Mason, OH (June 12, 2016)  The Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC (1-4-2) took on the Pittsburgh Riverhounds U23 (0-4-1) on a very hot, muggy afternoon in Mason. Each team took home a point in a hard fought game that ended in a 1-1 tie.

Cincinnati came out with high intensity; pressing, passing, and moving with focus and purpose.

But Pittsburgh mounted the first attack and the beginning of the half saw a barrage of shots fired at Cincinnati’s keeper Dane Wilson. Quick reactions and a one handed diving save kept the board clear.

The Lions began to take over as the half progressed. Austin Smythe and Jake Meyer led the attack as several one on one chances with Pittsburgh’s keeper Mikal Outcalt ensued to no avail. Crosses followed but shots sailed wide and high.

The tenacity of Cincinnati paid off in the forty fourth minute. The Lions built up from the back. Chris Dupont collected the ball on the right side and sent it past the defender. Jake Meyer picked up speed and met the ball on the other side. Flying solo, Meyer slotted it past the Pittsburgh keeper to the far corner of the goal, putting the Lions up by one.

The score at the half read Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC 1, Pittsburgh Riverhounds 0.

Cincinnati came out strong in the second half and Rudy Lumanza made a run down the left toward the Pittsburgh goal. He crossed in front to a running Meyer who just missed the touch in front.

The Riverhounds countered back down the field. Earning a direct kick in the forty seventh minute, Pittsburgh placed the ball toward the top corner of the Cincinnati goal, but keeper Wilson was not fooled and leapt, making his second one handed save of the afternoon.

Play headed back down the field and Lumanza sent a ball into Smythe but the shot went straight into the hands of the Pittsburgh keeper.

In the fifty sixth minute the game returned to the Cincinnati final third. Pittsburgh’s Anthony Virgara, standing at the top of the key, turned and shot fast, the ball slid past the Lions’ keeper to tie the game up at one.

Cincinnati took possession in the seventy seventh minute. A series of passes opened up space for Matt Vasquenza on the right. Making the cut he readied for the shot but ended up in the turf, earning a corner that the Lions could not capitalize on.

Cincinnati’s keeper Dane Wilson came up huge for his team in the eighty first minute, first coming out to block a hard hit shot by Virgara on the ground. The second save saw an athletic Wilson use his quick feet to clear a ball off the line.

The clock ran down and the second half ended in a tie. Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC 1, Pittsburgh Riverhounds U23 1.

Coach Terry Nicholls had this to say about the game: “We set out to start the game with full pressure. We’ve been working on full pressure in practice, not sure if it helped us because then you have to work a bit harder and it robbed us of legs at the end. I felt the one goal might settle us down. Normally a goal can take the anxiety out of a game, but we never got rid of that anxiety. Our goalkeeper, Dane Wilson, played fantastic! He was out of this world. We missed a couple of opportunities, one real good one about ten minutes into the second half that might have helped us, should have, but just went too far ahead of Jake Meyer and he couldn’t quite put a foot on it. We’ve got a lot of work to do. We promoted a lot of talent last year. We promoted four or five players up to the USL so we have got to find that rhythm and learn to cope without that group. But we are working on it and we are sticking with it. It’s tough. Overall, a 1-1 tie is fair because they had good chances and when your goalie has to work that hard, they are getting inside the defense. I’m not sure their keeper had to work as hard, I don’t think he did because we weren’t hitting stuff on frame. So we have got a lot of work to do.”

The Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC (1-4-1) travel to play The Michigan Bucks (4-1-0) on Thursday, June 16th at 7:30pm ET at Catholic Central High School. The Lions return home to the Mason Multipurpose Field to play K-W United FC (5-1-0) on Thursday, June 23rd at 7:00pm ET and again on Saturday, June 25th at 2:00pm ET

Venue: Mason Multipurpose Field
Referee: Maggie Short
Assistants: Shane Richards, Rob Burdo
Fourth Official: Austin Schoening
Attendance: 118
Weather: Hot and Muggy, High 80’s


44’-Cincinnati-Jacob Meyer  (Assist Dupont)1-0
56’-Pittsburgh-Anthony Virgara (Assist Buschoff) 1-1


19’-Pittsburgh-Bryan Fegley-yelllow
21’-Pittsburgh-Nicco Mastrangelo-yellow

45′-Cincinnati-Scott Lamont – yellow

90′-Cincinnati-Matt Vazquenza – yellow

Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC: Robert (Dane) Wilson, Sergio Reyes (Nick Merhaut 61’), Scott Lamont (Ryan Meyer 66’), Jake Meyer (Martin Sayer 66’), Christian Hay, Chris Dupont, R.J. Best, Jack Clark (Josh Weinzapel 78’), Rudy Lumanza (Kurtis Roberts 68’), Austin Smythe (Matt Vasquenza 63’), Jake Stoval

Subs: Nick Merhaut, Josh Weinzapel, Martin Sayer, Kurtis Roberts, Ryan Meyer, Pedro Diaz, Matt Vasquenza

Pittsburgh Riverhounds U23: Mikal Outcalt, Matthew Bischoff, Bennett Jull, Roosevelth Angulo (Anthony Virgara 45’), Diego Vieira (Corey Mc Curdy 68’), Paul Carr, Dallin Cutler, Nathan Rose (Mason George 81’), Nicco Mastrangelo (Cody West 81’), Jake Cooper (Matt Venanzi 75’), Bryan Fegley (Mario Mastrangelo 66’)

Subs: Cameron Evans, Mario Mastrangelo, Mason George, Corey McCurdy, Cody West, Matt Venanzi, Anthony Virgara

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