CDLFC vs SW Virginia King’s Warriors Recap

Cincinnati – The Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC (6-3-1) played the Southern West Virginia King’s Warriors (3-3-4) on Friday. This was Cincinnati’s first time playing at DOC Stadium and SW Virginia’s second game in three days. Cincinnati finished off SW Virginia like their counterparts, Dayton with a score of 2-1.

The Lions wasted no time and in the second minute; building up from the back and passing with precision, Christian Alexander found the ball on the left and popped it up in front of the goal as Oriol Cortes ran onto it and calmly slotted the ball to the back left corner, past King’s Warriors keeper Alex Guyer.

Play and possession went end to end, as both teams were creating opportunities, only to be foiled in the last minute by their counterpart.

The King’s Warriors got the chance to tie the game up at one in the sixteenth minute. A foot race between Cincinnati defender Jake Stovall and SW Virginia forward Romario Grant left the Lions a half step behind. Despite Cincinnati’s keeper Dane Wilson running to cut off the angle, Grant put the ball in the far corner for the goal.

While Cincinnati had more possession as the half continued, SW Virginia had more opportunities to shoot on the Lion’s goal.

The forty second minute saw Cincinnati take advantage of one of their few chances. A series of passes led Cortes to break free of his defender and move down the left. A nice cross on the ground to the far post and the foot of Alejandro Garcia saw the ball fly into the top of the net, putting the Lions ahead.

Cincinnati went into the locker room leading SW Virginia 2-1.

The quick pace continued into the second half. Cincinnati struggled to keep the ball as SW Virginia pressured with two and three players, making it difficult for the Lions to play their game.

A series of passes down the right in the seventy-second minute gave Garcia a chance for to show off some footwork across the middle and end with a hard shot. Off the rebound, second and third shots by Kyle Smith and Ignacio Baeza in front of the goal, excited the crowd, but did not yield another goal.

The Lion’s Cortes took a curving shot at the king’s Warriors goal in the eighty second minute, but it spun just wide.

Cincinnati’s Kyle Smith had a one on one with the SW Virginia keeper in the eighty eighth minute but Guyer was there for the save.

The last few minutes saw the King’s Warriors press in the Lion’s final third. Cincinnati struggled to hold on to their lead as the attack continued through stoppage time.

The Lion’s keeper Dane Wilson came up big in extra time when an errant ball found a king’s Warrior foot. Wilson came out, dropped and blocked saving the Cincinnati win.

The final score Cincinnati Dutch Lions 2, SW Virginia King’s Warriors 1.

Coach Bruno Lopes had this to say about the game. “I think we had a very nice start. We scored the goal in the first couple of minutes again. It gave us that confidence and room to sit with the ball and wait for the moment to counter attack. That’s part of the plan, to sit down, organize and counter attack them. We did a great job. We struggled for twenty minutes in the first half and they scored a goal. But then we again found ourselves. We dominated for the rest of the first half. The second half we knew that they would come very strong, they needed to score of course. We were ready for that and prepared for that. Again, very well organized. Shutting them out of the goal was very important for us.”

The Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC (7-3-1) travel to play the Charlotte Eagles (7-0-3) on Thursday, July 9th and Saturday, July 11th at 7pm at the Queens Sports Complex.

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