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We started really well until IU came into the game in the first half.  Even half overall.  Second half was basically IU with the possession as SLU could not sustain moves forward and appeared to be playing for the counter as we let IU play through the back around half line.  Klein had a couple nice chances as did Johnson.  
 

Disappointed but on the other hand, the fact SLU was able to win the A10, get to the NCAAs, and win a game is pretty good relative to the rebuild we had to do with so much talent leaving last year.  Now we will see what a couple years success can do to help keep momentum going for the program especially on the recruiting front. Recruiting class is reportedly tops in the NCAAs but I hope the biggest talents of the group make it to SLU’s campus next year.  Replacing Tofern, Klein, Buendia, Suarez, and Warrington should be manageable.  
 

 

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5 hours ago, SLUBALLS said:

We started really well until IU came into the game in the first half.  Even half overall.  Second half was basically IU with the possession as SLU could not sustain moves forward and appeared to be playing for the counter as we let IU play through the back around half line.  Klein had a couple nice chances as did Johnson.  
 

Disappointed but on the other hand, the fact SLU was able to win the A10, get to the NCAAs, and win a game is pretty good relative to the rebuild we had to do with so much talent leaving last year.  Now we will see what a couple years success can do to help keep momentum going for the program especially on the recruiting front. Recruiting class is reportedly tops in the NCAAs but I hope the biggest talents of the group make it to SLU’s campus next year.  Replacing Tofern, Klein, Buendia, Suarez, and Warrington should be manageable.  
 

 

Add Okpoye and Shternenberg, to your departing Seniors list, and, subtract Buendia.  

As I’ve shared with you more in depth away from the board, SLU has immediate impact caliber players up top, on the wing, in the midfield, center back and outside back in addition to what they return. SLU will also be working the transfer portal as well. It’s a record year for transfers.

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Indiana 1 SLU 0
 
Overall a good effort for SLU. One seemingly harmless clear turned into a goal for IU. 
 
Much of the lineups were as expected, Grady was back from concussion protocol and he had a good game. Buendia moved back to defensive midfield and was injured in the 2nd half. IU went with Goumballe on the RW and brought Endeley off of the bench. 

Blustery day. That factored into some positioning changes in the game. Lots of good pressure from SLU in the first, trapping the wings. Forcing turnovers. Good work from CJ. He even turned Munie inside out with a tough angle chance. SLU played very high, and they were active. Lane service for Easton header

One early defensive play was Seth back tracking doubling Wittenbrink with Max along SLU’s right side. SLU started Seth on that side to go against Wittenbrink. And another play where Buendia gave support there. IU’s goal later was when Max was left 1v1 with Wittenbrink without support. Later in the game, SLU wasn’t as effective on the turnover to Wittenbrink and he made them pay for it. Talked pregame about how Wittenbrink has been a really nice find for IU on the left wing this season. Another red shirt player development success story. 

First half, IU had a good chance off of Wittenbrink winning the corner and taking a nice short one and centers to Wagoner and a great reflex save for Carlos.
 
Shterenberg with a great shot far post past the keeper but a nice kick save stop for maher kept it even. CJ was a handful, and made the play. 
 
IU started having more success when they moved Goumballe to the middle and inserted Endeley at right wing. It gave them more pace and width in the 2nd.
 
Set piece service wasn’t a strength for SLU much of the game. 
 
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In the 2nd, an effective diagonal ball (needed a few more of those) from Alberto to Seth who started a play with Alex and Johnny. Johnny put it just over the bar. 
 
Lane throw, Max double header to Johnson who ripped it far post and once again Maher saved a goal. Mads later made a run in the box but slipped before he could get a shot off. 
 
IU goal was a SLU goal kick, 50/50 midfield IU sent it over the top, Suarez was on it with Goumballe chasing him. Alberto back to Goumballe, rushed and fanned a bit on the out of bounds clear. Wittenbrink ran onto it, and he kept going running downhill at Max, cutting in and hitting a perfect shot from 15 low far post. It was a simple play that quickly turned into a goal. Alex was a little late to get back, Max gave slightly extra space and Alberto was late to help close out for the double. Carlos a bit flat footed. Perfect shot. 
 
SLU didn’t press as high in the 2nd, and wasn’t forcing as many final third turnovers. However, much of Indiana’s build from the back East West possession where they were able to get a little closer to half field didn’t leas to a whole lot. Munie and Maher were rock solid at center back as expected. It’s a game of a few chances both ways and IU was able to finish one. 
 
 

 

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Some scores of note:

Creighton 3 Washington 1

Blue Jays go on the road at top seed UDub and take it. (SLU won at Creighton 3-2 this year)  Sweet 16. Field conditions were much better. 

https://twitter.com/creightonmsoc/status/1594504346041032704?s=21&t=y58bxvZiUyCbrLIh78oQww

https://twitter.com/creightonmsoc/status/1594524936449585152?s=21&t=y58bxvZiUyCbrLIh78oQww

https://twitter.com/creightonmsoc/status/1594526025735700485?s=21&t=y58bxvZiUyCbrLIh78oQww

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Western Michigan 1 Lipscomb 0. 

(Lipscomb was a SLU opponent this year. And we recently discussed Western Michigan in soccer conference realignment this week.

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Vermont 3 SMU 2

(SMU was a SLU opponent)

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