INDIANAPOLIS (October 29, 2017) – Indy Eleven ended the 2017 season at Carroll Stadium with a draw against North Carolina FC, 2-2.
Quick on the draw, the visitors opened the scoring inside the first five minutes through forward Billy Schuler. Making his debut for NCFC, midfielder Danny Barrow weaved through a pair of Indy Eleven players before feeding a ball in for Schuler to latch onto. Taking a touch away from goal, Schuler then rolled one past Indy ‘keeper Jon Busch at the far post.
Determined to go out on a high, Indy would press the NCFC backline and found the majority of their success from wide positions. In the 20th minute, midfielder Ben Speas continued his heavy impact on the match when he created a near tap-in for teammate Eamon Zayed to pull one back. Taking his man near the byline, Speas picked out Zayed dead center of the six-yard box where the forward beat ‘keeper Brian Sylvestre to go level.
A second half of relatively few chances between the pair, Indy would end up in front in the 65th minute thanks to a goal from defender Cory Miller. Earning a free kick just outside the box, defender Nemanja Vukovic – known for his ability to fire on goal from a set-piece chance – opted to instead lift a cross to the back post where Miller stood waiting. The late August re-addition side-footed the curling cross to the far post past substitute ‘netminder Macklin Robinson to give his side the lead.
Late on, a flurry of chances for NCFC were all blocked or beaten away as the visitors turned desperate for an equalizer. In the 89th minute, though, Carolina found an equalizer – another goal from Schuler – after substitute playmaker Lance Laing found the forward from close range.
With today’s match being the last in NASL regular season action, Indy Eleven ends the Fall Season in 8th place with a record of three wins, four draws, and nine losses (13 points) but locks in 6th place in the Combined Season table with seven wins, 12 draws, and 13 losses (33 points).
NASL Fall Season
Indy Eleven 2 : 2 North Carolina FC
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Carroll Stadium – Indianapolis, IN
NCFC – Billy Schuler (Danny Barrow 4’)
IND – Eamon Zayed (Ben Speas 20’)
IND – Cory Miller (Nemanja Vukovic 65’)
NCFC – Billy Schuler (Lance Laing 89’)
NCFC – Danny Barrow 19’
IND – David Goldsmith 88’
Indy Eleven lineup (4-1-3-2, L-->R): Jon Busch (GK); Nemanja Vukovic, Cory Miller, Colin Falvey, Marco Franco; Gerardo Torrado © , Ben Speas (Sinisa Ubiparipovic 58’), Tanner Thompson (Paulo Junior 75’), Don Smart; Eamon Zayed, David Goldsmith
IND bench: Keith Cardona (GK); Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Cory Miller, Christian Lomeli, Adrian Ables
North Carolina FC lineup (4-5-1, L->R): Brian Sylvestre (GK) (Macklin Robinson 32’); Paul Black, Connor Tobin, James Marcelin, Kareem Moses; Austin Da Luz (Lance Laing 79’), Tiyi Shipalane, Bolu Akinyode, Daniel Barrow (Nazmi Albadawi 64’), Marcel Kandziora; Billy Schuler
NCFC bench: Saeed Robinson, Jonathan Glenn, Brad Ruhaak, D.J. Taylor