Indy Eleven Attack Explodes in 4-0 win Over Arizona United
All Tallies Come in Second Half, Paced by Forward Wojciech Wojcik’s Hat Trick
CASA GRANDE, ARIZONA (Friday, March 4, 2016) – Indy Eleven forward Wojciech Wojcik registered a hat trick and winger Duke Lacroix added another goal – all in the second half – to pace the Hoosier State squad to a 4-0 victory over USL side Arizona United FC in exhibition play at the Grande Sports World complex.
Fans can catch reactions from Indy Eleven head coach Tim Hankinson on today’s match and the rest of the squad’s visit to Arizona on tomorrow morning’s edition of 93.5/1070 The Fan’s Soccer Saturday with host Greg Rakestraw. Visit www.1070thefan.com/listen to see how to tune in.
Indy Eleven would be the aggressor in the opening stages of a first half that saw it enjoy the better of the few quality chances created by the two sides. However, it was United getting the first real dangerous looks in the 15th minute, when Jose Cuevas collected a rebounded shot, only to scuff the chance in space from 10 yards out.
Four minutes later Indy could have opened the scoring when Lacroix’s hustle allowed him reach a ball on the endline and bend back a cross for Eamon Zayed, but after sizing the ball up at the far post the striker headed the chance just wide.
The second half was Indy Eleven’s undoing in Wednesday’s defeat to Ottawa Fury FC, but the “Boys in Blue” flipped the script today with a four-spot in the second 45 minutes. It was Wojcik getting on the board first, heading guest midfielder Mike Klain’s cross from the right endline off the underside of the crossbar from the top of the six-yard box in the 55th minute.
Arizona nearly found an equalizer in the 65th minute when an attacker, on the turf after tangling with Indy defender Marco Franco, still managed to get a shot off from inside the six that forced a point-blank save by Eleven netminder Keith Cardona.
Lacroix would get a well-earned goal just before exiting the match in the 69th minute, making no mistake with a low shot to the left post after a deflected through ball popped to him in space 15 yards out. Just two minutes later it was Wojcik causing havoc again, reaping the reward from the corner he drew with a saved shot seconds earlier by accepting midfielder Dylan Mares’ recycled ball and hammering home from close range to make it 3-0.
Wojcik would complete the hat trick in the 80th minute by finishing off a well-worked break down the left flank. Midfielder Nicki Paterson picked out the center channel run by Wojcik, who collected and calmly finished from 15 yards out to finish off the scoring.
With the team’s Casa Grande nine-day trip now more than halfway complete, Indy Eleven will get a couple more days of work in before finishing the exhibition portion of the stay with Monday’s game against another USL side, Orange County Blues FC, at 8:00 p.m. ET (6:00 p.m. local MT). Visit www.IndyEleven.com/preseason for the full details on Indy Eleven’s preseason itinerary leading up to the team’s third season of NASL play beginning in April.
IND – Wojciech Wojcik (Mike Klain) 55’
IND – Duke Lacroix (Neil Shaffer) 69’
IND – Wojciech Wojcik (Dylan Mares) 71’
IND – Wojciech Wojcik (Nicki Paterson) 80’
Indy Eleven 1st Half XI (4-2-3-1, L -> R): Jon Busch; Nemanja VukoviÄ‡, Greg Janicki, Colin Falvey, Lovel Palmer; Gorka Larrea, Nicki Paterson; Justin Braun, Siniša UbiparipoviÄ‡, Duke Lacroix; Eamon Zayed
Indy Eleven 2nd Half IX (4-2-3-1): Keith Cardona; Neil Shaffer, Nemanja VukoviÄ‡ (Greg Janicki 70’) Cory Miller, Marco Franco; Dylan Mares, Don Smart; Duke Lacroix (Lovel Palmer 70’), Siniša UbiparipoviÄ‡ (Nicki Paterson 70’), Mike Klain; Wojciech Wojcik