CDLFC Loses 2-0 to Charlotte

Lions Lose 2-0 at the Hands of the Charlotte Eagles

Cincinnati – The Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC played their second game at home against the Charlotte Eagles on Saturday evening. It felt more like summer than spring, but spirits were high as Cincinnati looked for their first win of the season.

Charlotte start out strong and on the attack. Theyhad the first chance in the second minute and continued to press, stripping Cincinnati of the ball. Cincinnati regain possession but Charlotte again took control. Speed of play was rapid from the start as both teams passed and moved from one end to the other. The first half was a battle for possession, with both teams hoping for a mistake by the other side. Cincinnati had their first chances in the seventeenth and eighteenth minute, but their shots were handled by the Charlotte keeper. The Lion’s Jacob Meyer took a shot off in the thirtieth minute but again it would roll to Charlotte’s keeper James Pyle for an easy pick up. In the thirty sixth minute Cincinnati went on the attack and Meyer passed by Charlotte defender Alhassan Abubakar before Meyer would get the ball off his foot by another Eagle’s defender. The counterattack that followed resulted in Charlotte’s Danny Jensen pushing through the Cincinnati defense and lifting the ball over keeper Dane Wilson for a goal. Cincinnati’s Wilson was tested again and again, but was up to task. The Lions got a shot off in extra time, but the ball was fired high. The half ended Cincinnati Dutch Lions 0, Charlotte Eagles 1.

The second half started with the same intensity as the first. Both teams were playing possession style soccer with speed and it would result in chances for both, although neither could find the net. As Charlotte began to find their rhythm, Cincinnati’s keeper Wilson was called upon again to come up with big saves. Cincinnati’s Alejandro Garcia worked hard in the middle and got an opportunity in the sixty-ninth minute. He shot hard but Charlotte’s keeper Pyle pushed the ball over the top. The Lions received another corner and the ball would bounce around in the box, but nobody could get a quality shot off. The fast paced game continued from end to end as Cincinnati kept adding fresh legs, who begin to push forward. In the eighty first minute Cian McDonald shot to the near post but Charlotte’s Pyle blocked the shot. In the eighty ninth minute the Cincinnati defenders had to scramble as Hayden Partain made a run of his own. He was tackled in the box and a penalty kick was awarded to the dismay of the Cincinnati coaching staff. Partain placed the ball over Wilson for Charlotte’s second goal of the night. Cincinnati continued their quest for a goal, but the opportunity would elude them as time ran out. The Cincinnati Dutch Lions fell at home to Charlotte 0-2.

Coach Nicholls had this to say: “I think they dominated possession, controlled possession. They put pressure on us which I was surprised about, because that was their second game in two days. I thought if they do pressure us they are going to run out of steam. I think they did run out of steam and we had a couple of chances to pull level before they got the second goal. I’m not really as concerned about the second goal as I was the first and our inability to keep the ball well enough.”

The Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC travel to play the West Virginia Chaos on May 30th at Schoenbaum stadium at 7:30pm. They return home to Xavier University Soccer Stadium on Wednesday, June 3rd at 7:30pm when they take on the Michigan Bucks. We hope to see you all there.

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