USL PRO Game Report
Saturday, July 19, 2014
WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio - The Charlotte Eagles rallied to take a 2-1 victory against the Dayton Dutch Lions FC on Saturday night DOC Stadium on Saturday night. David Estrada and Darren Toby scored for the Eagles, who moved within a point of the playoff positions with victory as they kept the Dutch Lions winless in league play at home this season.
Neither side was able to create many offensive opportunities early on, but the Eagles came close to taking the lead in the 14th minute after a scramble in the Dutch Lions' penalty area, only for Dayton goalkeeper Matt Williams to parry a shot and his defense to clear. The Dutch Lions would answer back a minute later when Joel DeLass was denied by Charlotte goalkeeper Alec Kann.
Dayton continued to have chances, and in the 18th minute Eli Garner received a pass and ran down the left to cross to a waiting Guilherme Felix, who would shoot. The ball would take a deflection off a Charlotte defender and reach at Cameron Vickers, who would take another shot, but Kann was able to recover to save
Charlotte would not be so lucky in the 22nd minute when Felix would put a ball to the right over his defender that Matt Walker was able to run onto, and the Columbus Crew loanee finished well past Kann to put the Dutch Lions ahead.
Charlotte came close to an equalizer in the 28th minute when Estrada would find an opening and fire a shot to the bottom-right corner, but Williams would make a diving save to push the ball behind for a corner. Charlotte got back on level terms in the 36th minute, however, when a cross from the left found an open Jorge Herrera, who would cross back to the middle as Bilal Duckett had his chance saved, only for Estrada to put away the rebound to make it 1-1 at the break.
Walker had a chance to regain the lead for the Dutch Lions in the 52nd minute when he sent a pass out to the right to Vickers, who found himself wide open in front of Kann, but his shot would go wide of the Charlotte goal. The Eagles took advantage of their first big chance of the second half in the 60th minute when Estrada ran down the left and sent in a pass to Toby at the top of the penalty area, and the veteran fired into the right side of the Dutch Lions' net to put Charlotte up 2-1.
Dayton would continue to fight until the end, but the only danger the Dutch Lions created were several long throw-ins, with none truly threatening to turn into an equalizer.
“I think in the first half we showed some good moments and a nice goal," Dutch Lions coach Sid van Druenen said. "Offensively they broke us down a few times. At half time we were hoping we could fix the little mistakes in the back and keep the pace in the game but we were not playing with confidence and spirit that you need to get the win. I don’t have an explanation as to why we didn’t win. Overall it was a very disappointing result. All we can do is focus on next week.”
The Dayton Dutch Lions FC (5-12-2) remain at home on Saturday, July 26th to play OKC Energy FC (6-7-4) at 7 p.m. ET. They play the Harrisburg City Islanders (5-7-5) at DOC Stadium on August 2nd at 7 p.m. ET. For season and individual game tickets, visit the Dutch Lions website.