Match Report — Torrent Take Down FC Indiana In the Rain
MILWAUKEE, WI — Torrent captain James Weber could not miss last night, as Milwaukee won 3–1 in a non-conference friendly against FC Indiana. The Torrent captain had two goals and an assist, and was named man of the match.
The Torrent came out fast right from the start, and had a shot that bounced off the crossbar in the opening minute. In the eighth minute, Dustin Ashley had a shot off of the inside of the post, and was unlucky to not go in.
However, just twelve minutes later, Milwaukee was rewarded for their high-press and forced a turnover that eventually got them on the board. The ball was served in from 25 yards out by Nemanja Medic, and the ball found a diving James Weber, who was able to get his head on it and place into the corner of the net, to give the Torrent a 1–0 lead.
The Torrent let up on the gas after that, and became complacent towards the later end of the half. In the 41st minute, Jarom Farnsworth dribbled past five Torrent defenders and was able to slot it past keeper Nick Berry, tying the game at one.
Head coach Andy Davi had a sour taste in his mouth about the way the half ended, and inspired the team to come out stronger in the second half.
“We were not pleased with the performance at the end of the half,” said Andy Davi. “We told them you have to go out there and score a goal in the first five minutes, and they were able to do that. We knew we were the better team, and we had to prove it.”
The Torrent did just that. Two minutes after the second half started, Declan Rodriguez got on the end of a ball from Weber, and flicked it past the FC Indiana keeper giving the T’s a 2–1 lead.
However, that was not all the scoring that was had in the early-goings of the second half. In the 50th minute, James Weber notched his second goal of the match when he flicked a hard-driven ball from a corner, which was taken by Chris Kurth. Weber now leads the team in goals scored with 5, and in assists with 4.
From there, it remained all Torrent, as they were able to control possession and frequently launched a counterattack when after a turnover. The defense was stout, and allowed few chances.
Despite poor weather conditions from the start of the match, Nemanja Medic thought that the rain helped the Torrent, especially on the counterattack.
“Tonight’s weather was great soccer weather,” said Medic. “We were able to press high up the pitch together, make the teams turn the ball over so we can counter. We have speed up front and in the midfield, and tonight we were able to expose them because of our formation and press.”
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News and Notes
Goals: 3 (Weber, ’20 // Rodriguez, ’47 // Weber, ’50)
Yellow Cards: 0
FC Indiana Statistics:
Goal: 1 (Jarom Farnsworth, ‘41)
Yellow Cards: 3
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Next game: Saturday, 7/2 Away @ LC Aris FC, 6:00 PM, UW-Viterbo.