WEST CARROLLTON, OH (July 9) The Dayton Dutch Lions FC (4-3-5, 17 pts) welcomed the Kokomo Mantis FC (4-6-2, 14 pts). This was the second meeting between these two teams as the Lions defeated the Mantis 2-1 earlier in the season.
Both teams started quickly, but both struggled to keep possession as passes were sprayed out of the middle and did not find their target. Both defenses were highly focused as neither want to make the first mistake of the game.
Dayton found a way through though in the tenth minute when Rafael Gamboa made a run down the left, connecting with a ball that had skipped past the Kokomo defense. Holding, Gamboa waited for defender Paul Messerly to run across the eighteen. The low cross was picked up by a running Messerly and put to the right of the Kokomo keeper. Dayton was on the board, 1-0.
Kokomo wasted no time however, and in the seventeenth minute Sven Ricci found the back of the Dayton net, tying up the game at one.
The fast pace continued as play moved end to end. The tackling was fierce from both sides as each pressured and anticipated play.
Dayton got their second chance of the night in the thirtieth minute. Michael Frasca cut in on the right and slipped the ball through to Eric Lynch, who moved left and slid the ball into the back of the net, giving the Lions the lead again 2-1.
The Mantis continued to battle back and in the thirty sixth minute a direct kick was lofted into the box and picked up by Hugo Sanchez. He put the ball past the Dayton keeper to tie the game up for the second time.
The first half ended even, Dayton Dutch Lions FC 2, Kokomo Mantis FC 2.
The back and forth fast paced game continued into the second half with both teams looking to move ahead.
Dayton’s Eric Lynch chipped a ball over Kokomo’s defense and Rafael Gamboa picked up the ball on the other side. As the Kokomo keeper came out Gamboa flicked it over the keeper but the ball lofted slightly high and gave the Kokomo defense time to run back and clear the ball out of the goal.
It proved a costly miss when Kokomo came right back down the left. A ball was sent across to Sven Ricci who took on Dayton’s keeper, one versus one, and put the ball into the far corner, giving the Mantis the 3-2 lead.
The opponent’s lead would not last long though as the ball returned to the Dayton side. A quick series of passes led N’Duka Kemjika to gain possession and he fired the ball into the back of the Kokomo net at close range, tying up the game at three.
Dayton’s Mateus Gama and Eric Lynch continued to fire in shots, keeping Kokomo’s goalie Kyle Ihn on his toes.
The Lions dominated the attack in the second part of the half but the Kokomo defense and goalie were there to deny the opportunities.
Dayton received a direct kick as their last play of the game. The ball put in carefully found two players heads but ultimately lofted over the goal. The exciting second half wound down with the Dayton Dutch Lions FC 3, Kokomo Mantis FC 3.
Dayton’s Coach Sid van Druenen had these comments after the game. “Besides the result, I think we are satisfied. Especially the second half, we created so many chances, had most of the possession. We took some risk going forward and they were able to capitalize on the chances they created. Sometimes this game you love ends this way. I was really hoping we could finish that last one and give the fans a victory. I feel like we had four or five games that we tied that we should have won. It was an entertaining game and it was a good crowd. It’s not every day where you score three and still don’t get the victory. I hope we gave the fans a good show. ”
Dayton (4-3-5) travel to play TFC Academy (1-7-4) on Friday, July 15th at 4:00 pm EDT at the Kia Training Ground. The Lions finish off their season on the road playing K-W United (9-2-1) Sunday, July 17th at 4:00 pm EDT at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Venue: DOC Stadium
10’ Dayton-Paul Messerly (Rafael Gamboa) 1-0
17’ Kokomo-Sven Ricue 1-1
30’ Dayton-Eric Lynch (Michael Frasca) 2-1
36’ Kokomo-Hugo Sanchez (Sven Ricue) 2-2
57’ Kokomor-Sven Ricue 2-3
62’ Dayton-N’Duka Kemjika 3-3
20’ Dayton-N’Duka Kemjika-yellow
73’ Dayton-Michael Brezovsky-yellow
84’ Kokomo-Troye Kiernan-yellow
90’ Kokomo-Troye Kiernan-yellow (2nd)-Red
90’ Dayton-Dan Bent-yellow
Dayton Dutch Lions FC: Will Lukowski, Bradley Schluter (Mateus Gama 45’), Dan Bent, Michael Brezovsky, Paul Messrly, Christian Kershaw, Brady Blackwell, Eric Lynch, Michael Frasca, Rafael Gamboa (Lewis Dunne 78’), N’Duka Kemjika (Daan de Blank 89’)
Subs: Nathan Jones, Colton Oord, Joseph Furry, Daan de Blank, Jack Cousin, Lewis Dunne, Mateus Gama
Kokomo Mantis FC: Kyle Ihn, Hugo Sanchez, Matheus Camargo, Bryan Ciesiulka (Eduardo Alito 42’), Mattin Najafi, Arjan Mostafa, Sven Ricue (Mitch Hopkins 71’), Connor Corrigan, Rodolfo Lopes (Hakeem Sadler 64’)(George Poppas 79’), Alec Andall, Troye Kiernan
Subs: Eduardo Medeiros Filho, Jon Otting, Mitch Hopkins, Hakeem Sadler, Jesus Gonzalez, George Poppas