Dayton to host FC Cincinnati in March

Jan 25, 2018
Dayton’s Maik Schoonderwoerd, right, scores on a head ball in the second half against Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff

The Dayton Flyers men’s soccer team will play FC Cincinnati in an exhibition match at 2 p.m. March 24 at UD’s Baujan Field. The game is open to the public.

FC Cincinnati beat Dayton 3-1 at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati last April. Dayton beat FC Cincinnati 1-0 at Nippert in 2016.

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"This is the third straight year where F.C. Cincinnati has provided this great opportunity for our team to compete against a professional side," Dayton coach Dennis Currier said. "The speed of play is always faster with the pro players and forces our team to make quicker decisions on the ball. College soccer has proven to be a major feeder into this professional system and this is a great opportunity for exposure as well."

FC Cincinnati plays in the United Soccer League. It finished sixth in the Eastern Conference last season at 12-10-10. The new season begins March 17, and the game against Dayton falls during the team’s bye week.

Dayton finished 9-8-2 last fall and 6-2-0 in the Atlantic 10.