Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance10285
  • Date31 May 14
  • VenueMichael A. Carroll Stadium
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Indy Eleven
Indy Eleven 1
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W L W D W
San Antonio Scorpions 2
San Antonio Scorpions

B. Smith74'

52'B. Forbes

90'W. Restrepo

Match Preview: Indy Eleven vs. San Antonio Scorpions

Match Preview: Indy Eleven vs. San Antonio Scorpions

IND v SAS

Webcast: NASLLive.com
TV: ESPN3

Third place San Antonio Scorpions will put their perfect 3-0-0 road record on the line when they travel to face Indy Eleven at IUPUI's Michael A. Carroll Stadium in the NASL’s Match of the Week live on ESPN3.  Both clubs are coming off successful midweek victories and have advanced to the Fourth Round of the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with Indy topping USL PRO’s Dayton Dutch Lions, 5-2, while San Antonio defeated NTX Rayados of USASA, 4-2.  Indy Eleven comes into Saturday’s encounter after earning its first NASL road point in their history in a 1-1 draw against the host New York Cosmos last week, while the Scorpions obtained their third consecutive win away from San Antonio by topping Ottawa Fury FC, 3-2.  Indy, who’s looking for its first NASL win in 2014, is facing San Antonio for the first time.

Last Five Games:  IND – L L L L T    SAS-W L W T W
  
Recognition:
IND-Brad Ring (Team of the Week-7)
SAS-Greg Janick, Tomasz Zahorski (Team of the Week-7)

Stats leaders:
IND-Goals – Mike Ambersley (3); Assists – A.J. Corrado (2)
SAS-Goals – Eric Hassli (2); Assists – Billy Forbes (2)

Series:
NASL Head-to-Head: First Meeting

Coaches quotes:
“Last Saturday's result on the road against a good New York team really seemed to help our group turn a corner. That second half, coupled with a breakthrough win in the Open Cup on Wednesday, has given us some real momentum as we get ready to face a very solid and very motivated San Antonio team. We've got plenty to play for too, as our fans will expect nothing but three points now that we've broken through.” – Indy Eleven coach Juergen Sommer

“Points on the road are pivotal at this stage in the season and we're aware of the strengths Indy pose going forward.  We respect their strong home support, but we're looking to battle come Saturday on ESPN3 and continue our form on the road.” – Scorpions coach Alen Marcina

Referee: Chris Penso
Asst 1: Khalaf Al-Latayfeh
Asst 2: Dimitar Chavdarov
4th: Brandon Rinkenberger

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Indy Eleven 1 San Antonio Scorpions 2

A defensive stalemate in the first half between Indy Eleven and the San Antonio Scorpions gave way to a back-and-forth second half that saw three goals, including a game-winning goal by Scorpions midfielder Walter Restrepo in the dying moments to push ahead 2-1 in front of a sold out crowd of 10,285 at Michael A. Carroll Stadium.

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A defensive stalemate in the first half between Indy Eleven and the San Antonio Scorpions gave way to a back-and-forth second half that saw three goals, including a game-winning goal by Scorpions midfielder Walter Restrepo in the dying moments to push ahead 2-1 in front of a sold out crowd of 10,285 at Michael A. Carroll Stadium.

San Antonio had a chance to open scoring for the match in the 14th minute. A drive down the right side of the box resulted in an end line cross right into the hands of Indy Eleven goalkeeper Kristian Nicht. The cross bounced off Nicht’s hands and landed at the feet of defender Erick Norales, who cleared out the first major scoring attempt of the match.

San Antonio came knocking a second time in the 17th minute as forward Billy Forbes placed a rolling cross right in front of the face of the goal, Indy Eleven defender Kyle Hyland met the pass and cleared it high over the net for a Scorpions corner.

Determined to bust down the door, the ensuing corner for San Antonio resulted in shot on goal but Nicht was there to push it wide of the net and out for another corner. Strong defense on the following corner helped sent the ball out of play off of San Antonio.

Indy received their first opportunity of the match to light up the scoreboard. A corner kick in the 32nd minute of the match was met by the head of Norales, who set it sailing high over the cross bar and out of play.San Antonio finally lit up the scoreboard coming out of the locker room from halftime. In the 52nd minute, a rolling cross from Restrepo was teed up right at the top of the box by forward Billy Forbes, who sent the ball sailing past a diving Nicht to set the score at 1-0 for the visitors.

Indy Eleven answered the need for an equalizer in the 74th minute, when substitute midfielder Don Smart sent an early cross from the right that found a trailing Blake Smith. Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup hat trick hero settled calmly, cut inside and sent a shot inside the far right post that leveled the score at 1-1. The goal was Smith’s first goal in NASL play for the Eleven.

In the dying moments of the match, a Scorpions drive down the right side of the box set up a shot through the middle. A fantastic stretching save by Nicht looked like it would help keep things even, but the deflection out to Restrepo left the net vulnerable, and the Scorpions midfielder fired home the game-winner in the fourth minute of as much stoppage time.