Indy Eleven's Inaugural Game in the North American Soccer League Match did not disappoint the sellout crowd of 11,048 IUPUI's Michael A. Carrol Stadium. The squad was forced though, to settle for a 1-1 draw with the Carolina Rail Hawks in both team's NASL Spring Season debut.
Indy Eleven's Mike Ambersley tallied the first official goal in club history. After a penetrating run by Eleven midfielder Corby Moore was snuffed out, midfielder A.J. Corrado played the loose ball into the 18-yard box where a waiting Ambersley took a touch by the RailHawk defender and slotted a low shot into the far post.
Carolina RailHawks Assistant Coach Greg Shields was dismissed from the game at the halftime intermission.
Carolina came out of the locker room looking to quickly jump on the home team, and it didn't take long for the RailHawks to find the equalizer. Just five minutes into the second half a good spell of possession by the RailHawks led to a Shipalane cross that Schilawski headed home powerfully from eight yards out to put Carolina equal.
As the second half of play ticked away, Indy felt the pressure to push the ball forward and found a few late chances that brought the capacity crowd to its feet.
Despite dominating the last ten minutes, the home side was forced to split the points before celebrating the effort of the sold out crowd.
Information from: Indy Eleven