By The Numbers - Week 5's Trey Higdon breaks down the stats through Week 5 of the Spring Season
Published Apr 17, 2017

With Indy Eleven’s bye week coming to pass and the rest of the league caught up in the number of games played, Indy currently finds themselves tied for 6th place going into Week 5 of the NASL’s Spring Season. In the first three fixtures, the “Boys in Blue” have shown their tenacity in retaining points as the team fought to level the score in each match and stay unbeaten in 2017.

Looking beyond the team’s position in the table, Indy Eleven remains tied for first place as the top scoring club in the league with five goals in three games, currently battling head-to-head with North Carolina FC for the bragging rights. Indy’s five goals see them take the lead over last season’s top scoring club and defending NASL champs New York Cosmos, who are currently tied for third with the top-scoring club with two goals. “Indiana’s Team” remains among the T-4 scoring clubs after finishing in second in 2016 with a massive 51 goals scored in regular competition.

Our contention for top scoring club this early in the season can be partially credited to Indy forward Justin Braun, who is in the front running for top goal scorer in the NASL. Braun’s Man of the Match performance against Puerto Rico FC on April 1 put him top after netting two goals and one assist during Indy’s home opener. Goals from Braun, Eamon Zayed and new-to-Blue Ben Speas and Tanner Thompson put Indy in the lead in goals conversion (20-percent). Braun currently shares the spotlight with three others – forwards Matt Fondy (NCFC), Tommy Heinemann (SFD) and Hector Ramos (PRFC). By the end of 2016, Braun had landed himself in second place as the squad’s top scorer with eight goals, while striking partner Zayed took the title with 15 goals.

Braun also walks tall as another category leader in 2017, this for most assists (2). Braun’s first came during April 1’s clash against Puerto Rico FC, when he managed to link up with Speas with a masterful pass that led to the midfielder scoring Indy’s second goal within the first 10 minutes of play. The second of Braun’s assists came during Eleven’s second clash against Puerto Rico FC. Finding his strike partner Zayed in front of PRFC’s goal during first half’s stoppage time, Braun placed a perfectly weighted pass to the No.9 who scored the equalizer in the 1-1 standoff in the Bayamon, Puerto Rico area. Braun’s two assists, along with assists from Speas and Thompson, also sees “Indiana’s Team” tied with the San Francisco Deltas for first for most assists (4). 

Now the focus turns on gaining points. Indy has gotten three out of a possible nine points with a 0W-3D-0L record—not far off from where the team stood last during the Spring Championship run in the first three matches with 1W-2D-0L (three goals in three competitions). Focusing on the road ahead, it’s important to keep momentum while fighting forward. With 13 games remaining in the Spring Season, the possibility for any imaginable outcome still remains high. But for now, the “fight for three” continues this Saturday for Indy’s return home against the San Francisco Deltas.