Indy Eleven Forward Duke Lacroix’s Individual Effort Earns 2016 Goal Of The Year

The young forward weaved his way through defenders before a nifty finish
NASL Staff (@naslofficial} | Nov 8, 2016

Indy Eleven forward Duke Lacroix continued to grow during his second year in the NASL and could play a big role when his team plays in The Championship Final on Nov. 13 against the New York Cosmos.

One particular moment during the 2016 Fall Season showcased the Young Player of the Year nominee’s ability and earned him the 2016 NASL Goal of the Year Award, as voted on by the fans.

“Indy has the best fans in the NASL – a lot of guys in a lot of numbers,” Lacroix said. “We make a lot of personal connections, too, with the fans and it’s a good group of guys. They come in week in and week out. They show their support, they’re loud and boisterous and a lot of smoke and chants. To have the support the entire year and to be at the end of an accolade like this means a lot, especially coming from the fans of the league and of our team, and the support is truly special.”

Using a combination of strength, quickness and finishing, while weaving through several defenders, Lacroix scored on a tremendous individual effort in the 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rowdies. The finish was Lacroix’s second goal of the year.

Lacroix’s tally was the opener in the win over Tampa Bay as he also picked up an assist, which helped derail the Rowdies’ postseason aspirations.

“Just to be nominated was kind of a surprise to me,” Lacroix added. “To be with the type of goals throughout the year was truly special.”

Previous Winners
2012: Kevin Venegas (Minnesota Stars)
2013: Pedro Mendes (Atlanta Silverbacks)
2014: Christian Ramirez (Minnesota United)
2015: Junior Burgos (Atlanta Silverbacks)

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