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Match Report | Cleveland SC vs Southern Indiana Guardians

Cleveland SC match against Southern Indiana Guardians
Photo by Carter Grogan

Cleveland SC Dominates Southern Indiana Guardians FC with an 8-1 Victory

Written by Allen Jones Jr.

After back-to-back road losses, Cleveland SC aimed to get back on track with their home match against Southern Indiana Guardians FC. In their previous encounter, Cleveland SC triumphed 7-2. The two clubs met again on Father’s Day under the afternoon sun at Drive Morris Stadium on the campus of North Olmsted High School.

In the first half, Cleveland SC implemented a high press, leading to Stanislav Koval winning the ball and subsequently earning a penalty, which he converted to make it 1-0. The second goal came from a superb possession play, with Griffin Meyer making a skillful run past two players and slotting it home, assisted by Keegan Dawson. Despite some impressive saves by the Southern Indiana goalkeeper Liam Fitzgerald, Stanislav Koval scored again, this time from a Chris Cvecko cross that bounced across the box. Koval then assisted Griffin Meyer with his second goal in the game. Southern Indiana's Trey Denigan received the first yellow card of the game. The first half ended with Cleveland SC leading 4-0.

Cleveland SC vs Southern Indiana Guardians
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In the second half, Cleveland SC made substitutions, with Ryan Polling coming on for Brenden Moher and Lucas Oliveira replacing Uleto Fuentes. Ryan Polling quickly made an impact by saving a shot from a Southern Indiana counterattack. A corner for Cleveland SC led to the fifth goal, scored by Julian Pellegrini after a mishit by Koval, earning him his second assist of the game. Further substitutions saw Noah Zebrak replace Jordan Lewis, Matthew DeCapua for Daniel Tregansin, and Jaden Wright replace Julian Pellegrini. The sixth goal followed a long ball to Lucas Oliveira, who dribbled around the goalkeeper and passed to Koval for his hat trick. Southern Indiana's Msambya Fanesi received a yellow card for a bad challenge. The seventh goal was an easy tap-in for Ethan Jacobs from a Chris Cvecko cross. In the 80th minute, Jaden Wright won a penalty and converted it for the eighth goal. Trey Denigan was sent off in the 83rd minute after receiving a second yellow card. In the 89th minute, Noah Zebrak conceded a penalty and received a yellow card, Cleveland SC's first of the game. Southern Indiana's Aaron McMinn converted the penalty to make the final score 8-1.

At full-time, Cleveland SC emerged victorious with an 8-1 win over Southern Indiana Guardians FC. Cleveland SC's effective possession play and high pressing caused multiple errors from Southern Indiana, leading to several goals. The defense remained organized and in control throughout the match. Stanislav Koval was named Man of the Match, scoring three goals and providing two assists, constantly troubling the Southern Indiana defense and creating numerous chances.

This victory moved Cleveland SC into fourth place based on goal differential, tying with Akron City FC and Michigan Rangers FC in points, with a record of 4-0-2. Cleveland SC will next travel down I-77 to face their Great Lakes Conference rival, Akron City FC, this Saturday evening at Green Street Stadium on the campus of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School at 7 PM.

Cleveland SC vs Southern Indiana Guardians
Photo by Carter Grogan

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