Vanegas late goal keeps Indy undefeated headed into home opener
CINCINNATI, OHIO (Wednesday, May 24, 2023) – in their second game of the week and second game on the road, Indy traveled to Cincinnati to face Kings Hammer FC for the first time this season. It would take 75 minutes and multiple balls off of the woodwork before Indy eventually scored the lone goal of the game and earned three points on Wednesday night.
Although Indy controlled the possession, both teams spent the majority of the first half feeling each other out. The Girls in Blue would have a handful of shots toward the frame, but nothing would end up in the back of the net, sending both teams into the locker room scoreless.
Making two subs early in the second half Indy would continue to put pressure on Kings Hammer, leading to multiple shots hitting the woodwork but nothing on the scoreboard.
After multiple chances and no goals, Maria Vanegas would be the eventual goal scorer in the 75th minute when she pounced on a loose ball in front of the Kings Hammer goal and buried it in the back of the net. After subbing off two of their starting forwards, Indy held the ball for the remaining minutes and hold on for a 1-0 win on Wednesday night.
The Girls in Blue will return home on Friday, June 2when they play the first of back-to-back games against Racing Louisville. Following their home opener on June 2, Indy will head to Louisville for the back half of the two-game season series on June 6.
2023 USL W League Regular Season
Wednesday, May 24, 2023 – 7 p.m. ET
Corcoran Field – Cincinnati, Ohio
Indy Eleven: 3W-0L-0D, 9 pts
Kings Hammer FC: 1W-2L-0D, 3 pts
IND – Maria Vanegas 75’
Indy Eleven lineup: Emily Edwards, Grace Bahr, Jenna Chatterton (R.Dewey 73’), Trinity Watson, Lizzie Sexton (Rafferty Kugler 62’), Greta Kraszula (Maisie Whitsett 45’), Hal Hershfelt, Ella Rogers, Katie Soderstrom (Madisyn Hunt 80’), Cassidy Lindley (Maria Vanegas 73’), Addie Chester (Marel Houweling 80’)
IND substitutes: Nona Reason