Win Streak Snapped in St. Louis

The two-game win streak CDLFC was riding came to an abrupt end on the road against the St. Louis Lions at the Tony Glavin Soccer Complex. In the return leg of the home-and-home pairing between non-divisional opponents evened the record at one win and one loss for each side. It took two penalty kicks and a late stoppage time goal for the St. Louis Lions to get revenge on CDLFC, as St. Louis prevailed 3-0 on Sunday afternoon.

Early in the first half, CDLFC looked poised to take control of the match several times. The first great chance came from CDLFC midfielder, Jesse Dingjan, who was through on goal but did not make St. Louis goalkeeper Casey Clark sweat as the shot missed high. Shortly after the 20-minute mark, Dingjan played Peguy Ngatcha through who failed to test Clark again and missed wide. It took 33-minutes, but Austin Smythe was able to tally the first shot on goal by either team, as he pounced on a loose ball from a corner kick, but this time Clark was there for his first save of the match. Both teams had their fair share of possession opportunities with more chances coming for CDLFC, but the Dutch Lions were only able to get one of their three shots on goal in the first half. As first half stoppage was announced, St. Louis had a corner kick fall safely into the arms of Zeus de la Paz. A botched quick distribution had the ball right back down the CDLFC defense’s throats. After a clearance out of the box, a whistle from the center referee came as he pointed to the spot. A minor coming together of both teams revealed CDLFC defender Keyarash Manjoupanah had held St. Louis forward Vadim Cojocov. Both players receive a yellow for their involvement and Cojocov was able to beat de la Paz for the first goal of the game as halftime whistle blew.

The second half played much like the first half, trading possession and shots. All three of the CDLFC shots in the second half were on frame and Clark able to collect three more saves. St. Louis put an additional few shots on target with de la Paz collecting four second half saves. In the 85th minute, another whistle from the center referee came along with another penalty. Vadim Cojocov was able to beat de la Paz to collect his second goal of the match. As the visitors tried to claw their way back from a 2-0 deficit late, a midfield turnover from Arthur Rogers led to Greg McCrudden finding Cojocov by himself against de la Paz. The late counterattack goal made it 3-0 to the hosts and a hat trick for Cojocov.

With the win, St. Louis moves to first in the Central Heartland Division at 6-2-1 (W-L-D). The loss drops CDLFC to fourth in the Central Great Lakes Division at 4-5-0 (W-L-D). Each team has five regular season matches remaining.

CDLFC will travel to Woehrle Soccer Complex on Friday June 30 for the third-and-final match with Derby City Rovers, kickoff at 7:30pm. After the Derby City clash, CDLFC will host the last regular season home match on July 3 at 7:00pm against the Dayton Dutch Lions. Tickets are available online or at the gate (cash or card).

MATCH SUMMARY
Venue: Tony Glavin Soccer Complex – St. Peters, Missouri
Referee: Tom Kuczwara
Attendance: 155

LINEUPS:
Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC: de La Paz, Sosnowski (Nwabia 77′), Namjoupanah, Leddy, Rolls (Nuss 63′), Millay (DeRoy 59′), Barajas (Rogers 72′), Dingjan, Smythe (Rasevic 59′), Ngatcha (de Hoog 88′), Sergi. Unused subs: McLaughlin.

St. Louis Lions: Clark, Johnson (Diaz 86′), Streit, Reeves, Garbin, Baker, McCrudden, Stinson (Boateng 75′), Garcia (Migliarina 48′, Fiszel 90′), Cojocov, Blentlinger (Cassidy 81′). Unused subs: Richt.

SCORING SUMMARY

SLL – Cojocov (penalty), 45′

SLL – Cojocov (penalty), 85′

SLL – Cojocov (McCrudden), 90′

DISCIPLINE

CDLFC – Millay (unsporting behavior), 21′

CDLFC – Manjoupanah (unsporting behavior), 45′

STL – Cojocov (unsporting behavior), 45′

CDLFC – Smythe (dissent), 45′

STL – Stinson (unsporting behavior), 52′

 

 

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