Coming off being shutout in their previous match, the Indy Eleven needed to find some scoring. Scoring the last two home games hadn’t been a problem, but in the fall season goals have been hard to come by for the team. The latter was the case last night as the FC Edmonton shut them out 2-0.
The Indy Eleven didn’t score but they had some great chances to break the 0-0 tie in the first half. Interim Head Coach Tim Regan said on being able to break through offensively, “between their back four and their holding midfielder they were really tight, and that made them very hard to break down. We took some decent service – especially in the first half – where I thought we should have gotten on the end of a couple of them, but to their credit they kept us from being too dangerous. We hit the post and had a couple of half-chances, but we also created a couple of clear looks on goal that we just didn’t connect on. There was enough there to get a goal.”
The Indy Eleven would continue to have opportunities to score in the second half.
It was FC Edmonton, in the 55th minute, who would open up the scoring when Daryl Fordyce took a pass from Lance Laing and put it five hole on Kristian Nicht. Indy Eleven midfielder Dragon Stojkov would have a chance to get them on the board from 10 yards out but Matt VanOekel would make the save. FC Edmonton would add the second goal at the 85th minute but it was Fordyce’s goal that was the game winner.
The Indy Eleven will be on a bye week next weekend. Their next home game will be on Saturday, October 10th versus the San Antonio Scorpions. This will begin the final homestand of the season.
On a sidenote, Producer Will from the Smiley Morning Show and his wife were spotted in the crowd. Will was an accomplished soccer player in the late 90’s while playing for Avon High School. They attended the game to introduce their son Lincoln to soccer in Indiana. Congrats to Will and Stephanie!