FC Cincinnati: 3 takeaways from a 3-0 win against NKU
FC Cincinnati nets three goals as they take down Northern Kentucky in the team's first local outing
Entering into today, FC Cincinnati had previously played and beaten Tampa Bay and Indy. Now, they win their third straight preseason game, taking down D1 college, Northern Kentucky University. For FCC, Forest Lasso, Dekel Keinan, and Tomi Ameobi (who was in his first game for FCC) netted the team's goals.
These two teams both got what they needed to out of this game. FCC was shown some ways that they will be able to improve while NKU was able to gain invaluable experience from playing one of the best second division teams in the USL.
That said, we're going to get into the top three takeaways from the team's fourth preseason game and first local game.
Takeaway No. 1: FCC must finish better moving forward
Per NKU's official stats, FC Cincinnati finished the game with 25 shots and 8 on goal. Although they did end up with three on the scoreboard, physically, they could've pushed this game even further, especially being able to bring in almost an entirely new lineup at the 60' mark. FCC's three goals were all phenomenal crosses, two of which were by newcomer Daniel Haber.
This team, as Coach Koch said, has three naturally 9's, and they will be able to push this season. However, just like last season, they'll drop several games during the season if they can't finish off more of these chances.
Takeaway No. 2: FCC's following is back and better than ever
Being able to be in the press box during this game, it was often mentioned that NKU prepped for 1,200 to attend. They ended up crushing that number. Ending with a total of 1,497, or at least that's what it was supposed to be, FCC's "Bailey" showed up and were proudly chanting for the Orange & Blue again.
FCC has one of the league's strongest fan bases and easily hit their mark of 15,000 season ticket holders for the 2018 season. Hey, MLS, did you read that?
Takeaway No. 3: NKU should be exceptional this season
NKU's Horizon League Goalkeeper of the Year, Jim Barkei, got the start for the Black & Gold. Although he gave up three goals in his 88 minutes of action, Barkei played fantastic soccer, recording five saves on the day.
Along with a newcomer from New Zealand and the returning of Harvey Moyes, an All-Freshman team member for the Horizon League, Stu Riddle and his staff should enjoy the fruits of some excellent scouting. Remember: just two years ago, this team won one game, and this season, they might go into the Horizon League as one of the league's top teams. HC Stu Riddle has done an excellent job with the program as it continues to excel under his leadership.
As for FCC, this might be their best team ever, entering their third league in the USL. They will be back on the pitch against Nashville City SC on Saturday. This game will be Gettler Stadium, the University of Cincinnati outdoor soccer stadium.