FC Cincinnati 2

Guilherme Santos, Kenji Mboma Dem lift FC Cincinnati 2 past Huntsville City FC in 2-1 win

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FC Cincinnati 2 earned three points Sunday night at Scudamore Field at NKU Soccer Stadium against Huntsville City FC in a 2-1 win. The Orange and Blue (9-4-1, 28 points) move into second place in the Eastern Conference, just one point back of Philadelphia Union II for the top spot, while Huntsville City FC (2-9-3, 9 points) remain 15th in the conference standings.

Guilherme Santos opened his goal scoring account for FC Cincinnati 2, striking in the 27th minute to give the Orange and Blue a 1-0 lead. Kenji Mboma Dem tallied his second assist of the season and has now either scored or assisted in three consecutive matches since returning from injury.

Mboma Dem doubled the lead for the Orange and Blue in the 70th minute with a perfectly placed free kick from the top of the Huntsville box. Mboma Dem now has three goals in four MLS NEXT Pro appearances for FC Cincinnati 2.

Huntsville City FC pulled one back in the 81st minute as Forster Ajago converted from the spot to get the Boys in Blue on the board. The Orange and Blue were able to hold Huntsville from finding an equalizer over the final nine minutes of the match to claim their ninth win of the season.

CIN: Guilherme Santos, GOAL – 27’ (1-0) – Kenji Mboma Dem won possession near midfield and evaded Huntsville pressure with a quick exchange of passes with Peter Mangione. Mboma Dem measured a long ball in towards Guilherme Santos and the forward moved past the Huntsville defense with a burst of speed. A good touch and quick shot saw Guilherme roll his first goal for the Orange and Blue past Elliot Panicco.

CIN: Kenji Mboma Dem, GOAL – 70’ (2-0) – In addition to providing the final ball in on the Orange and Blue’s opening goal, Mboma Dem notched a goal on the night from a free kick just outside the Huntsville penalty area. Mangione and Mboma Dem lined up over the dead ball as the pair assessed options, but in the end, it was Mboma Dem with a left footed curling effort up and over the wall to beat Panicco at the near post.

HNT: Forster Ajago, GOAL (PK) – 81’ (2-1) – Huntsville looked to regain a foothold in the match and did so in the 81st minute through forward Forster Ajago, who was able to convert from the penalty spot. Ajago drew the foul in the area before netting his six of the season.

FC Cincinnati 2 are back in action next Sunday, June 30, as they host New England Revolution II at Scudamore Field at NKU Soccer Stadium at 6 p.m. ET. Tickets can be claimed through the FC Cincinnati App with a SeatGeek account. The match will also stream live on MLSNEXTPro.com.

FC Cincinnati 2 vs Huntsville City FC
Date: June 23, 2024
Competition: MLS NEXT Pro
Venue: Scudamore Field at NKU Soccer Stadium
Kickoff: 7:06 p.m. ET
Weather: 83 degrees, clear

CIN: 1-1-2
HNT: 0-1-1

CIN – Guilherme Santos (Mboma Dem) 27’, Kenji Mboma Dem 70’

HNT – Forster Ajago (PK) 81’

CIN: Paul Walters, Isaiah Foster, London Aghedo, Brian Schaefer, GaΓ«l Gibert, Amir Daley (Moises Tablante 78’), Malik Pinto (Peter Mangione 26’), Nico Benalcazar (C), Kenji Mboma Dem (Jesus Castellano 71’), Stiven Jimenez (Yair Ramos 78’), Guilherme Santos (Ben Stitz 78’)

Substitutes not used: Hunter Morse, Alejandro Guido, Juan Machado, Yeiner Valoyes

Head Coach: Tyrone Marshall

HNT: Elliot Panicco, Joseph Skinner (Tomas Ritondale 61’), Nick DePuy (Fernando Ciceron 46’), Faiz Opande (Joel Sangwa 77’), William Perkins, Axel Picazo (Jordan Knight 61’), Isaiah Jones, Ethan O’Brien, Jonathan Bolanos (C), Woobens Pacius (Adem Sipic 46’), Forster Ajago

Substitutes not used: Simon Jillson, Oliver Wright, Alejandro Velazquez-Lopez, Dominic Wilson

Head Coach: Christophe Berra

Shots: 13 / 10
Shots on Goal: 4 / 2
Saves: 1 / 2
Corner Kicks: 1 / 6
Fouls: 14 / 21
Offside: 0 / 1

HNT – Forster Ajago (Yellow card) 58’
CIN – Brian Schaefer (Yellow card) 80’
HNT – Fernando Ciceron (Yellow card) 83’

Referee: Joshua Encarnacion
Ast. Referees: James Duling, Kevin Huet
Fourth Official: Tre Gaither