CDL drops US Open CUP match 1-0 vs Indy Eleven NPSL

Cincinnati OHIO, May 12 2016 – The Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC opened the 2016 season at Grand Park Championship field in Westerfield, Indiana versus the Indy Eleven NPSL team.  A wonderful pitch and some tough weather made for an interesting night of soccer.  Vincent Mitchell’s 17th minute tally would stand tall through regulation – and a nearly two-hour weather delay –  to give Indy Eleven’s National Premier Soccer League affiliate a 1 -0 win in its first-ever match in the U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer’s national championship tournament.


The Dutch Lions started quickly looking to get the ball wide and attacking with pace.  This would lead to the first good shot on frame as Austin Smythe headed a cross far post and midfielder Brett Elder hit a side-volley over frame. The CDL effort continued and forced three saves in the next 10 minutes. Indy Eleven picked up their energy at the 15 minute mark and were rewarded with a goal shortly thereafter against the run of play.  A minute after Travis Wannemuehler’s cross into the edge of the box was nullified for offside, the attack-minded right back would hit paydirt on a similar pass to Vincent Mitchell, who collected in the left side of the area and pushed a low shot to the far post past Dutch Lions goalkeeper Dane Wilson to put Indy Eleven NPSL up 1-0 early on. The goal seemed to give the home team some energy as they took over the midfield and dominated the next 10 minutes of play.


CDL was forced to make the first substitution of the match when R.J. Best replaced Josh Grant who felt a pull in his hamstring.  Best took the left back and Nick Merhaut moved over to Grant’s right side spot.  Both of the outside backs started to get up in greater offensive support and four good opportunities soon followed. In the 33rd minute, Merhaut overlapped and placed a cross far post.  Elder headed it down and the Indy keeper just beat Chris Dupont to the ball.  In the 38th minute, Smythe held up the ball and was pulled down giving the Lions a free kick from about 24 yards  out.  Dupont fired a shot over the wall, near post just missing the net.  In the 43 minute, the best chance of the half went wide as Elder controlled the cross from Hay and just missed the frame.  As the half came to a close, Smythe forced his way into the box and got a shot on goal, but was denied by the Indy keeper. Halftime came with the home squad leading with 1-0.


The second half started with the Lions on the front foot pushing the attack just like the first half ended.  Several CDL attacks finished with shots on goal, but the Indy keeper was up to task. Just after the hour mark Indy had another fine chance to double their lead when a shot from the edge of the area beat Wilson, only to see center back Christian Hay clear the ball off the line. That would be the last play before the skies opened up and lightning lit up the sky.  The stadium was cleared and a two hour delay followed. After the restart, the Lions made their final two substitutions to enhance the attack with Jake Meyer replacing Elder and Martyn Sayer coming on for Melnick. The CDL had several good opportunities, but could not hit the back of the net.  With just under two minutes to play, the Lions had a long throw-in that made it to the far post and with the net open the shot was pushed wide.   In the final minute, CDL had one final chance as a long punt was flicked on by Meyer and Smythe had the edge on the backs, but was knocked off balance as he took the final shot of the night. The final whistle brought a frustrating end to the evening.


“We were a bit slow out of the blocks tonight and after they scored, we played much better.  We had one good chance after another, but we were a bit unlucky. The end of the first half and the start of the second half allowed us to regain the pitch and play more in their end.  The delay actually gave us a good chance to discuss playing a full press as we moved two forwards into their backline.  We created three very good chances, but we did not finish as we should have and they did.  Overall, I like the effort and look forward to the lads getting it on for the rest of the season,” shared Coach Nicholl.



The  Cincinnati  Dutch  Lions FC  will  be  in  action for their home opener of the regular season at the Mason Middle School Multipurpose Athletic Field, Thursday May 26th at 7pm. For tickets and information go to to


Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup – First Round
Indy Eleven NPSL (NPSL)  1 : 0  Cincinnati Dutch Lions (USL PDL)
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Grand Park Championship Field – Westfield, IN
Attendance: 383


Scoring Summary:

IEN – Vincent Mitchell (Travis Wannemuehler) 17’


Discipline Summary:

IEN – Jeffrey McClure (caution) 31’

CDL – R.J. Best (caution) 41’

CDL – Jake Stovall (caution) 72’

IEN – Thomas Schmitt (caution) 90+

CDL – Nick Merhaut (caution) 90+



Indy Eleven NPSL line-up (4-4-2):  Cody Schweitzer; Jeffrey McClure, Nick Strack, Noah Zorniger, Travis Wannemuehler; Lamine Balde (Koyah Bleah 61’), Colton Tanner, Vincent Mitchell, Lukeman Ahmed-Shaibu (Christian Soto 76’); Thomas Schmitt, Nago Mbengue (capt) (Jordan Kleyn 83’)


Indy Eleven NPSL bench: Johann Bittner, Jose Rodriguez, Michael Galullo, Christian Lomeli (GK)


Cincinnati Dutch Lions line-up (4-2-3-1): Dane Wilson; Nick Merhaut, Jake Stovall, Christian Hay, Josh Grant (R.J. Best 29’); Chris Dupont, Walker Androit; Brett Elder (Jake Meyer 59’), Jack Clark, Ryan Melink (Martyn Sayer 72’); Austin Smythe


Cincinnati Dutch Lions bench: Scott Lamont, Josh Weinzapfel, Isaiah Chapman, Pedro Diaz Gutierrez (GK)

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