INDIANAPOLIS (October 4, 2017) – In only their second home game in three weeks, Indy Eleven once again rocked “The Mike” with a 2-1 win over Puerto Rico FC despite late match drama that saw PRFC pull one back on a penalty.
Head coach Tim Hankinson opted for a set of personnel that featured together for the first time, with Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Gerardo Torrado, Don Smart, Eamon Zayed, and Daniel Keller all returning to the starting line-up. Scrapping for chances in the opening half-hour, neither team was able to break the deadlock despite a pair falling for both sides. However, in the 37th minute, Zayed was able to put his team in front on the first time asking. Midfielder Ben Speas broke into the box but saw a deflected effort fall into the path of Zayed, he slotted first time past Spangenberg.
Going into the halftime break with a 1-0 lead, Indy Eleven would double their tally, again from Eamon Zayed, who celebrated his birthday with a brace. Taking a ball down from Marco Franco, Zayed again pushed his way through a crowd to get on the scoresheet. However, “La Naranja” would not go quietly, and a penalty in the 92nd minute pulled one back to make it 2-1.
“Indiana’s Team” would hold onto their lead through the fulltime whistle and collect an important three points as their push for the playoffs continues.
Indy Eleven returns home to IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium to host the New York Cosmos on Saturday, October 7 at 7:30 P.M. Et. Tickets for the game – and all remaining 2+ NASL matches at “The Mike” in 2017 – can be purchased for as little as $11 online at www.IndyEleven.com or by phone at 317-685-1100.
NASL Fall Season
Indy Eleven 2 : 1 Puerto Rico FC
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Carroll Stadium – Indianapolis, IN
IND – Eamon Zayed 37’
IND – Eamon Zayed (Marco Franco) 62’
PRFC – Giuseppe Gentile 90+2’
IND – Gerardo Torrado 55’
PRFC – Giuseppe Gentile 67’
IND – Cory Miller 86’
IND – David Goldsmith 90+2’
IND – Kwame Watson-Siriboe 90+3’
Indy Eleven lineup (4-2-3-1, L-->R): Jon Busch (GK); Daniel Keller (Cory Miller 58), Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Colin Falvey ©, Marco Franco (Craig Henderson 75’); Gerardo Torrado, Brad Ring; Nemanja Vukovic, Ben Speas (David Goldsmith 83’), Don Smart; Eamon Zayed
IND bench: Keith Cardona (GK); Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Tanner Thompson, Paulo Junior
Puerto Rico FC lineup (4-3-3, L->R): Trevor Spangenberg (GK); Seth Moses, Phanuel Kavita, Ramon Soria, Kyle Culbertson; Michael Kafari (Mario Rubio 56’), Jordi Quintilla, Connor Doyle; Jairo Puerto (Jackie Marrero 41’, Michael Ramos 76’), Giuseppe Gentile, Sydney Rivera
PRFC bench: Austin Pack (GK); Cristiano Dias, Rudy Dawson, Jake Stovall, Michael Ramos