Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance10285
  • Date27 Sep 14
  • VenueMichael A. Carroll Stadium
Indy Eleven
Indy Eleven 0
Carolina RailHawks 1
Carolina RailHawks

53'N. Albadawi

Match Preview: Indy Eleven vs Carolina Railhawks

Match Preview: Indy Eleven vs Carolina Railhawks





Indy Eleven is searching for its first NASL victory at home when it greets the Carolina RailHawks at IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium.  The RailHawks, who are in fourth and last spot in the race for The Championship, are coming off their second consecutive victory by topping the New York Cosmos, 5-4, last week, while Indy dropped a 2-1 road match to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.  This will be the third overall meeting between the two clubs and second visit for the RailHawks to Michael A. Carroll Stadium with the last time a record crowd of 11,048 witness a 1-1 draw in the Spring Season Opener.  The previous encounter between the two teams had Indy ending Carolina’s 18-game unbeaten streak at WakeMed Soccer Park with goals from forward Ben Spencer and midfielder Don Smart in the 2-1 win on July 12. 


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



CAR-Enzo Martinez, Devon Sandoval (Team of the Week-11)


Stats leaders:

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

CAR-Goals – Zack Schilawski (8); Assists – Enzo Martinez, Zack Schilawski (3)



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

At Indy: (1 meeting): Indy/RailHawks 0 wins, 1 tie, 0 losses— 1 GF/1 GA (0)

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

Last Meeting: July 12, 2014 at WakeMed Soccer Park — RailHawks 1-2 Indy


Coaches quotes:
“We've had two pretty good performances, two pretty tight games against Carolina so far and we're looking forward to another one.  We're quickly running out of chances to reward our fans with that home win they deserve.  If we can feed off the energy they'll provide, manage the start of the match better and play disciplined soccer for 90-plus minutes I see no reason why that result can't come this weekend.” – Indy Eleven coach Juergen Sommer

“Another big game this weekend against Indy Eleven, we are getting down to the part of the season when every point is very important. We had two very good results at home and we know we need to start finding that consistency that is going to make the difference as we go into the end of the season. So we are going to Indiana looking to get three points and keep us in place to reach our goals of getting to the championship.” – RailHawks coach Colin Clarke


Referee: Tyler Ploeger

Asst 1: Khalaf Al-Latayfeh

Asst 2: Miguel Panduro

4th: Brandon Rinkenberger


Indy Eleven 0 Carolina RailHawks 1

A goal early in the second half from midfieler Nazmi Albadawi gave the Carolina RailHawks a 1-0 win over Indy Eleven in front of a sellout crowd at Michael A. Carroll Stadium in downtown Indianapolis.


The Carolina RailHawks made a 53rd minute goal by Nazmi Albadawi stand tall tonight against Indy Eleven, riding the midfielder’s tally to a 1-0 victory in front of 10,285 fans at a sold out Michael A. Carroll Stadium.  The hard-earned three points kept the RailHawks in the driver’s seat for the fourth and final spot in The Championship with now five games remaining, while the loss kept Indy Eleven’s search for its elusive first home win in NASL play going with just two tries remaining during its inaugural campaign.
Both teams looked to be cautious during the first 45 minutes, with both goalkeepers being warmed up with half-chances but not having to save shots that carried any real danger on goal.  Carolina had cause for concern for another reason in the 40th minute, when an injury forced defender Jordan Graye to be removed from the match in favor of Kwame Watson-Siraboe.
The game would finally find its turning point with a quick strike conjured up by RailHawks midfielder Enzo Martinez and Albadawi.  On a fairly routine break up the field it took just one pass by Martinez to put Albadawi a step behind the Indy backline, and the Carolina defender found picked his corner well, finishing low and to the right of Eleven goalkeeper Kristian Nicht to put the visitors up 1-0.  
Indy Eleven looked to spark its attack with the additions of Jamaicans Jermaine Johnson and Don Smart midway through the second half, but the team’s offense continued to struggle to find quality chances.  Nicht stood tall, but so did his opposite number Akira Fitzgerald when need be, as he needed just two saves to record his sixth shutout of the 2014 season. 

"We didn't play particularly well, I think that one bit of quality in the final third of the field by Naz Albadawi was the difference in the game," said RailHawks coach, Colin Clarke. "But I'm absolutely delighted with the three points, it was important for us to get it, keeps us in the run for The Championship."