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PREVIEW | Armada Searches for Points in Midweek Match with Indy

Both teams look for a win to climb the table Hodges Stadium on Wednesday
Sep 27, 2017

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Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. EST | Hodges Stadium (Jacksonville, Fla.)

 

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The Jacksonville Armada FC (2W-3D-4L, 9pts, 7th NASL Fall) looks for points in a midweek matchup with Indy Eleven (2W-1-D-5L, 7pts, 8th NASL Fall) at Hodges Stadium on Wednesday.

The Armada FC is coming off a tough loss at home against the league-leading Miami FC. The visitors handed Jacksonville a 3-0 loss Sunday after an early goal by Stéfano Pinho, and then a brace by Jaime Chavez in the second half.

Indy Eleven is also coming off a loss, a shut out by FC Edmonton on the road on Sept. 17. FC Edmonton held a one-goal lead going into halftime and then doubled that lead after a penalty was won in the 78th minute to bring the final score to 3-0.

With both teams looking to recover from their losses, they also are in desperate need of points as the Fall Season winds down and the race to the postseason picks up. Jacksonville is hopeful to break a winless stretch of five home games because the team found success in the previous matchup with Indy.

In the last meeting between Jacksonville and Indy, Jack Blake made some history in Indianapolis to give the visitors three points. Blake notched two goals before halftime before Indy could get on the board. In the 62nd minute, Blake scored his third goal of the night and the first hat-trick in Armada FC history. Ben Speas and David Goldsmith both added goals for Indy after Blake’s hat-trick, but it was not enough for a win.

 

SERIES HISTORY

The teams are tied, 3W-4D-3L

 

LAST RESULT

Armada FC 3, Indy Eleven 2 – 8/26/17 | RECAP

 

NOTABLES

  • Miami broke Jacksonville’s three-game unbeaten streak on Sunday.
  • Jacksonville’s Jack Blake has scored four goals in the first half of the Fall Season, tied for the most of any player. Three of those goals came in the last matchup with Indy Eleven, the first hat-trick in franchise history.
  • Indy’s Jon Busch has the second-most saves of any goalkeeper (85), but also the most goals conceded in the league (38).
  • Jacksonville’s Aaron Pitchkolan and Mechack Jerome lead the league with 1,473 passes each. Kevan George and Kalen Ryden are also among the top ten players in number of passes.
  • Mechack Jerome leads the league with 135 clearances, while Aaron Pitchkolan and Kalen Ryden are also among the top ten players with the most clearances.
  • Jacksonville forward Tony Taylor made his first appearance Sunday in over a month, after suffering an injury on Aug. 20

 

BY THE NUMBERS

2 – More goals than Jacksonville scored by Indy this year, 31 total

7 – Shut outs by Jacksonville, third-most of any team

8 – Goals scored by Jacksonville’s Jack Blake, tied for third-most goals in the league

14 – consecutive league road games in which Indy Eleven has conceded

15 – Percent goal conversion rate held by Jacksonville, second-highest in the league and two more than Indy

 

LOOKING AHEAD

The Jacksonville Armada FC will next hit the road for two away matches. First, the team will travel to South Florida for the final match with Miami FC in the Fall Season on Sunday at 6 p.m. Then, the team visits FC Edmonton on Friday, Oct. 6.