Lions Draw 3-3 Over the Weekend

Cincinnati – The Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC opened their season Saturday evening against the Carolina Dynamo at Xavier University.

The game started out fast and strong with both teams making runs and creating chances. The Cincinnati Dutch Lions had their first corner in the ninth minute and it would prove deadly for the Dynamo. The Lion’s Alejandro Garcia crossed to the far post and found the head of Kyle Smith. Smith’s header went into the back of the net across goal to the far upper corner to put Cincinnati in the lead by one. The Lions continued to pressure the Dynamo at their end as the half progressed. Cincinnati’s style of passing and possession, coupled with an excellent speed of play gave the Lions the advantage. This became apparent in the twenty sixth minute when defender Christian Hay pushed up on the far right and crossed to the far post and found the head of Smith, who again placed the ball perfectly in the net to put the lions up by two. Carolina was not done however, and answered back quickly when in the thirtieth minute a quick ball over the Lion’s defense found the foot of Ben Burdon who fired the ball into the top netting to bring his team within one. The forty first minute caught the Lion’s keeper Robert Wilson off guard as Carolina’s Ebe Kudolo, dribbling near the half, decided to try one from distance. The ball caught the top bar of the goal and bounced down and back, tying the game at two. The half ended 2-2.

The Carolina Dynamo’s Kudolo came out strong in the second half, attacking and taking a shot immediately. Cincinnati’s keeper Will Lukowski came up with a big save knocking the ball out of bounds. The Dynamo continued to play a physical, fast, forward moving game. The Lion’s defense had to work overtime to keep the Carolina forwards in check. The Lions kept playing their style looking for opportunities as the game went go from end to end. In the sixty fourth minute the Lions earned a direct kick. Alejandro Garcia put it up in the air and Jacob Meyer found the header and loft it into the goal to put Cincinnati in front again. The lead would not last long though as Carolina came right back and in the sixty eighth minute. A Lion’s defender lost the ball and Dynamo’s Trey Hemphill capitalized with a rocket past the Cincinnati keeper to even the score again. Cincinnati had some chances and both teams made substitutions to get in fresh legs but no additional goals would be scored. The game would end tied 3-3.

Coach Nicholls had this to say about the game: “I thought it was an entertaining game. I thought they scored one really spectacular goal. I think we kind of got into a controlling situation in the game. Two nil up, we should be almost in a different gear, and be able to control it. We let them back into the game really easily I thought. One missed pass and knock in and then one long range effort probably about thirty five yards out that really surprised us. They tie it up, then we get ahead again thinking we can hold out and then they get another equalizer. So, we have work to do. We’ve done six training sessions. We are built up of practically a new team, with only a few core players back. We just have some work to do. Overall, great attitude from the team. I love working with them. Good lads, prepared to work hard. I’m happy.”

 

The Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC play again at Xavier University on May 23rd at 7:30pm against the Charlotte Eagles. They travel to play the West Virginia Chaos on May 30th at Schoenbaum stadium at 7:30pm.


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