Indy Eleven are looking to capture their first victory of the young season as they face the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Pre-game notes:
- Coach Juergen Sommer elects to keep the same starting lineup as he fielded in the inaugural game of the season.
- Ben Spencer misses his 2nd consecutive game as he's still playing with the U-20 National Team. He's scored 3 goals in 3 appearances with the team.
- Eleven forward Mike Ambersley played for the Rowdies from 2011-2013, he makes his first start against his former team tonight. Starting lineups:
- Rebecca Townsend
The Brickyard Battalion's Red Card Regiment, Indy Eleven's pep band, making an appearance.
- Rebecca Townsend
- Brian Weiss
7' - First real chance for Eleven as Kleberson can't connect on a pass to Ramirez
13' - Best chance for the Rowdies yet, Estridge works hard on defense to track back and cover. Goal kick
15' - Offsides on Tampa Bay, get accustomed to hearing that tonight.
16' - Eleven shot trickles just wide of a diving Pickens. Goal kick
18' - Kleberson shot hits the bar from 30 yards out, great pressure from the Eleven.
21' - Another foul in the midfield, physical game from both sides early on
22' - Russel shot on goal for Rowdies, Nicht tips it over the bar, corner kick
23' - Corner drops in the box but is cleared quickly
25' - Hristov connects on a through ball and should have finished it. Great save by Nicht
26' - Another shot from Hristov, another save from Nicht
27' - More pressure in the Eleven final third, Rowdies looking more and more dangerous
30' - Cross headed away, Eleven's first corner
30' - Corner is taken too early, goal disallowed.
33' - Tampa Bay corner, taken short - nothing coming of it.
35' - Great buildup play leads to a Kleberson shot, no power in it though and Pickens smoothers it.
38' - Headed shot from Frimpong, Nicht easily there.
40' - Hill shot on goal from 8 yards out, should be 1-0. Nicht again strong to deflect.
42' - Pickens beats Ambersley to a through ball, both teams getting good chances now
44' - Another Eleven foul, this one garners some groans from the crowd. Rowdies spending a lot of time on the ground.
45' - 1 minute of stoppage time
45' - Free kick left side, outside the box - wasted
Halftime whistle blows and both teams will trot into the locker room with work to do. Score knotted at zero.
- Rebecca Townsend
- Nicht moves to cover a shot
46' - Teams are back on the pitch and the 2nd half is underway
46' - Pedro Mendez starts the 2nd half in replace of Corrado
48' - Goal Tampa Bay, Morales down injured. Play continues and Brian Shriver slots it past Nicht. Assist to Blake Wagner
50' - Morales back on the pitch following the injury
51' - Free kick after a Rowdie foul, six Eleven in the box. Ramirez takes but it's cleared easily
55' - Another cross into the box from the Eleven goes by the wayside.
58' - Yellow card, first of the game - Georgi Hristov
61' - Better from the Eleven now, Gomez sends a ball into the box, shots off the mark though
63' - Tampa Bay coach Ricky Hill angry at something, possibly the lack of possession since the goal, rips his jacket off
65' - Another foul, this time on Kleberson who shows some displeasure after the call
70' - 10,241 official attendance as Eleven get their best opportunity of the 2nd half on a low cross that forces a sliding interception from a Tampa Bay defender.
72' - Tampa Bay substitution: Lucky Mkosona on for Wagner
73' - Free kick to Eleven, taken by Kleberson, hits the left post....still 1-0
75' - Shots coming in waves now, this time Pickens dives but it goes wide left
78' - Eleven substitution: Dylan Mares on for Corby Moore
80' - Yellow card - Blake Wagner draws some cheers from the crowd
81' - Tampa Bay substitution - Keith Savage on for Anthony Wallace
81' - INDY ELEVEN GOAL - Erick Norales, assist from Dylan Mares (on for only 3 minutes) 1-1
More on the goal: Quick buildup after substitution catches the back line off guard, Mares picked the ball up outside the box, through ball to the first side where Norales slotted it past Pickens
86' - Mares makes a promising run but doesn't make a pass, turns it over
87' - Kleberson with a great chance for a winner but his shot once again goes wide, hasn't been his night.
88' - Yellow card - Lucky Mkosana
91' - Another chance for the Eleven to get a winner, can't get it fall
That's it as the final whistle blows, 1-1 final score.
- This story has an updated cutline for the pep band's photo. A previous version said the band was from Ball State when, in fact, the Red Card Regiment is dedicated 100 percent to Indy Eleven support.