The Indy Eleven were back in Lucas Oil Stadium for the first time in over a month on Wednesday to take on the North Carolina FC Railhawks. The friendly confines looked and felt quite different though. Lucas Oil Stadium celebrated it’s 10 year anniversary with new turf for the headlining Indianapolis Colts, leaving the fresh football markings and faint futbol lines. The feel was a hit with Eleven players and coaches. After the win, Head Coach Martin Rennie excitedly stated, “It plays, like, much better – much, much better.” “There was a much better game tonight, and there was much more passing, interaction and changing. Obviously, the difficult thing is the lines. That’s hard for the players. It’s difficult to see.”
The Eleven jumped out early in the 7th minute when Jack McInerney assisted a Eugene Starikov after some impressive teamwork and passing.
Indy doubled their lead when Ben Speas sent a screamer from the “28 yard line” to the top left of the net past goalkeeper Alex Tambakis. The shot earned the 5th spot on SportsCenter’s Top 10.
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The Railhawks were undetered and midfielder Kyle Bekker got them on the board just before the half on a free kick that sailed over the Eleven wall and just inside the near post.
Second half scoring continued in the 77th minute off a Railhawk sub Marios Lomis header.
A seemingly inevitable draw was averted when Railhawk defender Michael Harrington went down inside the box leaving Juan Guerra wide open to seal the victory 3-2 with seconds left before stoppage time.
After the 1-2-1 road trip, Wednesday’s win is good for sixth in USL standings. The Indy Eleven next face off against the Ottawa Fury FC on Saturday at TD Place Stadium at 2pm. That game can be viewed on ESPN+.