The Southern West Virginia King's Warriors and Cincinnati Dutch Lions played to a 2-2 draw Saturday night at Xavier University in Cincinnati.
Elijah Upkong and Gideon Asante scored for Southern West Virginia. John-Ramses Thomas started in goal for the King's Warriors and helped Southern West Virginia (1-2-2) earn a point in the standings with the tie. Jordan Grant and Rowin van Zaanen had the goals for the Dutch Lions (2-0-3).
"We went to Cincinnati determined to compete and get the three points after we believe we didn't do enough at River City when we lost 0-3 on Thursday," said Upkong. "We worked together as a team and we were just unlucky not to get away with the three points. "We play them again on Wednesday and we will be coming here determined again to get the three points."
Cincinnati scored first in the 10th minute as Chris Harmon set up Jordan Grant whose short blast eluded Thomas and the Dutch Lions led 1-0.
Ten minutes later Asante scored, notching his second goal of the season off a free kick. Asante's bending 30-yard shot was perfectly placed placed to tie the match at 1-1.
The King's Warriors took their first lead of the game in the 32nd minute as Itode Fubara fed a ball through to Upkong deep in the box. Upkong's initial shot was stopped by Cincinnati goalie Eric Osswald, but the King's Warriors' forward followed up his own shot nicely. His second shot beat the Dutch Lions' goalie for his first goal of the season, and Southern West Virginia led 2-1 which they held to the half. .
Four minutes into the second half Cincinnati equalized at 2-2. Rowin van Zaanen's shot fooled Thomas as the King's Warriors' goalie seemed to stumble a bit as he watched the shot hit the back of his net
The tie allowed the King's Warriors to halt a 10-game road losing streak dating back to 2012. Southern West Virginia will have an opportunity to snap its 11-game road non-winning streak this Wednesday when the same two teams will meet again in Cincinnati.