INDIANAPOLIS (July 15, 2017) – Indy Eleven rounded out a late Spring Season surge with a big 2-0 win over Jacksonville Armada FC to extend their unbeaten run to five straight games and provide a momentous boost heading into the Fall Season.
A scoreless first half, it took the “Boys in Blue” just three minutes to find the back of the net through defender Nemanja Vukovic. Following a corner, midfielder Brad Ring played a fantastic crossfield pass to Vukovic, whose tidy touch put him in perfect position to fire on goal. Curling a hybrid chip to the back post, the defender’s clipped effort beat Armada FC ‘keeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell and they took a deserved lead.
Staving off a few chances for the visiting side, Indy would then double their lead just twenty minutes later through substitute Craig Henderson. Forward Eamon Zayed settled a cross over the head of everyone in the box and played a short pass to the New Zealand native, and Henderson’s quick touch and turn placed him directly in front of Patterson-Sewell. Taking a deft stab at the bouncing ball, Henderson poked it past the opposition ‘netminder and Indy doubled their lead.
Defending for the whole 90 minutes, Indy goalkeeper Jon Busch was called into action on multiple occasions but made his most impressive save of the night into stoppage time. The ‘netminder earned his fourth clean sheet on the season to add to his tally of 11 in 2016.
Indy Eleven will return home to IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium to face FC Edmonton on Saturday, August 5 at 7:30 P.M. ET. Tickets for the game – and all remaining 7+ 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 Spring Season
Indy Eleven 2 : 0 Jacksonville Armada FC
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Carroll Stadium – Indianapolis, IN
IND – Nemanja Vukovic (Brad Ring) 48’
IND – Craig Henderson (Eamon Zayed) 68’
IND – Eamon Zayed 59’
Indy Eleven line-up (4-4-2, L->R): Jon Busch (GK); Nemanja Vukovic, Daniel Keller, Colin Falvey ©, Marco Franco, Ben Speas, Brad Ring, Gerardo Torrado (Craig Henderson 63’), Don Smart (Lovel Palmer 88’); Justin Braun, Eamon Zayed (David Goldsmith 81’)
IND bench: Keith Cardona (GK); Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Tanner Thompson, Adrian Ables
Jacksonville Armada FC line-up (4-3-3, L->R): Caleb Patterson-Sewell (GK); Kalen Ryden, Aaron Pitchkolan ©, Mechack Jerome, Drew Beckie; Kevan George, Zach Steinberger, Jack Blake (Jonathan Glenn 78’); Jemal Johnson (Charles Eloundou 62’), Derek Gebhard (Bryam Rebellon), J.C. Banks
JAX bench: Kyle Nasta (GK); Nicklas Maripuu, Jonathan Glenn, Devon Fisher