Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC’s Undefeated Streak Continues

Cincinnati, OH, June 11 2014 – The Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC (2-0-3) hosted the Southern West Virginia King’s Warriors (1-2-2) at Xavier University’s soccer complex for the third game in their series, the previous two ending in a tie. While offensive opportunities may have described the previous games, patience, passing, and possession was the name of this game.

 

The Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC and the Southern West Virginia King’s Warriors both came out playing patiently, looking to possess and to not give away goals. Tonight the midfield’s and defenses were tight as both teams worked to create opportunities. In the tenth minute a beautiful ball from Cincinnati’s middle found Jeff McClure up front, but the Southern West Virginia’s defense was right there and McClure could not break away.  When the King’s Warriors had a chance in the fifteenth minute, the Cincinnati defense stepped up and denied the shot. The game remained scoreless as the battle was fought in the middle, but in the thirty-eighth minute good possession found Cincinnati’s Chris Harmon at the top of the key with the ball, a quick pass left found Rowin van Zaanen who put the ball into the net hard and high for the goal. The end of the first half saw the Dutch Lions leading the Kings Warriors by one.

 

Both teams came out more physical in the second half, trying to make something happen. Opportunities presented themselves in the forty-eighth minute when Cincinnati had several crosses and shots at the Kings’ Warriors goal. However, Southern West Virginia’s goalie Alex Guyer, punched the ball out several times for saves. Cincinnati’s keeper Eric Osswald was tested in the fiftieth minute when a cross from Southern West Virginia forced Osswald out into traffic to grab the ball out of the air.  The pressure was on Cincinnati, but in the fifty eighth minute Cincinnati battled their way down field and a ball from Cincinnati’s Jeff McClure found Chris Harmon in the center. Harmon pulled himself away from his defender and shot hard to the bottom left corner behind Southern West Virginia’s keeper for the second goal of the game.  The intensity of the game picked up as Southern West Virginia kept pushing for goals of their own, but Cincinnati’s midfield continued to press and the defense, along with keeper Osswald, came up big when it counted. The game ended with the score of Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC  2 and the Southern West Virginia Kings Warriors 0.

 

“I felt a lot happier today about the game.” commented Cincinnati Dutch Lions Coach Terry Nicholl. “We played this team last weekend and came back in the second half but I thought today we were more dangerous. We changed the system up a little, which gave us a more disciplined defensive alignment. That helped shut them down. We have dangerous players when we attack that gives us a chance to score. We created some of the best chances, two of which went in. We held out at the end and it went as planned just about. They play the ball very well, quickly. I really like what we did today. I think we negated some of their strengths yet still found a way to win.”

 

The Cincinnati Dutch Lions (2-2-2) travel to Macpherson Stadium to play the Carolina Dynamo (3-2-1)  on Saturday, June 14th at 7pm. They return home to Xavier University Stadium on Friday, June 27th at 7pm to face the West Virginia Chaos (4-2-1).  For tickets and information go to www.cincinnatidutchlionsfc.com

 

Photo Credit:   Curt Cosenza

 

Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC-Southern West Virginia Kings Warriors 2-0

 

38’    1-0   van Zaanen, Harmon

58’     2-0  Harmon, McClure

 

 

Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC: Osswald, Gumbert, Stovall (Meyer), Halfhill, DeSalvatore, Harmon (Pierce), Smith Dupont (Petrick), van Zaanen (Hill), McClure (Walker), Grant

 

Southern West Virginia King’s Warriors: Guyer, Grant, Steen, Robbins, Kremers, Fubara, Ramirez (Vega), Johnson (Ramsay), Asante, Bardales (Mackenna), Payne

 

 

 

 

 

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