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Justin A. Cohn
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Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette

Indiana Tech midfielder Zachary St. Aubin, left, and Roger Lee of the University of Indianapolis collide as they try to head the ball.

If you go
What: Shindigz National Soccer Festival

When: Today

Where: Hefner Fields

Teams: Indiana, North Carolina, Michigan State, Goshen, Indiana Tech, Indianapolis, Trine, Anderson, Xavier, Loyola, IPFW, Valparaiso, Marquette

Admission: $5 at Walgreens, 800 Degrees, Connelly’s Do it Best; $7 at gate

FORT WAYNE – The Indiana Tech men’s soccer team can play with a lot of different styles. That’s because they have players from around the world – they think the game differently, play the game differently and even celebrate goals differently than many North American teams.

The Warriors’ global talents were on display Friday at the Shindigz National Soccer Festival in their 4-2 victory over the University of Indianapolis, giving the fans at the Hefner Soccer Complex plenty to see, including raucous back-jumping celebrations.

“Sometimes, we act like it’s a big pro match,” said Zachary St. Aubin, a forward from Manteno, Ill., who had three goals against Indianapolis.

Adam Knight scored Indiana Tech’s other goal.

The roster of 21 players includes three from Ireland (Robbie Kiernan, Padraic Ormsby and Stuart Mitchell), three from England (Knight, Reece Richardson and Ryan Hayhurst) and two from Canada (Reon Treavajo and Mac Baker), plus Paulo Delgadillo of Bolivia, Camilo Rodriguez of Columbia, Igor Guanaes of Brazil and Fabian Kaufmann of Austria.

“They all have a unique way of playing. Each of them that come from a different area have a different cultural understanding of the game, and it takes awhile to blend that in with the blue-collar local guys,” Indiana Tech coach David Bokhart said.

“We’ve got some good Illinois, Michigan, Indiana guys who work real hard and are good guys from the core of our team, but we have some different guys that we can sprinkle in and do some different things and help the diversity of our team. Over time, we’ll get to know each other a bit better and get to know those abilities that they each bring.”

Friday’s game was an exhibition match, which was fine by the Warriors, who have been hobbled by injuries.

“The first 45 (minutes) were a little bit more indicative of what the regular season will look like,” Bokhart said. “We’re not deep enough, right now, in terms of some injuries, and some other guys are working through some paperwork, so we weren’t going to manage 90 minutes very well.”

The Warriors went 10-6-3 last season, but they showed promise against Indianapolis with St. Aubin shouldering the scoring load. “It doesn’t really count,” he said of the hat trick, “but I’m looking forward to the season.”

Part of the challenge will be getting the players’ styles to jell. “We incorporate a lot of styles and it takes us awhile to get to know each other, get meshed,” St. Aubin said, adding that ultimately the Warriors’ uniqueness could make them uncontainable.

“(Our diversity) is probably one of our advantages.”

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