Cincinnati, OH  (June 25, 2016) The Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC (1-6-3) welcomed K-W United (8-1-1) to DOC Stadium. The day was blistering hot and the heat radiated off the turf as play began.

Cincinnati began playing their possession style game and created chances early. Despite generating a corner kick and several opportunities, they were unable to capitalize and score.

In the eighth minute, K-W United’s goalie took a direct kick from his third of the field and the ball bounced off the Lions defensive line. Sven Konig found the ball and as the Cincinnati defense retreated, he shot to the right of Cincinnati’s keeper. The ball, well placed, found the back of the net for the first goal of the day.

Play continued end to end with both Cincinnati’s Dane Wilson and K-W United’s Mark Haynes coming up with saves.

While the Lions controlled most of the possession in the first half, they could not find the back of the net and the half ended with K-W leading 1-0.

Cincinnati changed strategies for the second half and came out on the offensive. Adding a midfielder and sitting with only three in their back line, they looked for the tying goal.

The fifty eighth minute Cincinnati’s Rudy Lumanza made a run down the left, crossed in front, but the ball flew sideways off the foot of the awaiting attacker.

K-W United stole the ball in the sixty sixth minute and Sven Konig made a run through the middle and past the Cincinnati defenders. Konig encountered a charging Cincinnati keeper, but calmly put the ball past him and into the net.

In the eighty fourth minute Cincinnati built up play and crossed in front of K-W United’s goal. Jack Clark found it in the middle and shot right to left but the ball went wide.

As the clock ran down the Lions struggled to find a rhythm. The whistle blew and the game ended Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC 0, K-W United 2.

Coach Terry Nicholls had this to say about the game: “We played much more competitively the other night against them. Today I thought we lacked a bit of desire. That little bit of extra that it takes to beat last year’s champions. It’s always going to be a tough game against them but we lacked a bit of purpose and challenge, one thing we’ve been given in abundance. One thing we’ve been doing even though we’ve been losing by an odd goal, we’ve been going to the end. Today I felt we lacked the sharpness and the creativity that you need to beat the best team in the country. ”

The Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC (1-6-3) travel to play The Michigan Bucks (6-2-0) on Thursday, July 9th at 7:00pm EDT at Withrow High School. The Lions then travel to Centre College to play the Derby City Rovers (4-2-2) on July 12th at 7:00pm EDT.


Venue: DOC Stadium, West Carrollton
Referee: William Gaither III
Assistants: Robert Hope, Devon During
Fourth Official: Angelo Caliguiri
Attendance: 146
Weather: Hot, high 80’s


8’- K-W United – Sven Konig 1-0
66’- K-W United – Sven Konig 2-0


55’- CDL – Chris Dupont – Yellow
90+ – K-W – Kamal Miller – Yellow
90+ – CDL – Austin Smythe – Yellow

Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC: Dane Wilson, Nick Merhaut (Walker Androit 45’), Scott Lamont, Christian Hay (Sergio Reyes 73’), Chris Dupont, R.J. Best, Jack Clark (Josh Weinzapel 90+), Ryan Melink (Martin Sayer 81’), Rudy Lumanza, Matt Vasquenza (Austin Smythe 45’), Jake Stoval

Subs: Sergio Reyes, Josh Weinzapel, Martin Sayer, Walker Androit, Steve Meyer, Pedro Diaz, Austin Smythe

K-W United: Mathieu Laurent, Denver Spearman, Adam Polakiewicz, Ben Whitcomb (Raphael Reynolds 61’), Sven Konig, Austin Ricci (Tre Crosby 58’), Mohammed Aborig (Jared Agyemang 86’), Mark Haynes, Justin Springer, Jansua Mills, Kamal Miller

Subs: Raphael Reynolds, Tre Crosby, Jared Agyemang


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