Created: 04/11/2014 10:39 PM WHEC.com
The Rochester Rhinos secured their first point of the 2014 season with a draw in Dayton against the Dutch Lions at Beavercreek Stadium on Friday night. After losing both matches 3:1 against the Dutch Lions last season, the result was a positive step for Rhinos head coach Bob Lilley and his young club in their quest to return to the playoffs in 2014. Samuel Petrone scored his first goal of the season for Rochester, while Columbus Crew loanee Aaron Schoenfled scored the equalizer for the Dutch Lions late in the second half.
The Rhinos opened the scoring in the 28th minute. Rochester broke out of their own penalty area after a corner kick. The visitors caught the Dutch Lions back line flat, and one through ball from the Rhinos was able to beat five Dayton defenders. Rhinos first year attacking midfielder Samuel Petrone was in front of goal to slot home a finish and give Rochester their first lead of the 2014 season.
At halftime Rochester captain Tyler Rosenlund officially became the 16th player in Rhinos history to appear in 100 matches for the club. The fifth year midfielder has twice led the team in minutes played in 2011 and 2013, and has played in every minute for the Rhinos this season. The 2011 Rhinos MVP is on pace to join the club's all-time top ten list in regular season matches played, matches started, and minutes played this season. Last Saturday night in Orlando Rosenlund became the 15th player in club history to play five years in Rochester.
Rochester made their lead hold up all the way until stoppage time. In the 94th minute the Dayton Dutch Lions played a long ball from the midfield stripe into the Rochester penalty area. Dutch Lions striker Aaron Schoenfeld was able to beat Rhinos goalkeeper Luis Soffner to the ball, and Schoenfeld headed it into the net from six yards out for the equalizer.
The Rochester Rhinos have one more match on the road against the Chicago Fire Reserves on Monday, April 21st at noon in Toyota Park before returning to Rochester for their home opener. The Rhinos open their 19th season in the Flower City on Sunday, April 27th at 4PM against the Charleston Battery.
Tickets for the home opener as well as any other match on the Rhinos home schedule are available by by calling (585)454-KICK (5425), by visiting the MVP Health Care Box Office at Sahlen's Stadium, or by visiting ticketmaster.com. Rochester Rhinos season tickets, flex packages and group ticket sales are also currently available.