Late Winner by Sergi Lifts CDLFC


Late game heroics from Sam Sergi gave the Cincinnati Dutch Lions their first multi-game win streak of the season. An off-and-on overcast night at Northern Kentucky University saw CDLFC beat division leaders, K-W United, 2-1. The CDLFC win levels the record to 4-4-0 and 3rd in the conference, while K-W United drops to 7-2-0.

In the first half, CDLFC jumped out to a lead just after the 10-minute mark as UC Bearcat teammates connected after a quick free kick. Christian Sosnowski, who made his PDL debut, found Ryan Melink down the sideline who was able to serve a ball to a streaking Austin Smythe on the back post. Melink’s perfect cross and Smythe’s header beat KW goalkeeper Levene for the first goal of the match. The CDLFC goal also was the first goal that K-W United had conceded in the first half all season. After the opening goal, pressure from both teams remained high. An equalizer came in the 37th minute when Ken Krolicki was able to find Kamal Miller off a set-piece. The free kick from K-W United was taken deep in the corner by Krolicki, who served the ball into the crowded box. Miller was able to get a foot on it to send it past CDLFC goalkeeper de la Paz, who was able to get a touch on it.

First half ended 1-1, which set the tone for a thrilling second half. CDLFC came out firing in the second half and nearly took the lead as Jesse Dingjan was through on goal in the 50th minute. Ball just beyond his reach caused a little scuffle in the box between Dingjan and Levene. First substitutions of the match came in the 60th and 65th minutes for K-W United, as they were battling fatigue from playing a match on Monday night. A back and forth possession battle was the story for the second half. A few shots by each team interrupted the possession, but none of K-W’s three shots troubled CDLFC as none were on goal. As stoppage time hit, CDLFC was able to gain possession and move the ball to defender Charlie Rolls. With a little space in front, Rolls took some touches into the attack and found Sergi checking into space in front of his defender. A clever turn created space for Sergi who then unleashed a right-footed curler that beats an outstretched Levene to the back post.

Sergi’s goal moved him to a two-way tie on the team for goals scored (3) and team leader in points (9 – 3g, 2a). The goal from Smythe made him the seventh different goal-scorer for CDLFC. Smythe led all players with three shots, and also leads team in shots on the season (15). Melink and Rolls each earned their first assists of the season while also being the sixth and seventh players to record assists for CDLFC. K-W United’s Krolicki earned his first assist of the season, and Miller’s goal was his second.

CDLFC is away for two games, June 25 at St. Louis and June 30 at Derby City. Next home match is July 3 at NKU. Kickoff is set for 7:00pm. Tickets are available online or at the gate.

Venue: Northern Kentucky University — Highland Heights, Kentucky
Referee: Chad Collins
Attendance: 256

Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC:
de La Paz, Sosnowski, Namjoupanah, Leddy, Rolls, Millay (DeRoy 81′), Barajas (Rasevic 81′), Dingjan, Smythe (Sergi 77′), Ngatcha (Nwabia 89′), Melink (Nuss 90′). Unused subs: McLaughlin, Taylor.

K-W United: Levene, Miller (Rios 72′), Laurent, Springer, Saleh, Tomlinson (Longo 60′), Krolicki, Callahan, Novoth (65′), Barriga (Aborig 65′), Lobe. Unused subs: Brown, Fraser.


CDLFC – Smythe (Melink), 11′

KWU – Miller (Krolicki), 37′

CDLFC – Sergi (Rolls), 90′


KWU – Tomlinson (unsporting behavior), 25′

KWU – Levene (unsporting behavior), 49′

CDLFC – Dingjan (unsporting behavior), 49′

CDLFC – Barajas (unsporting behavior), 77′

CDLFC – Sergi (unsporting behavior), 90′


Full stats available here. Watch all CDLFC home matches through our official YouTube page.

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