CDL FC Win At Home Against the SC United Bantams


Cincinnati, OH, June 29 2014. The Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC (4-1-3) welcomed the SC United Bantams (1-7-2) to Xavier Soccer Complex in Cincinnati Ohio.  Cincinnati was looking to regain their rhythm and bounce back from their first loss on Friday and they did so with style.


The Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC came out with pace and the Bantams did not hesitate to match it.  Quick one touch passing from both teams created opportunities throughout the  game. In goal, Cincinnati’s Eric Osswald and SC United’s Robert Beebe both came up big with saves to keep the game scoreless. In the seventh minute the Lions keeper Osswald came out to punch the ball forward on a cross just in front of an SC United player. Cincinnati answered right back as Jordan Grant would go down the right  and switch sides to Chris Harmon who would flick to Rowin van Zaanen toward the corner. He would fire a shot at SC United’s keeper Beebe who would come up with the save. The Lions slowed the game down and began to maintain more possession looking for opportunities. Unfortunately they were unable to finish giving the Bantams a few opportunities of their own. The half ended scoreless.


It took some time to get their rhythm back but in the sixty first minute, Cincinnati’s Rowin van Zaanen would cross the ball from the right to the waiting head of Jeff McClure for the first goal of the night putting the Lions up by one. In the eightieth minute SC United began to press and go down the middle getting several shots on Cincinnati’s goal, but Osswald was there to prevent a score. Cincinnati came right back with a series of beautiful passes that created a corner, but they were unable to convert. In the ninetieth minute however, the SC United Bantams would push forward hoping to tie the game. The Lions would get possession and see an opportunity as Kevin Walker pushed forward. The battle for the second goal would ensue and Austin Pierce would end up looping it in over the head of SC United’s keeper Beebe.  This late goal would make the final score Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC 2 and the SC United Bantams 0.


Cincinnati’s Coach Terry Nicholls had this to say about the game.  “We really controlled the game in the first twenty minutes and we had a lot of chances. We couldn’t quite put it in which seems to be our issue lately. Earlier in the season we were hitting balls in even when we weren’t dominating games.  Now we are in a bit of the doldrums. We were overcomplicating it a bit.  I asked the wings to go down the sides and whip some balls in and I expect the center forward to be at the end of it.  That was how we got our first goal. That goal was important because when we came back out our defense was not as focused.  If we want to win we not only have to do the work down the sides, but we have to add overlapping runs, numbers in the box and those central connections. Recently we have had one or the other but in some games we have had neither. I saw a little more imagination in the second half which was good, but I am not completely satisfied.”


The Cincinnati Dutch Lions will (5-1-3) travel to play the SC United Bantams (1-8-2) at the University of South Carolina’s Stone Stadium on July 2nd at 7pm.  They return home on Saturday, July 5th at 7:30pm to play the Carolina Dynamo (4-4-1) at Xavier University.  For tickets and information go to



Stefan Beerens, Media Relations

Photo Credit:   Cami Finch


Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC-SC United Bantams 2-0


61’   McClure (van Zaanen)   1-0

90’   Pierce                               2-0




Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC: Osswald, Desalvatore, Meyer, Stovall, Harmon, McClure (Walker), Smith (Pierce), van Zaanen (Grothaus), Halfhill, Grant (Tanner), Gumbert (Causey)


SC United Bantams:  Beebe, Carr, Ryan, Fielden, McManus, Freiburger (Sloan), Bray (Gonzalez), Seaton (Hatungimana), Rafferty, Fenner (Millard), Hawkins







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