Dayton – The Dayton Dutch Lions FC (0-3-2) took on the Derby City Rovers (0-4-1) at DOC Stadium under rainy conditions Wednesday evening. Both teams were looking for their first win of the season, hoping to get out of the bottom of the Great Lakes Division. The Rovers came away with the win, led by a Karl Jones hat trick, the Lions 5-0.
The Derby City Rovers had the first set play opportunity and they took advantage of it. In the ninth minute Dan Schiavi took the corner kick, finding the foot of Karl Jones for the first goal of the game.
The Dayton Dutch Lions continued playing their game, passing and keeping the majority of possession. In the twentieth minute Entienne Esajas laid the ball off to Irakli Khutsidze who shot, but the ball went wide left of the goal. The twenty-fifth minute saw Eric Kissinger run down the left side sending the ball across the goal, but a sliding Michael Frasca could not put a foot on the ball. The thirtieth minute saw Frasca lay the ball off to Esajas who took a shot right to left, but the ball rolled wide.
Despite having the majority of chances, the Lion’s gave up a second goal to the Rovers in the thirty-second minute. A series of passes down the left gave Sam Stockton the ball and a good pass to Jones allowed him to put the ball in the far back corner of the net.
The Rover’s Jones netted himself a hat trick in the forty second minute. Running onto the ball and beating Lion’s keeper Chris Froschaur to the ball, he tapped the ball into the back of the net for his third of the night.
The Lions ended the first half, down by three.
The second half Dayton subbed in four players immediately, Coach Ball, unhappy with what he had seen on the field.
But as the Lion’s worked on adjusting, the Rovers took the ball down the right and Tom Moody got a shot off that deflected and went into the goal. In the fifty third minute Andre Carvalho-Landell was handed a gift when Lion’s keeper Tyler Blackmer came out for a pass, but gave it away for a goal instead. After a poor start for Dayton in the second half, the Derby City Rovers led the Dayton Dutch Lions 5-0 with a lot of time remaining.
The Rovers spent the rest of the half trying to keep possession while the Lion’s tried to regroup and score. The game ended: Dayton Dutch Lions 0 and the Derby City Rovers 5.
Assistant Coach Smith commented: “Obviously the result was not what we were looking for. We came off pretty flat. They scored an early goal on us that put us on our heels. We missed a couple of early chances to get us back in the game. A few mistakes here and there and we are down 3-0 at halftime. We pushed for some goals in the second half, it doesn’t come and we made some more mistakes and they put two more in on us. It comes down to not capitalizing on our chances, giving them goals off mistakes. We are looking forward to trying to get a better result next game. Next game is Saturday, so we don’t have much time to regroup and have a better result, but that’s what we are working toward.”
The Dayton Dutch Lions FC (0-4-2) will play at home at DOC Stadium on Saturday, June 20th at 7:30pm against the TFC Academy (1-4-1). They travel Friday June 26th to play Forest City London (5-1-1) at the German Club.