Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Indy Eleven vs St. Charles FC - 03.04


- Opponent: St. Charles FC
- Location: St. Charles Field - Lutheran High School
- Attendance: -
- Final Score: 9-0 W

- Starting XI: Reason, Otto, Cherry, Cuneio, Snyder, Unkraut, Rogers (C), Pelkowski, White, Jacomen, Mitchell

- Substitution: Adam 61' (White); Bagley 61' (Rogers); Budish 61' (Cuneio); Chester 61' (Mitchell); Darey 61' (Otto); Sexton 61' (Jacomen)

- Unused: Blair

- Scoring Summary:
IND - Jacomen 13' (assist Mitchell)
IND - Rogers 27' (unassisted)
IND - Rogers 31' (assist Pelkowski)
IND - White 45' (assist Mitchell)
IND - Mitchell 49' (assist Rogers)
IND - Jacomen 55' (assist assist Mitchell)
IND - White 58' (unassisted)
IND - Bagley 75' (assist Budish)
IND - Pelkowski 79' (unassisted)

- Bookings: 
STC - Hollingsworth 8X' (Yellow)

- Referee: Velimir Stefanovic
- Adage goals: None

Thoughts and Opinions

With a midweek game on the road, the veterans of the team stayed back home with their day jobs while the up-and-coming players returned to the starting lineup. St. Charles started the same four players up top, but from the midfield back to goal, Barcom was the only other holdover from last week's game. In the early stages of the game, the names and faces changed, but the possession and play was clearly still tilted in favor of Indy Eleven. With the exception of a single effective counterattack by STC that ultimately resulted in a shot from Hollingshead that rattled the crossbar, the ball rarely crossed the midfield line into Indy's defensive half. 

Mitchell and Jacomen broke through the compact STC defense to get the scoring started. That goal by Jacomen in just the 13th minute of the game was the game winner. Indy tacked on three more goals before halftime as Rogers picked up a brace, and White rounded out the scoring to go to the halftime break up 4-nil. After last week's game, when I asked him what he could take from the game moving forward, he stated, "not much really." The goal of this game was to show that the younger players could do the same thing as the vets did last week against an overmatched opponent.

St. Charles haven't scored on the season. They were outscored 4-nil in back-to-back games against Lexington, lost 10-nil to Indy last week, and gave up another 9 tonight, but have yet to score their own goal on the season. After tonight, they sit with a -27 goal differential and have just 4 shots on target.

St. Charles have the distinction of being the only team to have defeated Indy Eleven in regular season play, but these are two teams that have drastically different levels of talent. Indy dominated in the loss last year when they had one of those days when they couldn't capitalize on their chances and STC found the back of the goal twice in their only two real opportunities. With the exception of that result, this has been a completely one-sided affair. Since the loss, Indy has outscored St. Charles 35-nil. There were moments in this game when the camera didn't even bother panning to Indy's defensive half and just waited for the ball to return to STC's defensive half where the majority of the action occurred. 

The best defense St. Charles provided tonight was late in the game when Darey stepped up to take a penalty kick and the turf literally came out of the ground, forcing Darey to slip and send the ball skyward. Between the crappy camera work and a missed penalty due to turf issues, it will be nice to return return home to Grand Park on Sunday to play Lexington with reasonable turf and good television production. Lexington has started the season with two early wins against STC, but lost to Kings Hammer this past Saturday. Coach Dolinsky thinks the remaining home games (Lexington, Racing on the 7th, & Kings Hammer on the 12th) might determine who makes the playoffs from the Valley Division so Indy fans get out in force to support your Girls in Blue.

The Game Beckons Game Ball

Like the last game, it's difficult narrow it down when three players score a brace, but the edge tonight goes to Mitchell who accounted for 4 of the goals before being subbed out in the 61st minute. She opened the scoring in the second half, but contributed a hat trick of assists. So Mitchell gets tonight's GBGB due to her ability to affect the game and put other players in positions to get their own goals.

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