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Men's Soccer - Tue, Aug. 8, 2017

MARION, Ind. - The Charlotte Eagles won their first PDL Championship, and the third in club history, earlier this summer with the help of Indiana Wesleyan Men’s Soccer assistant coach Josh Kremers and incoming junior transfer Douglas Oliveira.

“This is a huge accomplishment for our program as we have never had anybody achieve such success at the highest level in amatuer soccer in America,” said Indiana Wesleyan head soccer coach Luke Sanford. “This is a great way to start fall camp and I look forward to both these guys pushing our team in new ways.”

Behind the outstanding center back play of IWU’s Douglas Oliveira, the Charlotte Eagles defeated the Thunder Bay Chill 2-1 at the Sportsplex at Matthews Stadium to win the 2017 Premier Development League Championship in front of 1,356 fans. Oliveria would cap off the PDL season being named to the All-Eastern Conference Team while playing every minute (1,260) of every game (14) for the Eagles.

“Being able to get back on the field for the first time in over a year was amazing,” said Oliveira. “ Learning from the different coaches on how to be a leader on and off really helped me as a player. I am looking forward to this season with my teammates and how we will grow on and off the field.”

Coach Kremers took the opportunity to learn from Charlotte Eagles head coach Dave Dixon who was a goalkeeper at Houghton College from 1993-97 and played in three NAIA National Championship Tournaments. Dixon has led the Eagles since 2015 and prior to that coached the Brilla’s PDL team masking a record of 47-18-17 while also capturing three conference championships.

“On and off the field I was able to take a lot away so I can come back and help our players think and play at a higher level,” said Kremers.

The Premier Development League features 72 franchises in four conferences throughout the United States and Canada, including 19 clubs that are owned and operated by a professional club, or that hold a partnership with a professional club. The PDL has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world, with nearly 70 percent of all MLS selections since 2010 having PDL experience.

The Wildcats will open their 2017 season up on the road taking on Midland (Neb.) and Bellevue (Neb.) in Denver, Colo.



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