PHOTO ALBUM (Courtesy of Carlos Morales)
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Four UNCG men's soccer student-athletes – Hakan Ilhan (Stuttgart, Germany/University of Stuttgart), Peyton Ford (Jamestown, N.C./Southwest Guilford), Aaron Reifschneider (Frisco, Texas/Wakeland) and David Reittinger (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest) – will play for the Carolina Dynamo in the USL Premier Development League National Championship against FC London Saturday, August 4. The Dynamo will host the championship game at Macpherson Stadium in Greensboro at 7 p.m.
The Dynamo reached the National Championship game with a 2-1 win over Orlando City U-23 July 28 at Macpherson Stadium in the Eastern Conference Final. Goalkeeper Peyton Ford held Orlando City scoreless in the second half as the Carolina Dynamo rallied for the come-from-behind victory.
UNCG played a pivotal role in the Dynamo's success this season, particularly in the Eastern Conference Semifinal victory over Reading United AC. Ilhan scored the Dynamo's lone regulation goal in the 32nd minute to take an early 1-0 lead, but Reading United AC tied the game in the 88th minute. After 120 minutes of action, the two teams went to penalty kicks to decide the victor.
Ford played a key role in the 8-7 victory on penalty kicks. He stopped the Reading goalkeeper on the 10th penalty kick before calmly stepping up and scoring the game-winning penalty kick sending the Dynamo to the Eastern Conference finals.
Saturday will mark the first appearance by the Dynamo in the PDL National Championship and its first appearance in a USL championship game since 1997. Tickets for adults are just $7.00 and can be purchased the day of the game at the game. All children 18 and under will be admitted free of charge.
The USL Premier Development League is the amateur league of the United Soccer Leagues in United State and Canada. It is currently the top level men's amateur competition in the country and is comprised of 73 teams competing in four conferences, split into nine regional divisions.
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