Tim Trilk Makes Season-high Seven Saves in Goal for Indiana’s Team
MONTCLAIR, N.J. – Indy Eleven’s recent attacking woes continued tonight in the Garden State, as New York Red Bulls II sent the Boys in Blue to their fourth consecutive 1-0 defeat at MSU Soccer Park. Despite a season-high seven saves by goalkeeper Tim Trilk, Indiana’s Team fell to a sixth straight loss with the narrow result.
The first half took awhile to spring to life, but Trilk was alert when it did, doing well to bat away efforts by former Boy in Blue Jeremy Rafanello and Zach Ryan in the 14th and 26th minutes, respectively, before pouncing on a Rafanello free kick at his right post in the 28th.
Indy’s attack came alive in the 35th minute with a counterattack that saw Stefano Pinho put Manuel Arteaga 1-v-1 against Red Bulls II ‘keeper Ioannis Nikopolidis, who snuffed out the chance by aggressively coming off his line to block the Venezuelan’s low shot. Two minutes later Arteaga’s square ball set up a hard-charging Raul Aguilera, but his first-time shot from the top of the area rose over the frame.
New York charged out of the gates in the second half, and it was Rafanello doing the damage against his old side in the 52nd minute, sweeping home Jordan Adebayo-Smith’s back-post cross from inside the six to change the scoreboard. Two minutes later Ryan tested Trilk with another long range effort, but the Indy backstop was again on the spot to parry and collect.
Indy’s best look of the second half also came through Arteaga, who worked past a defender on the left endline and carried into the edge of the six, but Nikopolidis closed the gap on the five-hole attempt with a kick save. It was Red Bulls II who carried the match from there, but Trilk stepped up again on chances by Curtis Ofori and Ryan once again to keep Indiana’s Team within range of an equalizer that unfortunately never came to be.
Indiana’s Team returns home next weekend for the first of three consecutive Saturday contests at IUPUI Carroll Stadium, starting against a surging Memphis 901 FC side. Fans can secure tickets for the 7:00 p.m. ET kickoff on “International Night at The Mike” starting at just $15 online at indyeleven.com/tickets or over the phone at 317-685-1100; more details on the Eleven’s promotional nights through the rest of the season can be found at indyeleven.com/promotions. Fans who cannot make the match can follow live on MyINDY-TV 23, ESPN+, Exitos Radio 94.3 FM/exitos943.com, and the @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed, presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers.
2022 USL Championship Regular Season – Matchday 19
New York Red Bulls II 1 : 0 Indy Eleven
Friday, July 15, 2022
MSU Soccer Park – Montclair, N.J.
Indy Eleven: 6W-10L-3D, 21 pts., 9th in Eastern Conference
New York Red Bulls II: 2W-14L-3D, 9 pts., T-13th in Eastern Conference
NY – Jeremy Rafanello (Jordan Adebayo-Smith) 53’
IND – Solomon Asante (yellow card) 48+’
IND – Alex McQueen (yellow card) 49’
IND – Ayoze (yellow card) 75’
NY – Christopher Cragwell (yellow card) 77’
Indy Eleven lineup (4-3-3): Tim Trilk; Neveal Hackshaw, A.J. Cochran (Aris Briggs 89’), Jared Timmer, Justin Ingram (Jonas Fjeldberg 69’); Ayoze (captain), Raul Aguilera (Nicky Law 61’), Alex McQueen; Manuel Arteaga, Stefano Pinho, Solomon Asante
IND substitutes: Sean Lewis (GK), Ecris Revolorio, Diego Sanchez, Sam Brown
NY Red Bulls II lineup (4-2-3-1): Ioannis Nikopolidis; Curtis Ofori, Juan Castillo, Andres Reyes (Christopher Cragwell 62’), O’Vonte Mullings; John Murphy (Wikelman Carmona 62’), Sam Williams (Michael Knapp 80’); Jeremy Rafanello, Caden Clark, Jordan Adebayo-Smith (Jesus Castellanos 80’); Zach Ryan
NY Substitutes: Derrek Chan, Daniel De Leon, Jonathan Filipe