Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance3112
  • Date20 Sep 14
  • VenueLockhart Stadium
  • Kick Off06:30 PM EDT
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Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2
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Indy Eleven 1
Indy Eleven

F. Picault1'

M. Núñez55'

39'J. Frías

Match Preview: Fort Lauderdale Strikers vs. Indy Eleven

Match Preview: Fort Lauderdale Strikers vs. Indy Eleven

FTLvIND

Webcast: NASLLive.com

Radio: FTL – Sofloradio.com

 

Indy Eleven looks to extend its current three-game unbeaten streak when it travels to face the Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Lockhart Stadium.  Indy, who has also won three of its last five road matches, is coming off a 1-1 draw at home against FC Edmonton last week, while the Strikers, who are just two points from the last qualifying spot to The Championship, dropped their second consecutive game losing 2-1 against host Minnesota United FC at NSC Stadium.  This is the third meeting between the two clubs with the previous encounter ending in a scoreless draw at IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium on August 6.

 

Last Five Games:  FTL – T L W L L        IND – L L T W T                        

                                               

Recognition:

FTL-N/A

IND-Victor Pineda (Team of the Week-10)

 

Stats leaders:
FTL-Goals – Fafà Picault (8); Assists – Ivan Guerrero (3)

IND-Goals – Kléberson (8); Assists – Mike Ambersley (3)

 

Series:

NASL Head-to-Head: (2 meetings): Strikers 1 win, 1 tie, 0 losses – 3 GF/2 GA (+1 GD)

At Strikers: (1 meeting): Strikers 1 win, 0 ties, 0 losses – 3 GF/2 GA (+1 GD)

This Year: (2 meetings): Strikers 1 win, 1 tie, 0 losses – 3 GF/2 GA (+1 GD)

Last Meeting: August 6, 2014 at Michael A. Carroll Stadium — Indy 0-0 Strikers

 

Coaches quotes:

“Our team is still in a very good position to qualify for the League Championship. In order to accomplish that goal, we must play well and win as many games as possible as the season reaches its final stage. Our remaining home matches are vital and we will be ready to face Indy on Saturday night.” – Strikers coach Günter Kronsteiner

“The guys are keen to keep our recent run of form going, especially on the road where we've had a good amount of success during the Fall Season.  Our defense has really been key for us the last couple of games, and getting Erick Norales back into the mix gives us even more flexibility in the back as we face a very fast and dynamic Fort Lauderdale attack.” – Indy Eleven coach Juergen Sommer

 

Referee: Marcos DeOliveira

Asst 1: Jose J. Da Silva

Asst 2: Matthew Miscannon

4th: Rubiel Vazquez

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Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2 Indy Eleven 1

A goal in the first minute from forward Fafà Picault got the ball rolling for the Strikers in a 2-1 victory against Indy Eleven in front of 3,112 fans at Lockhart Stadium on Saturday night.

FTLvIND

A goal in the first minute from forward Fafà Picault got the ball rolling for the Strikers in a 2-1 victory against Indy Eleven in front of 3,112 fans at Lockhart Stadium on Saturday night.

Defender Jaime Frias equalized for the visitors before halftime, but Martin Nuñez grabbed the winning goal in the second half to keep the Strikers in the hunt for a place in The Championship.

It took just 26 seconds for the Strikers to get going against Indy. Picault got on the end of a low cross from Darnell King to notch his team-leading ninth goal of the year with the fastest goal in NASL action this year.

King nearly grabbed his second assist of the night in the 15th minute, but Mark Anderson’s effort from just inside the box struck the bar.

The intensity dropped off and Indy leveled the scoring just a few minutes before halftime. A corner kick to the back post was headed across goal by Cory Miller for teammate Jaime Frias to redirect past Kamil Contofalsky at the near post.

The Strikers started the second half with similar intensity to the first. Within the first five minutes of the restart Indy goalkeeper Kristian Nicht was called into action twice to deny Picault and watched as a Nuñez’ effort dragged just wide of goal.

Nuñez made no mistake with his next attempt. Clever combination play from Picault and Shawn Chin in midfield led to Chin slipping Nuñez behind the defense and through on goal. Nuñez rounded Nicht and finished into an empty net to put the Strikers in front 2-1.

Both teams made changes as the Eleven searched for an equalizer. Forwards Mike Ambersley and Don Smart came on to give Indy a push in the final 25 minutes, but no clear scoring chances materialized.

As the Strikers controlled the ball to run out the four minutes of added time and secure an important home victory.

"I think the team really played well against an unbelievably good team," said Strikers coach Günter Kronsteiner.  "We didn’t allow them to have too many chances, and we created some good opportunities. It’s important to get three points, especially at home, so this is an important win against a very good Indy team."