Indy Eleven has first home defeat in front of sellout crowd

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Two back-to-back goals for FC Edmonton midway through the first half proved enough to outlast Indy Eleven in a 2-1 road win at Michael A. Carroll Stadium. Despite getting an own goal in its favor shortly after the pair of Eddies’ tallies, Indy Eleven could not put another past Edmonton ‘keeper John Smits, much to the chagrin of the sellout crowd of 10,285 in Indianapolis.

The game began fairly evenly, with heavily contested back and forth ball movement in the midfield. FC Edmonton’s Mike Banner and Indy Eleven’s Brad Ring both received yellow card cautions in the 10th and 12th minutes, respectively, setting the tone for a match that was chippy throughout.

Ball movement was the downfall for Indy Eleven, allowing Edmonton to net their first goal of the match. A poor back pass by Indy defender Jamie Frias resulted in an unassisted goal by Edmonton’s Daryl Fordyce in the 24th minute. Fordyce placed the ball low and left, rolling past Eleven goalkeeper Kristian Nicht and into the back of the net.

Edmonton continued to press coming out of the kickoff and netted another less than two minutes later. A deflection by Ritchie Jones on a corner kick landed right at the feet of Kareem Moses, who nailed the ball past Nicht, giving Edmonton a lightning fast 2-0 lead.

Down two goals, Indy Eleven moved the scoreboard via an own goal by Edmonton’s Mallan Roberts in the 29th minute. Mike Ambersley got on the end of a free kick 12 yards out and his attempt on goal deflected off Roberts and inside the left post past a stranded Smits. Indy would hold the momentum for the last 15 minutes to follow but could not capitalize, resulting in the 2-1 score line at the break.

The physical tone from the first half would carry over into the second, as six yellow cards were doled out evenly between the two sides in the second 45 minutes. The quality chances were few and far between, with the first shot testing either netminder coming in the 66th minute when Nicht came up big to stop Massimo Mirabelli’s near-post blast in the 66th minute.

Play began to get stretched in the final 15 minutes, resulting in an entertaining stretch run, starting in the 77th minute when Eleven midfielder Dylan Mares was on the spot to head an effort from Frank Jonke off the Indy goalline. A quirky play heated up the action a minute later, when an Indy Eleven corner was snared by Smits, but only after Indy defender Erick Norales got the ball tangled under his feet, causing him to fall on the Edmonton ‘keeper. An ensuing argument between Smits and an Eddies defender forced the ‘keeper to hold the ball too long and get whistled for a delay of game infraction. However, Smits would atone for his error, collecting the ensuing set piece effort by Kleberson from 15 yards out before it could find the upper left corner.

With Indy Eleven unable to convert on any opportunities in five minutes of added time, the scoreboard remained 2-1 at the end of fulltime. Indy Eleven (0-3-2, 2 pts.) will continue to look for its first win in NASL play next Saturday, May 17, back at Carroll Stadium, when the "Boys in Blue" will entertain the league's other Candaian club and its "NASL Class of 2014" expansion brethren, Ottawa Fury FC. Kickoff at Michael A. Carroll Stadium for next Saturday's affair is set for 7:30 p.m.

Story Courtesy:  Indy Eleven