in summer 2018.

Patrick Mitrovich State Farm Insurance Title DSC Golf Tournament Sponsor

Patrick Mitrovich State Farm Insurance (https://sfpatrick.com/) was named title sponsor of the annual Discoveries Soccer Club Golf Tournament for 2017. The event will take place on October 20th at Waterford Golf Course in Rock Hill.

Mitrovich is a former Gatorade Player of the Year from Georgia and played for former Winthrop University head coach Rich Posipanko. He was a four-time All Conference Player and three-time captain. Mitrovich played professionally for the Charlotte Eagles, Atlanta Silverback and the Charleston Battery. He also coached at Winthrop University as well as Discoveries Soccer Club.

“Being a local State Farm Agent, I am looking forward to partnering with Discoveries and the community in order to provide more opportunities to introduce the sport of soccer to the youth of Rock Hill and beyond. With the leadership at Discoveries and the level of coaching they provide I hope this golf tournament will continue to have the tremendous impact they have already had in this area,” said Patrick Mitrovich, State Farm Insurance.

Discoveries Soccer Club invites the public as well as club members to participate in the golf tournament by registering here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dsc-golf-tournament-presented-by-patrick-mitrovich-state-farm-insurance-tickets-36956370499?utm_term=eventurl_text

Davis Hooten Commits to Michigan State

Discoveries Soccer Club is delighted to announce Davis Hooten, 98 Premier Gold, has accepted a spot to play for Michigan State University. Michigan State finished #13 in the NCAA polls for 2016 with wins over Notre Dame, Akron and Michigan.

Davis has been a goalkeeper at DSC since he was 6 years old, he is now 17, and played on DSC 99 Green for five years and DSC 98 Premier for the last 3 years. He also loved playing with his older brother Parker’s team (DSC 96 green), on a DSC sponsored trip to Italy & Switzerland several years ago.

Davis is in the top 3% of his class at Northwestern High School, in the full IB program, Junior Marshall, Olympian, National Honor Society, National Beta Club, SC Boy’s State Nominee.  He plays varsity soccer for NHS and has been All-Region & All-Area for the past 2 years, also serving as a captain last season.

“He has always enjoyed playing for DSC and has had some wonderful coaches including Abdou Senbel, Manfred Makor, Dave Carton, Dom Wren, and Graham Stafford. He attended Michigan State ID camps and loved his experience there.  Felt like a perfect fit and the coaches connected with him in the same way.  He was offered a roster spot and accepted in March,” said Denise Hooten.

“We are very happy for Davis and his family. Davis has been with the club a long time and we can safely say Davis has been one of the best players we have ever had, His performance level is consistently high and his dedication to better himself has separated him from the pack over the years. We will watch Davis career develop and hopefully Michigan State will not be the last stop in Davis’ soccer adventure. The Hooten’s have always been excellent representatives of DSC and I have always appreciated their support of both me personally and professionally. Best wishes to all, we are very proud of you,” said Dave Carton, Executive Director.

Academy Sports+Outdoors Named as Title Sponsor for DSC Tournaments

Discoveries Soccer Club is proud to announce the fall tournament title sponsorship “The DSC Rock Hill Classic presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors” as well as “The DSC Ray Thompsett Invitational presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors”. The partnership is in its 5th year.  Academy Sports + Outdoors has four Charlotte area stores (Rock Hill, Concord, Kannapolis and Hickory).

Academy will host a shop day on August 12th and 13th for DSC players and families with special coupons and discounts available (check out our Facebook page for details). They will also provide a special tournament coupon for the September weekend.

“We are thrilled to welcome Academy as our title tournament sponsor. They have supported DSC in various ways over the years and we are looking forward to strengthening our partnership to better serve our club families,” said Dave Carton.

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Eveleen Hahn Commits to the University of South Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 18, 2017

Discoveries Soccer Club is delighted to announce Eveleen Hahn, class of 2019 (01 Lady Gold Premier) has recently accepted a spot to play for the University of South Carolina Women’s Soccer Program. USC Women’s Soccer finished last season ranked #5 in the Final NSCAA Poll, losing 1-0 to #2 seed UNC in last year’s Elite Eight of the NCAA Championship. Hahn will play for Shelley Smith, the SEC Coach of the Year who has produced both national team and professional players during her career at USC. The Gamecocks were also honored to earn the NSCAA Region Staff of the Year this past season after leading South Carolina to a perfect record in SEC play. USC ended their season by earning the SEC league’s regular-season championship and reaching the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years.

“We couldn’t be prouder of Eveleen and what she has accomplished. She’s a special talent and a real difference maker. She’s a strong personality and handles big situations very well. She can play anywhere on the pitch and USC have gotten themselves a real gem with Eveleen. Having a player be recruited by such a high profile university is a major accomplishment and Eveleen has broken through a glass ceiling for all of our girls program, as she has set an example for all of our girls to continue to set their sights high. Congratulations to Eveleen’s family and we are grateful that they have entrusted DSC to help her achieve her goals in soccer,” said Dave Carton, Executive Director.

