In only their fourth game of existence Indy Saints survived several counter attacks by Lincoln United and clinched their first win in club history with a 3-1 victory. In the first half the Saints put together an aggressive attacking performance that saw former Indy Eleven player Chris Wey create or start several opportunities for the home side. Finally, the Saints broke the deadlock in the 38th minutes from a corner when Kegan Boom won the ball inside the six and played it to Brandon Eley who back heeled the rock in the net.
Lincoln United tied the match early in the 2nd half after number 4* was able to slip through the Saints back line and was assisted by number 11*. The Saints retook the lead just a few minutes later as second half substitute Pierce Daly found the goal for the game winner. In the 61st minute an open Rashid Sagane found the ball deep in the final third on the right flank and connected with an unmarked Chris Wey inside the eighteen to give the Saints 3 points and the win.
On the field
For a semi-professional league that is fourth tier in the U.S. Soccer pyramid both Lincoln United and Indy Saints FC implemented a sophisticated high tempo tactical game that saw each squad have the presence of mind to know when to press, take away gaps, keep their shape, and open up their opponent on the counter. Also each midfielder and forward positioned themselves in transition areas for those counters to be successful. In terms of technical ability, both Saints and United had players that displayed a consistently good first touch and showed confidence with the ball at their feet. Typically, these leagues and situations attracts big athletic players that use their physical ability rather than vision and skill. However, today was not the case as each player proved why they can play at the collegiate, semi-pro, and for those lucky at an even higher level.
Off the field
You could tell the game day staff, made up of only a few passionate individuals who love the game, took on the task of making the most complex situations seem so simple by creating a family like atmosphere where fans and even the opposing team felt right at home. Everything from tickets, showing the location of the restrooms, and even refilling the water jug for Lincoln United. Everyone at Saints FC made it look easy.
Indy Saints FC will be under the lights at Park Tudor High School’s Memorial Stadium next Saturday against the Huskers of Lincoln Soccer Club. Kickoff slated for 7 p.m.
*Lincoln United’s roster was not updated or changed on their website prior to the match. Therefore I had to use numbers.