Dutch Lions Let Early Lead Slip in Loss to Bucks

Cincinnati – The Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC (0-2-1), sitting fifth in the South Atlantic Division had their first meeting with the Michigan Bucks (2-0-0) sitting second in the Great Lakes Division of the Premier Development League at Xavier University on Wednesday evening.

The first half started slowly with both teams struggling to maintain possession. That changed in the seventeenth minute when Cincinnati capitalized on a counter attack. Alejandro Garcia received the ball down the right. He made the run, cut in and shot with his left foot into the near post, putting the Lions up by one. A minute later the Bucks goalie and one of his defenders had a miscommunication and Garcia was there to take advantage of the situation. The ball was flicked up and over the Buck’s keeper, rolling into the goal. Michigan wasted no time coming back however with help from a free kick in the twenty third minute. The ball found the head of Sebastian Wladyko who placed it into the top corner. The twenty-ninth minute saw a foul by a Lion’s defender just outside of the box. Michigan’s Francis de Vries stepped up and fired the ball into the top right corner to tie up the game. Michigan had momentum and with a series of passes, moved the ball left to right to the waiting foot of the Buck’s Calvin Rezende who shot over the Lion’s keeper to the near post for the lead. The half ended with the Cincinnati Dutch Lions trailing the Michigan Bucks 2-3.

Second half play was aggressive and both teams created scoring opportunities immediately. Michigan went on the board first in the fifty-third minute. A run down the right for the Bucks led to a cross in front of the Lion’s goal. Jeffery Adkins stepped and put the ball in the back of Cincinnati’s net, putting the Bucks up by two. Both teams created free kick chances, but could not capitalize. The game continued to be fast paced as the Lion’s attempted to bring the score even. Cincinnati put together series of passes, but their forward momentum was broken up repeatedly by missed connections and by the stronger, faster Michigan team. In the ninetieth minute the Lion’s defense missed a pass out to the wing and the Buck’s Sean Seppe took the ball down the right, followed with a cross to a waiting Adkins who put the ball away to finish the game. Despite a valiant effort the Cincinnati Dutch Lions (0-3-1), lost to the Michigan Bucks (3-0-0), 2-5.

“We had a break with the start. Alejandro had a beautiful goal. Then he took advantage of a mix up in the back. Two nil up, you would think that would settle us down and get us playing,” stated Coach Terry Nicholl. “But really it didn’t. We were scrambling and they put pressure on our back line and we didn’t have an answer to it. They rushed us and made us miss passes. So, they won the ball very early and they didn’t have far to go to attack us. I would have liked to shut out the second half. We had a great chance early on in the second half. Chris had a great chance on his left foot. If that would have gone in, and of course there are a lot of “ifs” in this situation. But, it was on his left foot, so I was expecting it to volley in, but he missed it altogether. It was a difficult time, but we just have to stick together now. They are one of the best teams and probably are the best team in the PDL in the Country. So, if we were going to have an off day, it shouldn’t have been tonight. We had to have everything go right for success tonight.”

The Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC travel to play the Southern WV King’s Warriors at East River Soccer Complex Stadium Field on Saturday, June 6th at 7pm est. The Lions return home to Xavier University Stadium to take on the SC United Bantams on Thursday, June 11th at 7;30pm est.

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