Saturday, April 6, 2024

Indy Eleven vs Louisville City - 11.05


- Opponent: Louisville City FC
- Location: Lynn Family Stadium
- Attendance: 11,330
- Final Score: 5-3 L

- Starting XI: Oettl, Boudadi, Diz Pe, O'Brien, J., Barbir, Stanley, Schneider, Blake, Lindley (C), Williams, Martinez, Guenzatti

- Substitution: Gibson 62' (Schneider); Ikoba 62' (Williams); Collier 79' (Guenzatti)

- Unused: Sulte, Barbir, King, Wootton

- Scoring Summary:
LOU -  16' Harris (assist Morris)
IND - 34' Blake (Penalty Kick)
LOU - 41' Wilson (assist Harris)
LOU - 50' Wynder (assist Serrano)
IND - 59' Blake (assist Guenzatti)
LOU - 62' Harris (assist Perez)
LOU - 71' Harris (assist Serrano)
IND - 82' Own Goal (McCabe)

- Bookings:
IND - Martinez 32' (Yellow)
IND - Boudadi 40' (Yellow)
IND - Oettl 71' (Yellow)
LOU - Las 77' (Yellow)
LOU - Serrano 87' (Yellow)
LOU - Gonzales 90'+6' (Yellow)

- Referee: Jeremy Scheer
- Adage goals: Three

Thoughts and Opinions

Louisville-Indianapolis Proximity Football Contest

Columbia Broadcasting System


The USL Championship made its national television debut with Indy Eleven and Louisville City FC in a game with one of the longest rivalry names in probably all of soccer. Both teams have players who have played on both sides of the rivalry with, amazingly to me, both starting the game on the bench. Tyler Gibson has been a mainstay in the midfield of both teams and Dylan Mares made a stop in El Paso between his time in Indy and his time now in Louisville. Louisville has started their season in much the same way that Louisville has started most of their seasons. Louisville came into the game undefeated, with three wins and a +8 goal differential. Indy has had inconsistent results in their first four games with a 1W-1D-2L record and a -1 GD.

It took just over 15 minutes for Louisville to cash in on the pressure that they were putting on Indy, showing the two different forms the teams are in for the early part of the season. It took just under another 15 minutes for Louisville to nearly double that advantage when Davila rocketed a ball off Oettl's right post before closing the entire goal and finding Stanley for a clearance.

The first thirty minutes was all Louisville. Just after the 30-minute mark, though, Indy found a way into the game as Boudadi attacked up the wings and found himself clipped inside the box for an awarded penalty kick. Indy's surprising offensive threat this season, Jack Blake, stepped up and put the firmly down the middle of the goal as Las dove to his left. It was against the run of play, but Indy needed it.

Then they threw it right back away because Indy had no answer for Wilson Harris. Harris found another ball up the left side of the field, and placed a ball through the center of the 18-yard box, where an on-rushing Wilson found the ball coming right to him and calmly slotted his first goal of his career over a late-arriving Stanley and out of the reach of a diving Oettl. The teams finished the half with a deserved lead for Louisville. Going into the locker room, Louisville had to feel like they left goals on the field and Indy had to be scratching their head on how the hell they were going to slow down Harris, who was running rampant against one of Indy's best defenders in Boudadi.

What happened after halftime was that Louisville put their foot on Indy's throat and scored a third goal within 5-minutes of the second stanza's whistle. I don't want to say that it was over at that point, but it kind of was semantics at that point. Indy found another goal through Blake in the 59th minute and then promptly gave it right back in the 62nd minute. Harris added another one 9-minutes later for good measure. Indy found a third goal in the 82nd from a Niall McCabe own goal to help with the goal differential. With 10 minutes worth of stoppage time that gave both teams opportunities to add to the EIGHT goal outing, both teams looked like they were tired as shots drifted wide and the game mercifully came to an end for Eleven fans. 

Indy returns to Carroll Stadium next weekend to play Charleston, with questions to answer on how they're going to get their next victory against yet another top of the table team.

The Game Beckons Game Ball
Another game where his ability to score is the only thing that kept this game close for Indy. In the loss, Blake continues to show that he is unafraid to take shots at goal, and is finding the back of it frequently. The GBGB once again goes to Blake.

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