Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Indy Eleven vs Kings Hammer FC - 01.07


- Opponent: Kings Hammer
- Location: Mustang Athletic Center
- Attendance: -
- Final Score: 1-1 D

- Starting XI: Wood, McCarthy (Ro) (C), Kraszula, Bahr, Dean, Lynch, Chatterton, Rogers, McCarthy (Ra), Soderstrom, Williams

- Substitution: Cherry 45' (Lynch); Chester 45' (Kraszula); Gajdobranski 62' (Dean); McCalligett 62' (Chatterton); Bulatovic 65' (McCarthy, Ra)

- Unused: Phillips, McLaughlin

- Scoring Summary:
KHFC - Young 2' 
IND - Soderstrom 19' (unassisted - I assume)

- Bookings:
KHFC - Alexander 79' (Yellow)

- Referee: ??
- Adage goals: One

Thoughts and Opinions

1. Open Opponent's Twitter account.
2. Find game thread.
3. Refresh.
4. Scroll to bottom of thread.
5. Rinse and repeat steps 3 through 5 for 2 hours.

I guess it goes with the territory of a pre-professional league, but as I stated for the Flint City away game, and will reiterate here, "let's start with an appreciation of Greg Rakestraw and Margaret McLaughlin and the production value of the Indy Eleven home games." Indy have now played 4 away games and only two of those have been streamed (I'm looking at the barely tweeted Racing Louisville game here too).

After a delay to 7:25 PM due to heat index concerns, KHFC's first tweet about starting didn't happen until 7:37 PM. Two minutes later and Indy were already down a goal. It would seem that Indy can, at times, have some issues getting off the bus on the road and being ready to play, as the same thing happened in Ann Arbor when they gave up a goal in just the 17th second. Luckily, it's not sudden death, first team to 1, and there were still 88 minutes remaining (+ stoppage time).

Thanks to an informational assist from @IndyMatt who was at the game taking photos, we know that Katie Soderstrom tied the game in the 19th minute, seemingly off a rebound from a shot from...somebody.

Final Update:

As I had plenty of time between updates from KH's Twitter, I went and looked at the Kings Hammer roster and noticed an Indiana connection with Whitney Wells (Cincinnati, OH) playing her collegiate soccer at my second (& Brad Hauter's) alma mater, DePauw University. Whitney is going into her Junior season at DePauw, having played in 12 games last season and scoring once. 

I also went back and looked at the the 16-person squad that King's Hammer brought to Indy for the opening match on May 6th. What I found interesting is that today's KH roster only had 7 of those same players (only 6 of which played in the first game), and 4 of those players didn't come on today until halftime. I guess it should seem obvious that a team that has jersey numbers well into the 40s, likely has a large roster and the ability to rotate more players. There are 38 players listed on the KH roster page and it looks like there was quite a bit of lineup turnover from the KH team that played on Sunday

Did the temperatures and the fact that Indy started 8 of the same players that started the game on Friday night while KH were able to play fresher players affect tonight's result, so that the division's last place team got a draw out of the division's first place team? It probably didn't hurt them.

In such a short season, we've already come to expect wins and convincing wins from this team. An early goal conceded, three games in a week, and scorching temperatures means that, to me, a draw on the road is a perfectly acceptable result. Particularly since I have very little visible evidence to tell me otherwise.

Indy return home to play Racing Louisville on Friday night and will go a long way towards who finishes first or second in the division. Get your tickets and show your support.

The Game Beckons Game Ball

With so little to go on, I'll go ahead and give the GBGB to Soderstrom, the goal scorer.

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