Trio of Locals Joins CDLFC for 2015 Season

Trio of Locals Joins CDLFC for 2015 Season


Austin Pierce

Bolstering the Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC midfield and defense this summer will be three local athletes. Austin Pierce of Loveland, Matt Hill of Cincinnati (Sycamore HS), and Kyle Grothaus of Milford, have all signed to play for the Dutch Lions this summer.

Austin Pierce joins the Dutch Lions after completing his junior year at Northern Kentucky University. Listed at 5-10, Pierce brings depth to the attacking third of the pitch, playing as either an attacking midfielder or striker. Quick on the ball, Pierce will be looking to spread the pitch under head coach Terry Nicholl. When asked about the upcoming 2015 season, he had this to say.


Matt Hill

“I’m hoping to win the South Atlantic Division this year and make the playoffs. Last season we came up a bit short.”

Our second local is Matt Hill of Sycamore High School and Xavier University. With the ability to play both outside back or outside mid, Hill is extremely versatile.   Standing at 5-11, Hill also has experience playing for the Columbus Crew Academy. To finish his senior season at Xavier, Hill broke the record for most games played and started during a season (23) while also receiving Capital One Academic All-District Honors. Playing for the Dutch Lions last year, Hill was part of the team that came so close to making the playoffs. For Hill, the chance to play for coach Terry Nicholl one last time was too important to pass up.

“I am excited to play for Terry one last time before I head out to Boston. I played with CDL last summer and we were so close to winning the division and really making a name for ourselves. I think we owe it to Terry, ourselves, and to the city to make a run at the playoffs and show everyone that the Dutch Lions are a PDL powerhouse.”

CDL 2014 photo

Kyle Grothaus

Kyle Grothaus was also part of the largely successful inaugural season. The Cincinnati State product will look to ply his trade this summer in the midfield as well. Starting 16 of the 18 games he participated in this past season, he was able to bag six goals while adding another eight assists. For his great effort, Grothaus was given All First Team honors, and has since committed to Bowling Green State University. Much like Austin and Matt, he is looking forward to a strong 2015 season.

“Last season was one of the greatest experiences that I have had in soccer. We had such a great group of guys that knew how to have fun and win on and off of the field. I hope this season we can have the same team chemistry as we did last year because that is vital to the success of our team. After coming so close to winning our division I hope that we can follow up this year and win our division.”

Assistant Coach Scott Cagle is excited to bring back three key local guys.

“All three were on the squad last year as younger players as really young PDL players. They now have a year of experience under their belts, so we are hoping to see the three step up as leaders and help our new players get used to the high level they will see in the PDL.”

The Cincinnati Dutch Lions home opener is this upcoming Saturday May 16th at the Xavier University Soccer Complex. Kickoff is at 7:30 PM as the Lions face the Carolina Dynamo.

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