Dayton, May 19, 2019 - The Dayton Dutch Lions FC Women’s team (1-0-0) had a great start of the season yesterday beating AAFC Lumberjills (0-3-0) with 5-2. The Lions were leading 3-2 at halftime.
DDL FC got on the scoreboard first when Dutch forward Caroline Wolters scored the first goal of the season in the 14thminute on an assist from the right from Ashley Maples. The lead lasted only two minutes because the Lumberjills tied the game 1-1 in the 16thminute when Kennedy Rankin scored the equalizer. The Lions took the lead again in the 30thminute when Claire Fisher connected with Sierra Peacock: 2-1. Only three minutes later Abby McNamara scored her first goal of the game to give the Lions a more comfortable lead. Unfortunately, the Lumberjills got back on the scoreboard when Mackenzie Stroebel scored in the 36thminute off a penalty kick. In the second half the Lumberjills pushed for the equalizer but in the last 10 minutes of the game DDL FC was awarded two penalty kicks themselves. On the first one Claire Fisher scored 4-2, in the 90thminute Abby McNamara scored her second goal: 5-2.
The win puts the Lions in 2ndplace 1 point behind leader Cleveland Ambassadors (1-0-1) with the Lions still a game behind. Head Coach Jim Wendling commented on the win: “I am extremely happy with today’s performance and efforts. The women played very well together as a team”.
The Lions now face Columbus Eagles FC (1-0-0) on Saturday May 25 in another doubleheader with the Men’s team. The Women play at 4pm while the Men kick off at 7pm. The games are part of the International Food Truck Day with several food trucks present at the games providing food from various countries.
Pictures credited to Matthew Cletus.