Canton, MI (May 29, 2016) – The Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC appeared at the Canton Cup Memorial Day tournament playing the Michigan Bucks and were defeated 3-0 for their first loss of the season.  CDL currently sits third in the Premier Development League (PDL) Great Lakes Division (1-1-1, 4 points).

The match was the Saturday centerpiece of the Canton Cup with close to 1,300 fans in attendance for the noon kick off.  The Bucks were on the attack from the opening minutes of the match and were able to win a couple early corner kicks.  Goalkeeper Dane Wilson was able to handle the early crosses, but at the 16th minute mark the hosts got on the scoreboard.  A Buck midfielder was able to make a strong run down the right side and was fouled just outside the box.  The ensuing free kick was placed into the penalty box and Wilson was beat to the ball by Michigan defender Alexi Souahy who placed his header into the net.

The remainder of the half was a see-saw battle as Lions forward Austin Smythe had a great chance to equal the score, but a fine save by the Bucks goalkeeper on the breakaway kept the game at 1-0 for halftime.

The second half saw the 2014 PDL champions pick up the pace a bit and that extra energy provided a goal at the 63rd minute when a Bucks forward was able to get to the endline and cross into the box for a tap-in goal by Andre Landell and a 2-0 lead.  Just five minutes later, Michigan sealed the win when Marco Charalambous received a pass at the edge of the box, cut to his left and hit a shot into the goal for 3-0 final score.

“I never like defeat, but overall I am not upset with our effort.  We played a very strong first half and had a couple good chances to equal the score.  The Bucks defense is strong and has yet to give up a goal this season, but we created some chances in each half.  I like how the lads responded in the second half, excluding a lack of concentration for about 10 minutes, I liked our teamwork and spirit, ” shared Head Coach Terry Nicholl.

The Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC will travel to Canada later this week for games against TFC Academy and K-W United FC.  The will host the Dayton Dutch Lions Wednesday, June 8th at 3:00pm at the Mason Multi-Purpose Field.






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