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FINAL: Dayton Dutch Lions 2, Erie Commodores 1

U.S. Open Cup 1st Round: Dayton Dutch Lions 2, Erie Commodores 1

Game Summary:

Maybe the most important turning point in Dayton Dutch Lions 2-1 win over Erie Commodores in the first round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on a windy night at McConnell Family Stadium in Erie took place a few moments before the game actually began.

“We were fortunate to win the coin flip,” Dayton Head Coach Dan Griest . “I thought we came out in the first 45, with the wind at our backs, and played some goods soccer, creating a lot of chances. We were very pleased to come out like that, survive and advance.”

Within the first ten minutes of the match, the Dutch Lions had already lined up three corner kick attempts.

“We really tried to keep it, and make them chase us a little bit,” Griest said. “We created a lot of chances and were a little disappointed we didn’t capitalize on more of them.”

The third corner would prove to be the charm.

On a lining ball in, it appeared that Georgios Charkoutsakis redirected the ball into goal, but ultimately the 12th minute tally would be credited as an own goal. 

“He (Georgios) said he got on the end of it,” Griest said. “He’s a big player, lot of physicality, and he’s going to get on the end of a lot of those. So, I’ll take his word for it, but we’ll have to watch the replay back,”

The goal would go in the books as going off Erie’s Craig Quinn.

Somehow, Erie withstood Dayton’s first half assault, which included 12 shots (7 on frame) and seven corner kicks.

While the Commodores were chasing the game for much of the first half, and still had created a few moments as they eventually settled down and started to knock the ball around a bit.

Most notably, Fitzmaurice Torres’ attempt on frame in the 34th minute forced Dayton’s keeper, Fedrico Barrios, to make a quick reaction save.

“To be fair, if you take away their first goal, we created two, possibly three chances in the first half,” Erie Head Coach Dale White said after the match. “They didn’t create too much at that point, so from that sense, it was a positive.”

Erie began the second half with the wind at its backs.

Sure enough, in the 55th minute, they found their moment.

Curtis Strolley was fed a nice ball from Austin Solomon, then dribbled deep into the box, and was able to slip a shot past Dayton’s keeper Fedrico Barrios to level the match.

Despite pulling even with the Dutch Lions, the Commodores couldn’t completely take the momentum of the match.

“We pull to 1-1, and we were in it.” White said. “Unfortunately, we didn’t create enough in the second half.”

Dayton’s captain, Tate Robertson took matters into his own in the 73rd minute. The former Bowling Green University standout alternated between playing in the top of the Dutch Lions formation in the first half, and dropping into a central midfield role which is his more natural position.

Robinson took a pass from Harvey Slade, found some room to maneuver, then unleashed a shot from 15 yards to beat Neto, and give the Dutch Lions the lead.”

“It was well taken,” Griest said. “We created quite a few chances in the game, and nice to get one at such a critical point in the game. He (Robertson) created some space, and hit that ball very well.”

White felt like it was a tough break at that moment.

“We had an injury, and playing with 10 men at that point, as one player (Joseph Bell) was getting treatment,” White explained. “They got a bit more comfortable on the ball. Started running at defenders a bit more. And that’s how the goal came. In that sense, that’s frustrating, but we didn’t create too much in the second half.”

Both coaches knew it would be a tough challenge with Erie having only one training session together before this match, and Dayton less than a week, but both sides still put forth quality play.

White even quipped that some of his players still didn’t even know each other’s names yet.

As for the Dutch Lions, a club that has some positive history in the Open Cup, getting to the Quarterfinals and beating the Columbus Crew along the way when they were a USL Pro (now USL Championship) side, they’ll now look forward to moving on to the second round, and a return trip to Pennsylvania next Tuesday to take on the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.  It will be the first meeting between the two clubs since they were last league foes in 2014.

“It’s always tough to win on the road, but we’re very pleased and excited to be moving on,” Griest said.” Obviously, the Riverhounds we’ll enjoy this eve go there and try to get another result.”




Gameday Updates:


8:35 – GOAL – Dayton

Tate Robinson from 15 yards — buries it!

8:16 – GOAL – Erie, it’s now 1-1!  55′

Curtis Strolley dribbles in and slips one by Dayton GK Barrios.

7:49 – HALF – Dayton leads 1-0.

7:40 – first shot on frame for Erie — nice save by Dayton keeper Barrios.

7:17 – GOAL – Dayton – 1-0

Lining corner kick redirected into net. PA announcer crediting Georgios Charkoutsakis with the goal. Might have been an own goal though.

Dayton with most of possession in first 10 mins. Earn three corners.


Erie Commodores starting XI 

#2 – Ashley Phillips

#3 – Joe Bell

#4 – Alex Brems

5 – Owen Connelly

8 – Curtis Strolley

13 – Tyler Martin

17 – Rhys Wallace

18 – Criag Quinn

19 – Austin Solomon

21 – Andrew Bennett

24 – Kieran Paterson

GK – Nicolau Neto


7 – Matt Dziadosz

9 – Palle Finn Jesperson

10 – Mako Makoanyne

20 – Chris Ralph

22- George Stannard

26 – Billy Colton


Dayton Dutch Lions starting XI

10- Tate Robinson (c)

1- (GK) -Fedrico Barrios

11 -Jonas Fjeldberg

8 -Jackson Dietrich

7 – Sam Deroy

4- Harvey Slade

27 – Peyton Mowery

12 – Abdul Kooistra

5 – Eric Hutton

20 – Jake Stovall

15 – Georgios Charkoutsakis




11 – Tristen Lyle

9 – Alex Frank

13 – Jack Steele

17 – Jazminko Dizdervic

18 – Austin Kinley

19 – James Lamb





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John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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