DDL U13B Orange Runners Up in tournament


In the weekend of 21 and 22 of September, the Dayton Dutch Lions FC U13 Boys Orange played the Midfest Soccer Classic in Middletown, Ohio.


The young lions started of the weekend with a 11.45am game against a unknown opponent, the GNA Revolution 13 Blue. With some good possession play and some nice combinations the lions won this game with 7 goals to 0. A game they totaly dominated and that gave them a good boost of confidence for their second game that day.


At 4.45pm the lions kicked of their game against the home team, Middletown Oxford Force. It ended up being a competitive game that the young lions won with 4-0 but the level of play was lower then expected. Coach Sid after this game “The boys know I expect more from them, we played very nervous and where to static, not being able to take better advantage of our team strengths. Despite that I am of course happy with the win and the automatic qualification for the final and it’s also good to know that when the team game doesn’t go that well that we have individual players that can step up and decide games for us.”


With two wins in the first two games and the bad results from the other two teams in group B, the young lions guaranteed the first place of the group and qualification for the final that would be played the next day.


But before that final game the lions had another group game that needed to be played, so at 11.45am on Sunday they kicked of against the Cincinnati Soccer Alliance Premier. Thi game ended in a 4-0 loss for the young lions. Coach Sid after the game This result doesn’t surprise me, the boys where already with their heads in the final and we played a team that was more motivated to play then we where… Not an excuse and the boys know that as well, let’s focus on the final now!”


And at 3.00pm the lions faced the Cincinnati United Newcastle, a team that came from 3 big wins in the group phase. The lions started the game very strongly with high pressure on the ball and the opponent’s defensive line creating some good chances and scoring the first goal of the game, giving the young lions the lead in this final. Unfortunately the lead didn’t last to long with the Cincinnati team scoring the tying goal just before half time. In the second half the game was going both ways, with two good teams playing a good level of soccer. After a fast break away over the right side the lions conceded their second goal of the game… With 15 minutes to go coach Sid decided to change to a more attacking formation but despite the many opportunities the young lions where able to create they where unable to score and ended up losing the final 3-1. Coach Sid “After the way we started this game and when we scored the goal I thought we had this win… But unfortunately we didn’t… Our opponent today kept playing a good style of soccer and where more lucky then we where with their finishing. Overall i think it was a good tournament, with some good games and another good learning experience for this talented group.”


The Dayton Dutch Lions U13 Boys Orange return to work this Tuesday, preparing their Buckeye league game on Saturday morning. Kick off is at 9.00am at McClure Park.

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