Coming off their first franchise win, the Indy Eleven returned home for their first home game of the fall season. They were now looking to get their first home win. Tampa Bay Rowdies, however, had other ideas fighting back from a goal deficit to win 2-1.
Before the game, the Indy Eleven recognized U.S. Men’s National team veteran and Fort Wayne native, DaMarcus Beasley, during the “First Kick” ceremony.
The first half was all about patience and pace for the Eleven. They were not looking to force things that were not there. Numerous times they would pass the ball back to their defenders and reload. The Eleven began applying pressure on the Rowdies in the midfield. In the 38th minute, Kleberson came up with a loose ball outside the box that he slammed past Rowdies goaltender Matt Pickens to put the Eleven up 1-0.
Back on April 19th, the Rowdies were the first one to score causing the Eleven to have to scurry to get the equalizer. It took the Eleven until the 81st minute to tie it up for the eventual draw.
It didn’t take the Rowdies that long to tie up this match. In the 43rd minute, forward Casey Townsend slid a shot past Indy goaltender Kristian Nicht tying the game at 1-1 heading to halftime.
The second half was more wide open. The saves of the night were made by Nicht. In the 52nd minute, Rowdies midfielder Shane Hill played the ball up to a wide open Lucky Mkosana. Lucky received the ball just outside the box, dribbled in, and Nicht came way out to deny Mkosana a goal. In the 79th minute, Hill shot a laser just off the ground that Nicht made a diving save on.
Indy Eleven midfielder Sergio Pena made his NASL debut in the 73rd minute.
Unfortunately, Nicht couldn’t deny forward Georgi Hristov. In the 89th minute, Rowdies Brian Shiver crossed the ball through the goal month to a streaking Hristov who slammed it into the back of the net for the game winner.
Attendance at the game was 10,555. This is the second largest crowd of the season.