Fulutudilu, Dutch Lions Rally Past Stars ELite

Dayton scores twice in final 10 minutes to overcome late deficit

Photo by Larry J. Clark

Sunday, June 28, 2015 

FAIRFAX, Va. – The Southeastern Conference’s second-place Dayton Dutch Lions (6-2-1) defeated the Braddock Road Stars Elite (1-7-0), 2-1, on Sunday. Braddock Road’s Jen Boyles scored the first goal of the game in the 77th minute, and Dayton answered dramatically with late goals by Meghan Blank and Ode Fulutudilu for the victory.

The Stars Elite are now 0-3 against the Dutch Lions this season.

The first half was scoreless, with Braddock Road holding the better of the possession early, but Dayton created a few dangerous scoring chances. Goalkeeper Rose Chandler had an impressive performance to keep Dayton off the scoresheet in the first half.

As the game opened up in the second half, the substitutes proved to be the difference. Olivia Fiegel, who entered the match in the 67th minute for the Stars Elite, made a run down the sideline beating the Dayton back line and sent a great driven ball across the box to an open Boyles. Boyles calmly cut the defender and finished, giving Braddock Road the 1-0 lead in the 77th.

Just three minutes later, the Dutch Lions tied it up with a goal from Blank.

Dayton continued to push for a second goal to remain in contention for first-place in the Southeastern Conference. It would be the substitute, Fulutudilu, who would ultimately earn the game-winner on a breakaway in the 88th minute to keep Dayton’s playoff hopes alive.

Braddock Road will be back in action at home this Friday against the Charlotte Lady Eagles.