The Boys Indianapolis College Showcase wrapped on Sunday, here are some highlights.
FC Revolution U18 International 2 – 2 Warren County SC B96 Elite
Warren County jumped out to a 2-0 half time lead over the Revolution Sunday morning, but the Revolution flipped the script in the second half and forced a 2-2 tie.
Just four minutes into the match Warren County was already on the board with a goal from Zach Youst. He almost got an assist a few minutes later on a pass to Bryson Gurr after dribbling into the 18-yard box, but the shot was saved.
The Revolution forced some close calls of their own in the first half, most notably when Richard li Botts used the classic “hey look over there” strategy on a free kick and passed the ball the other direction to Nikko Azevedo, but Azevedo’s cross found no one.
Both sides had plenty of opportunities due to the wide open nature of the game. Neither team could maintain possession so it was just attack after attack.
After an unsuccessful attack from Warren County in the 34th minute, Anjel Clemente tried to clear the ball but severely shanked it and sent the ball rolling in front of the net. Jonathan Sheridan moved in and knocked it home.
Despite the 2-0 deficit, the Revolution were playing like they were in complete control. That didn’t change in the second half and they quickly answered with a goal from Botts in the 44th minute.
Later, a Warren County defender tried to pass to a teammate without noticing he’d moved to a different spot. Austin Aguilera took the errant pass, delivered it to Azevedo who easily got behind the back line and scored for the equalizer.
Once the match was tied back up, both sides tightened up their play and the match slowed down, grinding to the 2-2 finish.
Evansville SC 98B Blue 0 – 0 FWSC 98B Academy
In a battle of the goalkeepers, both sides came away with clean sheets as Evansville tied FWSC 0-0.
Neither side lacked opportunities to score a game-winning goal. For FWSC, those opportunities came early and often. Niko Rongos rushed the box in the ninth minute with only the keeper to beat and the keeper managed to deflect the ball off to the side. Rongos nearly controlled it before it rolled out and would have had an open net, but couldn’t get there quickly enough. They had two more chances in the 11th minute with shots from Nathan Dove and Rongos and another in the 14th, but they were all saved or kicked high.
After a barrage from FWSC, Evansville took their turn in the first half. In the 30th minute Andrew Hammond was running to his left and shot the ball back across his body towards the right post forcing a diving save from the Cameron Fox. He had another chance in the 36th minute off a pass from Austin Horsting, but missed the frame.
The second half featured slower buildup from Evansville followed by counter attacks from FWSC, but the keepers traded saves each time.
With just two minutes remaining, FWSC had one more chance with a direct kick from the right corner. Jack Haines took a shot from the tough angle and missed high.
Time expired shortly thereafter and the scoreless tie was final.
CL Force Elite 4 – 1 Galaxy SC 98-99 Blue
With two matches so far and no winners, the Force jumped out to an early lead and unlike Warren County, extended it for a 4-1 win.
It took only three minutes for Benjamin Kassel to score on a run in from the right side of the Galaxy third. He took a pass from Justin Rutherford, dribbled into the box and had the keeper guessing which way the shot would go. He guessed wrong and the Force led 1-0.
Andrew Grabowski broke away in the 28th minute, scoring on a right-footed touch in a one-on-one situation with the keeper.
In the 51st minute, Kassel scored the goal of the match. With just the keeper to beat, he got fancy flicking the ball over the keeper’s head and letting it roll slowly across the line for a 3-0 Force lead. Seven minutes later Grabowski got his second goal after getting by two defenders and sending the ball into the left side of the net.
Keeper Alexander Kern had a clean sheet up to that point, but mistimed his jump to clear a corner kick in the 67th minute. After tipping it just out of his own reach, Matt Bludgen came in and headed the ball past to score the Galaxy’s only goal.
Chicago Edge SC BU17 Premier 3 – 0 Indy Premier SC 98B Legend
The Chicago Edge took advantage of an own goal from Indy Premier in the first half and used it to propel them to a 3-0 win.
The Indy keeper saved two goals in the early minutes, but wasn’t so lucky on Chicago’s attack in the 15th minute. Cuyler Dull made a run down the left sideline and beat defenders in the corner before crossing the ball to the top right of the 18-yard box to the waiting Max Klevgard. Klevgard shot the ball towards the left post and the goal seemed to control it, but knocked the ball backwards after the bounce into the net for an own goal.
Outside of the own goal, the Indy keeper had a strong performance, but couldn’t stand up to Chicago’s constant attack and slew of shots on goal.
Chicago scored again seven minutes later. Harrison Engoren got the goal after gathering Evan Kindler’s deflected shot.
In the 62nd minute, Chicago had a chance to go up 3-0 on a penalty kick. Ethan Gillman was tackled from behind on a run into the box drawing the foul. The penalty went off the left post though.
Two minutes later they scored again anyway. Engoren dribbled in to the right side of the 18-yard box, passed across the frame to Gillman, who send his shot back to the right. The quick change of direction gave the keeper no chance.
Indy’s best chance all day came in the 76th minute, but couldn’t produce a shot. Race William dribbled into the 18-yard box and delivered a chip-shot pass over the defender in front of him to a teammate, but the ball was stolen and cleared before he could gain control. A clean first touch would have resulted in a shot from about 10 yards out.
The 3-0 win for the Edge wasn’t the largest margin this weekend, but it was still one of the most convincing matches. Their stifling defense and unending attack simply outclassed Indy.
Dynamo FC 99 Mens Katner 3 – 1 Indiana Fire Juniors 99B (3) Navy
The Dynamo capped off the weekend in style, with a 3-1 over the Indiana Fire in the final round of matches.
Continuing the theme of the day’s matches, they scored in the opening minutes. This time, it was Nicholas Ginn in the third minute. He dribbled down the left sideline and into the box, beat three defenders on his way towards the goal and shot a high-angle ball past the keeper.
The fire had a chance to answer in the 36th minute. Kj Clardy took a shot from the left side towards the right post. The ball got by the keeper, but deflected off the post and rolled along the end line back into the keeper’s hands.
Heading into the second half, the Dynamo’s 1-0 lead didn’t stay that way for long. Brett Wainscott made a 48th minute run past the back line and had his first shot blocked as the keeper slid into the shot and hit the ball with his foot. Wainscott controlled the deflection though and his second shot was out of the keeper’s reach.
The Dynamo extended their lead again in the 56th minute. Wainscott made another run into the box and was tackled illegally earning a penalty kick. Unlike the Fire’s penalty on the same goal in the first half, the Dynamo’s attempt rolled easily into the right side after the keeper guessed left.
The Fire got on the board in the 71st minute and continued to play at a frantic pace in the final 10 minutes in attempt to get back in the match, but it was too little too late and the Dynamo secured a 3-1 win.