Maddy Williams’ Brace Keeps Indy Undefeated through 11 Games at Sold Out Grand Park Events Center
WESTFIELD, Ind. (Sunday, July 3, 2022) – Indy Eleven capped the Westfield portion of its USL W League regular season home slate with a 3-1 win over Kalamazoo FC in front of a sellout crowd of 1,019 at the Grand Park Events Center this afternoon.
Eleven forward Madison Williams scored her ninth and team-high tenth goals of the campaign, including the match-winner in the 68th minute, to help keep the recently crowned Great Lakes Division champions undefeated at 9W-0L-2D with one match remaining in the regular season.
After wrapping up the division title – and the playoff berth that accompanied it – two nights prior at Detroit City FC, Eleven head coach Paul Dolinsky had the luxury of rotating his squad, which included giving goalkeeper Kate Phillips, defender Nikia Smith, and forward Katie Koger their club debuts in the starting XI.
“It was our second game in under 72 hours. We were tired, but the ideas and the intent were fantastic, and the discipline was there. We stayed patient and we broke through with Maddy’s second goal there late in the second half,” said Dolinsky after the match. “It was a good performance. Expectations are always set to a standard that you want to go out and win a game, and we did that a little differently today. I’m really happy with the way the girls were able to grind and do what was asked.”
As it has in all five of its home matches to date, Indy Eleven took the game’s opening goal, this time in the 13th minute. Forward Rachel McCarthy began the play by winning a goal kick and carrying to the endline before playing centrally to the six, where Williams cut inside her mark to redirect into the lower left corner and give the Eleven the early lead.
Kalamazoo looked to have a case for a penalty just shy of the half hour mark when Grace Labadie tried to turn inside the area and went down under contact. While no point to the spot was made, the visitors nearly made good on the corner that ensued, only to see a header whistle over frame from close range. Williams kept the pressure up as the half progressed, her block of a goalkeeper clearance in the 33rd minute nearly going in and a shot from distance in the 40th bouncing just wide, leaving Indy’s lead at 1-0 heading into the halftime break.
Kalamazoo came out of the locker rooms the aggressors, and their increased possession in the attacking third paid off in the 57th minute. Off a throw in, Laura Maria controlled to the left endline and centered a ball into space across the six that Hannah Thompson finished low and inside the right post to brings things back to square at 1-1.
However, Indy made sure the deadlock was short-lived through Williams’ last action of the day. Eleven midfielder Ella Rogers intercepted in midfield and quickly played a through ball that sprang Williams into the left side of the area, where she bounced a low shot off the inside of the far right post to re-take the lead.
The Girls in Blue maintained control of the match from there on out, giving Kalamazoo no serious threats on Phillips’ goal over the final 20 minutes. After making her debut Friday in Detroit, 14-year-old midfielder Emma Johnson came off the bench to register another first – her first W League goal – that gave Indy an insurance tally just before stoppage time. After a failed clearance fell to her feet at the top of the area, the Indiana Fire Juniors Academy product took two touches left before firing home from 15 yards, setting off a jubilant celebration with her teammates and cementing a fifth home win in as many outings this season.
The Indy Eleven women will close out their inaugural regular season schedule by taking part in a special USL Championship/W League doubleheader against Detroit City FC next Saturday, July 9, at IUPUI Carroll Stadium. The 2-for-1 ticket for that game day at “The Mike” – where Indiana’s Team will look to break the attendance record for a women’s soccer match in the Hoosier State of 4,137 spectators – will gain fans admittance to both the 2:00 p.m. women’s kickoff and the 7:00 p.m. men’s nightcap.
Tickets for the doubleheader are available for purchase at indyeleven.com/wleague-tickets, starting at just $15. To learn more about the newest edition of Indiana’s Team representing the women’s game – including upcoming news on the squad’s USL W League Playoffs Quarterfinal Round contest – stay tuned to indyeleven.com/wleague.
2022 USL W League Regular Season – Matchday 11
Indy Eleven 3 : 1 Kalamazoo FC
Sunday, July 3, 2022 – 1:00 p.m. ET
Grand Park Events Center – Westfield, Ind.
Indy Eleven: 9W-0L-2D, 29 pts., 1st in Great Lakes Division
Kalamazoo FC: 2W-8L-1D, 7 pts., 7th in Great Lakes Division
IND – Maddy Williams (Rachel McCarthy) 13’
ZOO – Hannah Thompson (Laura Maria) 57’
IND – Maddy Williams (Ella Rogers) 68’
IND – Emma Johnson (unassisted) 89’
Indy Eleven lineup: 30-Kate Phillips (GK), 5-Grace Bahr, 7-Becky Dean (19-Emma Johnson, 62’), 12-Maddy Williams (10-Milica Bulatovic, 69’), 13-Jenna Chatterton, 22-Greta Kraszula (15-Isadora Gajdobranski, 69’), 23-Robyn McCarthy (captain) (6-Julia Leonard, 62’), 24-Rachel McCarthy (20-Reese Sochacki 62’), 26-Ella Rogers, 27-Katie Koger, 28-Nikia Smith
IND substitutes: 1-Mackenzie Wood (GK)
Kalamazoo FC line-up: 2-Grace Labadie (Lilly Mih 45’), 4-Jennifer Reyes, 8-Hannah Thompson, 9-Bailey Korhorn, 12-Claudia Muessig (18-Gabriella Scholten), 17-Olivia Depauli, 21-Mackenzie Ford, 25-Claudia Schilling, 31-Ariana Stultzfus (26-Destiny Garcia, 78’), 33-Laura Maria (11-Sophia Blankenship, 69’), 99-Emily Ponstein
ZOO substitutes: 34-Samantha Kay