CDLFC Score Two Late and Hold On for Win


For the second straight Saturday, a battle between Lions occurred with Cincinnati Dutch Lions taking on the St. Louis Lions. Like the previous match between CDLFC and the Dayton Dutch Lions, Cincinnati came away with 3 points in the 2-1 win. Unlike the previous three matches for CDLFC, this match was not an in-division slate but a pairing between the Central Great Lakes Division Cincinnati Dutch Lions and the Central Heartland Division St. Louis Lions.

The typical Cincinnati Dutch Lion attacking flair was on hand again, with another double-digit shooting performance (10). A deadlocked first-half nearly in every category, 0-0 on the scoreboard, 2-2 in shots, 2-2 in saves, and 1-1 in cautions, eventually opened up with a 3-goal second half that ended in CDLFC’s favor with the 2-1 win. Cincinnati utilized their 8-shot second half to get a 2-0 lead in the last five minutes of the match.

Sam Sergi, for the third straight game, earns at least a point for his assist on Kennedy Nwabia’s first goal of the PDL campaign. It did not take long for Nwabia to make his mark on the match as he was subbed in at the 84th minute mark. Nwabia was in the right spot at the right time to finish off a rebound in the 86th minute from a Sergi attempt. The moment for CDLFC finding the back of the net seemed inevitable as they missed a couple of great opportunities on a header over the bar and a header off the crossbar. Shortly after Nwabia grabbed his first goal, teammate Ryan Melink also scored his first goal of the season in the 89th minute. Melink, who earned his first start of the season, showed incredible effort on a bouncing ball that St. Louis Lion goalkeeper Clark could not corral.

The St. Louis Lions were able to bag a goal of their own in the 3rd minute of stoppage time as captain Vadim Cojocov found Dylan Cassidy on a cross to the back post. Too little too late for St. Louis as time ran out as they were looking for an equalizer. Jeremy de Hoog and Kennedy Nwabia led CDLFC in shots with 2 each. St. Louis had three players with 1 shot each, Garbin, Stinson, and Cassidy.

CDLFC will host the Michigan Bucks at Northern Kentucky University on Thursday June 8 with kickoff at 7:00pm. Tickets are available online or at the gate (cash or card). Join the pre-game festivities at the House of Orange Sports Bar & Grill, the official sports bar for the Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC which opens at 6:00pm on June 8. If you cannot make it for the pre-game festivities, come hang out with the team at the conclusion of the clash with the Bucks.

Venue: Northern Kentucky University – Highland Heights, Kentucky
Referee: Leland Grant
Attendance: 270

Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC:
de La Paz, Namjoupanah (Furry 90′), Millay, Leddy, Nance (Rolls 90′), Rasevic (Smythe 75′), de Hoog, Ngatcha (Rogers 65′), Vasquenza (Nwabia 84′), Sergi (Nuss 89′), Melink. Unused subs: Kesler

St. Louis Lions: Clark, Reeves, Gardner, Garbin, Steit (Johnson 90′), McCrudden (Baker 90′), Lamont (Sayer 84′), Stinson (Cassidy 68′), Migliarina (Fiszel 75′), Cojocov, Garcia (Ceesay 75′). Unused subs: Wisener

CDLFC – Nwabia (Sergi), 86′

CDLFC – Melink (Smythe), 89′

SLL – Cassidy (Cojocov), 90+3′


SLL – Lamont (reckless challenge), 41′

CDLFC – Vasquenza (reckless challenge), 43′

CDLFC – Ngatcha (persistent infringement), 58′

CDLFC – Sergi (unsporting behavior), 58′

SLL – Steit (reckless challenge), 68′

SLL – Garcia (reckless challenge), 74′

SLL – Reeves (delay restart), 83′

SLL – Cojocov (reckless challenge), 90+’



Full stats available here. To watch the match in its entirety, check out CDLFC YouTube page.

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