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Dutch Soccer Academy teams vie for Premier League titles

Eleven squads in variety of age divisions train, call The PITCH home
By Ken Waltz | Jun 02, 2021
Courtesy of: The PITCH

Warren — The pandemic took its toll on so many facets of "normal" life and that was acutely felt for organizations who provide a venue for family recreation and youth/adult sports.

The PITCH is such a place, but, despite the year-plus-long pandemic, it persevered and has continued to offer a host of child- and adult-based athletic activities, including topnotch youth soccer programs.

"It has been a very challenging year at The PITCH," said Robbie Krul, program manager at the facility.

Krul said "despite the turmoil in sports in Maine" during the pandemic, The PITCH's premier soccer club still formulated 11 competitive teams, despite COVID-19, in Soccer Maine's highest club level, and US Soccer-sanctioned, Premier League.

The PITCH has seven boys and four girls teams, known as Dutch Soccer Academy United Soccer Clubs, playing the game at a high level.

Krul said only the DSA United's oldest boys team (U19) did not qualify for the final in their age bracket. They tied on the last game of the regular season and ended third in a bracket of six teams from around the state.

All the other 10 teams have qualified for their age group/bracket championship games the weekend of June 5-6 or June 12-13 at Freeport High School, Saint Joseph's College in Standish or Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.

Krul said DSA United players travel from around the state to practice once or twice a week at their home training facility, The PITCH.

The PITCH teams have been more than impressive, with strong records and amazing offensive performances.

For the local girls teams, DSA SC 2002 finished 6-0 and first, with 18 points, 28 goals for and none against; DSA SC 2004 finished 3-2-1 and second, with 10 points, 29 goals for and 12 against; DSA SC 2006 finished 6-0 and first, with 18 points, 39 goals for and three against; and DSA SC 2007-08 finished 5-0-1 and first, with 18 points, 43 goals for and 10 against.

For the local boys teams, DSA SC 2002 finished 2-1-3 and third, with nine points, nine goals for and eight against; DSA SC 2005 finished 5-0-1 and first, with 16 points, 23 goals for and four against; DSA SC 2006 finished 4-0-2 and second, with 14 points, 19 goals for and eight against; DSA SC 2007 finished 6-0 and first, with 18 points, 36 goals for and five against; DSA SC 2008 finished 4-2 and second, with 12 points, 39 goals for and 10 against; DSA SC 2009 finished 6-0 and first, with 18 points, 41 goals for and three against; and DSA SC 2010 finished 4-1-1 and third with 13 points, 16 goals for and 11 against.

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