TULSA, Okla. (Saturday, August 20, 2022) – Indy Eleven visited FC Tulsa for the Eastern Conference sides’ their first meeting of the season, and after trading chances throughout regulation neither team got on the board until the 90th minute, when Machuca scored on the cusp of stoppage time to give the home side a crucial 1-0 victory at ONEOK Field. The result extended Indy’s winless stretch to 12 games (0-10-2), a frustrating run that now includes seven losses by a one-goal margin.
Throughout the first 20 minutes of the contest, it was FC Tulsa keeping a hold of possession. Earning three corner kicks through the first 16 minutes, the home side put pressure on the Eleven, but goalkeeper Tim Trilk and Indy’s back line had no issues getting the ball out of their box. While the Black and Gold had the majority of the chances to open the match, Indy defender Jesus Vazquez made himself well known to the Tulsa team, clearing multiple balls out of the box.
Beginning to find their footing midway through the first half, Indy would force FC Tulsa to take the first yellow card of the game in the 28th minute, when Adrian Diz Pe pulled down Stefano Pinho as he streaked down the sideline. Six minutes later, Eric Bird earned Tulsa’s second caution when he struck Bryam Rebellon with an errant slide tackle.
FC Tulsa made Trilk earn his paycheck in the remaining 10 minutes of the half. The Indy netminder made three saves in total in the first half, including one on a point-blank shot blast from Lebo Moloto that was followed by a rebounded shot off the crossbar and over. Indy weathered the storm, with their defensive heroics sending the teams into the locker rooms at nil-nil.
Both teams came out firing at the beginning of the second half, but Trilk and his opposite number, Austin Wormell, would fend everything off. Indy earned multiple corners as well as a handful of free kicks in the first 20 minutes of the second half, but would repeatedly be denied by Wormell, whose stop of Justin Ingram’s diving header off a back post cross in the 65th minute forced him to sweat the most.
Looking to provide some late energy in Indy’s late push for a winner, Eleven Head Coach Mark Lowry subbed on Robby Dambrot and Wilfredo Rivera with four minutes remaining in regulation. The two players provided Indy with a fresh look when it came to the counterattack, but it would be Tulsa that scored late to earn the three points.
On a counter of their own, Tulsa used the runs of Dario Suarez and Machuca to get inside the area and, despite a last-ditch challenge from Dambrot, combined for a ball that eventually landed on the head of Machuca, who put it over a sliding Trilk to finally move the scoreboard. Solomon Asante had Indy’s best look in five minutes of stoppage time, but his near post effort was smothered by Wormell to dash Indy’s hope of taking a point back home.
Indiana’s Team will return home with two games against top of the table sides in four days’ time on Saturday, Aug. 27, against Louisville City FC (7:00 p.m.) and on Wednesday, Aug. 31 versus San Antonio FC. Tickets for those matches – and all future contests at Carroll Stadium – can be purchased online at indyeleven.com/tickets, and fans can learn more about promotional themes for the evenings at indyeleven.com/promotions.
2022 USL Championship Regular Season – Matchday 24
FC Tulsa 1 : 0 Indy Eleven
Saturday, August 20, 2022
ONEOK Field– Tulsa, Okla.
TUL – Machuca 90’
TUL – Adrian Diz Pe (yellow card) 28’
TUL – Eric Bird (yellow card) 33’
TUL – Noah Powder (yellow card) 74’
IND – Neveal Hackshaw (yellow card) 80’
IND – Juan Tejada (yellow card) 84’
TUL – Machuca (yellow card) 90’
Indy Eleven lineup (4-4-2): Tim Trilk, Jesus Vazquez, Mechack Jerome, Jared Timmer, Ayoze (captain) (Neveal Hackshaw 21’), Sam Brown, Justin Ingram (Wilfredo Rivera 86’), Bryam Rebellon (Robby Dambrot 86’), Raul Aguilera (Juan Tejada 66’), Solomon Asante, Stefano Pinho
IND substitutes: Sean Lewis (GK), Hayden Vostal (GK), AJ Cochran
FC Tulsa Lineup (3-4-3): Austin Wormell, Adrian Diz Pe, Bradley Bourgeois, Ronald Rodriguez (Marcus Epps 75’), Sean Mcfarlane, Eric Bird, Kembo Kibato, Noah Powder, Rodrigo Da Costa (Gabi Torres 86’), Lebo Moloto (Machuca 66’), Brian Brown (Dario Suarez 45’)
TUL Substitutes: Dallas Odle (GK), Johnny Fenwick, Matheus Silva