Sunday, October 10, 2021

Indy Eleven vs Birmingham Legion FC - 08.30


- Opponent: Birmingham Legion FC
- Location: BBVA Field
- Attendance: -
- Final Score: 3-1 L

- Starting XI: Farr, Timmer, Adewole, Seagrist, Koffie, Partida, Ayoze (C), Moon, Ledesma, Law, Arteaga
- Substitutions: Vassell 67' (Ayoze); Wild 67' (Ledesma); Gutjahr 81' (Partida); Sissoko 81' (Koffie)
- Unused: Edwards, Doyle, Ouimette

- Scoring Summary:
BHM - Brett 8' (assist James) 
IND - Law 42' (assist Moon)
BHM - Crognale (Eli) 74' 
BHM - Rufe 90'+4'

- Bookings:
BHM - Kavita 45' (Yellow)
BHM - Vancaeyezeele 54' (Yellow)
BHM - Rufe 90'+4' (Yellow)

- Referee: Sergii Demianchuk
- Adage goals: None

Thoughts and Opinions

After seeing the Match Notes from Indy, I posted the following on Twitter: 

Well, Indy did their part in that equation. FC Tulsa, however, lost to El Paso and this is being written before Memphis plays. So, once again, Indy is still mathematically eligible for the playoffs. The end of this season is like watching a car crash in super slow motion. You know the end result, but you can't take your eyes off of it and each incremental step is more and more painful since you know you can do nothing about the result that you know is eventually coming.

Indy gave up an early goal in the 8th minute to Nico Brett, but managed to pick one back right before halftime thanks to a Moon cross that Law one-touched over Van Oekel. Moon was playing right back as part of Rogers' ten-man bunker in the first half. At times, it looked like a 5-4-1, with the 5 and 4 portion of that arrangement being separated by 10 yards and the 1 part of that arrangement 30 yards away. This was after they were already down a goal.

In what has become an all to regular refrain, if it can go badly for Indy, it will go badly for Indy. Down a goal, with time running out, Indy pulled Farr up to Birmingham's box on a corner kick. Bounce around, ends up with Rufe, who promptly kicks a 55-yard ball up the field and into Indy's goal. His first ever goal came from the opposite side of midfield.

That's just kind of the way this season has gone.

It feels like this was the final straw, but the math doesn't say that it is. As a viewer watching the slow motion car crash, I kind of want the wreck to happen so that we can assess the damage and begin to tend to the wounded. 

Indy return to Carroll Stadium on Saturday to play this year's final installment of LIPAFC against Louisville. The guys are still fighting to the end, but the math seems like it is catching up to them and the car wreck is going to happen. Having the car wreck happen against LOU might be a fitting and painful way to officially miss the playoffs.

The Game Beckons Game Ball

Just to simplify things for me, tonight's GBGB goes to the goal scorer in Nicky Law. He had the goal and 2 of the 4 shots on target. One the other side of the ball, I thought Timmer had a good game as well.

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