Lions Win Streak to Three

Cincinnati – The Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC (2-3-1) played the SC United Bantams (1-4-1) at Xavier University Saturday evening. Their second meeting in three days was again played in hot, steamy conditions. There was no doubt who the winner was today as the Cincinnati Dutch Lions beat the SC United Bantams 6-1.

The SC United Bantams came out with pressure and purpose as the Cincinnati Dutch Lions struggled to find space.

However, things changed in the eleventh minute when the Lions gained control in the Bantams final third. A free kick was given to the Lions following a late tackle by SC United and Cincinnati’s Kyle Smith placed the ball to the far post from the left corner. Christopher DuPont was waiting and headed the ball off the post and into the goal.

In the twentieth minute the Bantams earned a free kick of their own, but were unable to capitalize.

The twenty first minute Cincinnati’s Smith got free and had an open shot but SC United’s defender Drew Lytton stepped and blocked the shot, keeping his team within one.

The Bantams counter attacked in the thirty-eighth minute and Koty Millard took a hard shot. Cincinnati’s keeper, Dane Wilson dove for the save.

SC United’s defense made a mistake in the box in the fortieth minute, bringing down Cincinnati’s Jacob Meyer, which gave the Lions a penalty kick. Smith stepped up and placed the ball past the Bantams keeper Marco Velez putting the Lion’s up by two.

Cincinnati started the second half off fast. A build up from the middle gave Kyle Smith the ball down the right side. He cut to the left across the goal and fired the ball in behind the keeper for goal number three.

The Bantams earned a free kick when the Lions lost the ball in the back. The Lions keeper ran out of the box to block the shot but a free kick was called for a foul away from the ball. SC United’s Jono Callaghan fired one in, the ball deflected and flew into Cincinnati’s goal, to bring the Bantams within two.

Cincinnati was not done and in the seventieth minute Smith passed to Oriol Cortes who made a run and slotted the ball past the keeper, giving the Lions back their three goal cushion.

The game continued in Cincinnati’s favor as a series of passes led to Alejandro Garcia passing to Smith who finished in the seventy-seventh minute.

The Lion’s added another tally to their belt in the eighty fourth minute off a long ball from the Cincinnati defense. Garcia kicked the ball in the air past an air bound SC keeper for the goal.

Coach Terry Nicholls commented: “It was a bit of a sloppy start. Two teams obviously still trying to find true form. Then I think Chris (Dupont) took down a nice header that settled us down. Next was a penalty kick. On the penalty, Kyle Smith put his first of three in. We ended the first half 2-0. I felt that we had good control in the game. Then I think in the second half, they pushed an extra man forward. I think we really attacked well on the counter attack. Oriol almost got it in the goal with a side-footer. I think we looked the best we’ve looked in the second half on the counter attack.”

The Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC (3-3-1) travel to WC Hawkins Stadium at Irmo High School on Saturday June 19th to play the SC United Bantams (1-5-1) at 8pm. Cincinnati continues on their road trip to play the Carolina Dynamo on June 21st at 2pm at MacPherson Stadium.

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