Martin Scores in Stoppage Time to Send Indy to USL W League Final
WESTFIELD, Ind. - A stoppage time goal from Alia Martin proved to be the match winner as Indy Eleven earned a 3-2 win over San Francisco Glens SC, giving the Girls in Blue their first trip to the USL W League National Final.
The USL W League Valley Division Champion Indy Eleven traded goals with the Nor Cal Division Champion Glens, but it was a goal in the 91st-minute form Martin that sealed the victory.
The Girls in Blue got on the board first as Addie Chester picked up her fourth goal of the 2023 season. Maddy Williams found herself alone coming down the right side of the field and sent a cross into a crowded 18. Ella Rogers struck first, having her shot blocked, and Chester picked up the rebound to secure the early lead for the home side.
Just before half, the Glens picked up the equalizer with a 40th-minute set piece goal from Nadia Gomes.
The Eleven's second go-ahead tally came via an assist from Indy's leading goal scorer Sam Dewey, who picked up her first helper of the season on a through ball to Williams. The goal was Williams' eighth of the season and came from a play that started with a Katie Soderstrom interception in San Francisco's half.
Again San Francisco was able to even the score, this time it was Gomes assisting Caryn Penn on a strike from outside the 18 in the 64th minute.
One more lead change would be all it took to send the Girls in Blue to the USL W League Final as center back Martin was pushed forward into the attack in stoppage time. Williams inserted herself into the play once again down the right flank and sent a ball in to Maisie Whitsett. Whitsett's header back across the goal found Martin, who lifted a header of her own over the outstretched arms of the Glens' goalkeeper. The goal was Martin's first of the season and Whitsett's third assist.
Indy Eleven will host NC Courage U23 in the National Final as part of an Indy Eleven doubleheader on Saturday, July 22. NC Courage defeated Eagle FC, 4-1. The women will play at 2 p.m. ET with the men to follow at 7 p.m. against Tampa Bay. One ticket will get fans into both match-ups at Carroll Stadium.
Complete USL W Bracket & Info
USL W League - National Semifinal
Indy Eleven 3:2 San Francisco Glens SC
Friday, July 14, 2023 - 7:00 PM
Grand Park Sports Complex - Westfield, Ind.
2023 USL W League Records
Indy Eleven: 8W-1L-1D (3-0-0)
San Francisco Glens SC: 10W-1L-1D (2-1-0)
IND - Addie Chester 14'
SFG - Nadia Gomes 40'
IND - Maddy Williams (Sam Dewey) 50'
SFG - Camryn Penn (Nadia Gomes) 64'
IND - Alia Martin (Maisie Whitsett) 90+1'
SFG - Jennie Immethun (caution) 60'
IND - Addie Chester (caution) 87'
Indy Eleven lineup: Nona Reason, Grace Bahr, Alia Martin, Annika Creel, Jenna Chatterton (Lizzie Sexton 80'), Sam Dewey (Maisie Whitsett 72'), Greta Krazula (Rafferty Kugler 80'), Ella Rogers, Maddy Williams (Susie Soderstrom 90+2'), Addie Chester, Katie Soderstrom
IND substitutes: Emily Edwards, Emma Johnson, Rhonda Ojongmboh
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