Dayton Dynamo FC improved to 5-2-1 in National Premier Soccer League play on Sunday afternoon, defeating the visiting Fort Pitt Regiment by a score of 2-1. First half goals by Chris Dupont and Tate Robertson propelled Dayton to victory. An own goal in the second half was the only blight on the stat sheet.
Chris Dupont deposited Dayton’s first goal in the 24th minute. Tate Robertson carried the ball down the right flank, creating space for cross to the far post where Dupont was making a run. The perfectly place pass fell at Dupont’s feet, and the tap-in finish was elementary.
Dayton doubled its lead twelve minutes later. Dupont switched the field with a pass from left to right to Matt Kinkopf, who took a few touches and blistered a strike from 20 yards. The ball streaked beyond the hands of the outstretched goalkeeper into the top of the net for Kinkopf’s third goal of the season.
“I thought we controlled the game the majority of the first half,” said Dynamo FC Head Coach Dan Griest. “Obviously, we put ourselves in a good spot going into halftime 2-0.”
Fort Pitt cut into the Dynamo lead nine minutes into the second half when Dayton had problems clearing the ball on set pieces. A Regiment free kick was headed over the end line. The ensuing corner kick caused problems for Dayton’s defense. Fort Pitt did a good job of keeping the ball in the attacking third, and Kebe Baye eventually deflected a ball into his own net.
“Unfortunate to concede that goal, which changes the game,” Griest said. “I think we let them get back in it a little bit. Once we got some fresh legs on in the last 20 to 25 minutes we got back to controlling the game.”
The win keeps Dynamo FC record a perfect 3-0-0 at home at Roger Glass Stadium, where Dayton will host the Rochester Lancers on Friday, June 16th at 7:30 pm.