“I am so happy for Eveleen and the Hahn family. Eveleen is a dynamic player with an incredibly high ceiling.  I haven’t seen many players in the southeast who can compete at her level. She has aspirations of playing professionally and USC will be a perfect platform for her to show her talents. Eveleen has also opened the door for other DSC players to be recruited to top Div I programs. She stayed at DSC when she had opportunities to play at bigger clubs. But she chose to stay at DSC to get advanced training and remain with her friends. We are so happy her decision paid off for her, the 01 girls and the club.  Over the next two years, we look forward to preparing other players on her team for a great college career,” said Coach Lou Pantuosco.

“We are so proud of Eveleen and very thankful for the role Discoveries has played in her soccer and personal life.  Through the years, we have always been certain that Eveleen would not receive comparable training  at any other club nor would she have been happier in any other environment and culture.  That highest level of training and happiness that DSC has consistently provided have been the largest two factors in her reaching her goals as both a player and student-athlete,” said Steven Hahn, Eveleen’s father.

Eveleen helped her 01 Lady Gold team capture the SCYSA State Cup this past fall, while also gaining promotion to the R3PL Southern Premier League.

Coach Phil McCarter Named Fort Mill High Varsity Soccer Coach

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 12, 2017

Coach Phil McCarter has been named the new Fort Mill High School Varsity Coach effective immediately. McCarter previously coached for the Gold Hill Middle School soccer team and has coached at Discoveries Soccer Club for the past five years.

McCarter brings his love of the game and passionate coaching style to Fort Mill High through his wealth of experience and drive to further his coaching education. McCarter has spent long hours on and off the pitch furthering his knowledge of the game, even spending time this past year in England as one of 20 US coaches training at St. George’s Park.

McCarter has been with DSC for the past five years coaching a variety of boys teams for the club. His desire to make them succeed on and off the field is what drives him to continue coaching. “I want to teach them to love the game and take life lessons off the field as well. We focus on the team mentality which makes them better on and off the pitch,” said Coach McCarter.

“We are very excited for Phillip and look forward to seeing his impact on this program right away. Phillip being placed in this role is exciting for DSC because we see the partnership that our club continues to grow with Ft. Mill and other local school systems. Their kids are our kids, so to have this opportunity to focus even more on player development together is a great step for both organizations. Phillip’s passion and professionalism is so important to be successful in this game and we are proud to have him on our staff,” said Dave Carton, Executive Director.

We wish Coach McCarter all the best as he enters his new venture at Fort Mill High. He hopes to be competitive in the region as well as be good ambassadors of the game. “I am extremely excited, honored, and blessed to have been selected to be the next head coach of the Fort Mill High School Men’s Varsity Soccer program.  I look forward to leading Fort Mill into becoming one of the best overall soccer programs in the region and in the state.  Go Jackets,” said Coach McCarter.

DSC and Lancaster County Parks and Recreation announce new partnership for 2017/18 season

For Immediate Release;

Discoveries Soccer Club and Lancaster County Parks and Recreation (LCPR) are delighted to announce a new partnership moving into the 2017/2018 season. Commencing this summer, DSC will begin supporting the LCPR soccer program through summer camps, player clinics, coach/parent education programs, while also helping promote activities through social media and other program specific marketing campaigns. Through this agreement, DSC will provide LCPR with consistent staff support through the season, assisting in certain administrative roles such as evaluations, scheduling, and on-site program assistance. This partnership will also see DSC register LCPR members through SCYSA to help enhance the LCPR experience through SCYSA affiliation.

Also, through our successful Youth Development Model, DSC will look to offer a structured and professional player pathway for the more advanced LCPR player looking to expand their soccer experience. The Lancaster arm of our YDP program will work in conjunction with Lancaster County Parks and Rec, offering a clear route to advance each Lancaster player to his or her own ability and potential.

Executive Director Dave Carton;

“This is a great opportunity for all involved. Both DSC and Lancaster County Parks and Rec are committed to providing the highest level of service to each of our members. We have always enjoyed great support in the Lancaster community and we have had some great players and families from Lancaster come through our program. There are some exciting things happening in Lancaster County and we are thrilled and excited to play a major role in continuing to develop youth soccer in the area.  Thanks to Mickey Taylor for his efforts and ambition to continue to grow your program. Through Mickey Taylor LCPR have taken a very progressive and inclusive approach to their program and we are looking forward to working together in the future.”

Discoveries staff will begin collaborating with LCPR staff and officials in the summer 2017 to begin promoting and developing all programming on offer through Lancaster County recreations soccer department. For more information please visit;

www.discoveriessoccerclub.org