Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC Earn Win at Home Against West Virginia Chaos


Friday, May 30, 2014. Cincinnati, OH….. The Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC (1-0-2) hosted the West Virginia Chaos (2-1-1) at Xavier University’s soccer complex on a warm Friday evening.  Both teams came out quick and an exciting game followed, but the Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC were able to come out on top with a 3-1 victory.


The Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC wasted no time getting on the board tonight. In the first minute Jeff McClure snuck behind his defender as a through ball found his feet. All alone and one on one with Chaos’s keeper Sean Teepen, McClure placed the ball into the open net.  The West Virginia Chaos however then took control of the game, with strong, fast midfield passing that found the Lions back on their heels and in the fourteenth minute Chaos’s Tyler Fabian took shot after shot but was unable to score. As play continued the Lions continued to struggle to hold the middle, but in the twenty sixth minute Tanner Petrick took the ball on his own and headed for the goal. Great footwork and dribbling gave him space and he fired a looping ball from outside the eighteen that just went over the outstretched hands of Sean Keeper and dropped into the top of the net.  Cincinnati gaining some confidence began to build and pass and make their way forward but could not score again this half. West Virginia continued to press and create chances, and in the thirty first minute Cincinnati’s keeper Eric Osswald came up with a big save as a hard shot by the Chaos left him flying through the air left and pushing the ball to the side with his right hand. Osswald would come up big again in the forty third minute as a diving save right kept his team in the lead by two at the half.


The second half saw Cincinnati under pressure immediately by West Virginia.  Getting caught behind his man Jake Stovall ended up catching a Chaos player from behind in the box. This resulted in a penalty kick for the Chaos. Daniel Stratford stepped up and hit a ball hard to the top left corner of the Lions goal. But Cincinnati’s keeper Osswald would deny the goal with a save that amazed the crowd. The ball dropped to the ground as did he and the Chaos tried to follow, but Osswald whipped around on the ground, grabbed the ball and held fast. The Lions came back strong and in the sixty third minute Cincinnati’s Kevin Walker took the ball down the right side and chipped it left over West Virginia’s defense. Waiting was McClure and he rocketed the shot into the back of the net for his second goal of the night. The Chaos applied pressure however and in the seventy sixth minute it paid off when Dion Peters was able to find the back of the Lions net and West Virginia was on the board. Cincinnati took their turn pushing forward and applied pressure, but West Virginia’s keeper, Teepen came up with some big saves of his own in the eighty first and eighty sixth minutes. Despite tough play from the visiting team, the game ended with the Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC able to hold onto the lead over the West Virginia Chaos 3-1.


“It was a nice win.” commented Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC Coach Terry Nicholl. “I don’t think we played particularly well. I thought we took our goals well. And a fantastic goalkeeping performance, especially the save off the pk. So overall, nice to get a home win. That puts us in a good place with a win. We just missed out on a win last week. In the last minutes we gave a goal away. We will be in a very strong position, I am really happy. We’ve got some work to do in our creativity, but overall good win and I am very pleased that defensively we were pretty solid.”


The Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC will (2-0-2) host Southern West Virginia King’s Warriors (1-0-1) on Saturday, June 7 at 7pm at Xavier University Soccer Stadium and again at home on Wednesday, June 11th at 7pm. For tickets and information go to



Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC-West Virginia Chaos 3-1


1’     1-0  McClure

26’   2-0  Petrick

63’   3-0  McClure

76’   3-1  Peters


Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC: Osswald, Desalvatore (Hill), Grant (Grothaus), Halfhill, Harmon (Tanner), McClure, Meyer, Petrick (Gumbert), Stovall, Walker (Pierce), Smith (Dupont)


West Virginia Chaos: Teepen, Arthur (McDonald), Brent, Fabian (Washington), Grable, Noriega (Russell), Osborne (Szavo), Peters, Radjen, Smee (Frota), Stratford


The Cincinnati Dutch Lions will be in action again at home on Friday, May 30th against the West Virginia Chaos at 7pm at Xavier University Soccer Stadium. They host Southern West Virginia King’s Warriors on Saturday, June 7 at 7pm at Xavier University Soccer Stadium and again at home on Wednesday, June 11th at 7pm. For tickets and information go to




Photo Credit:   Gus Poneris



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