Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance10982
  • Date18 Oct 14
  • VenueMichael A. Carroll Stadium
  • Kick Off07:30 PM EDT
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Indy Eleven
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San Antonio Scorpions 0
San Antonio Scorpions

C. Rugg56'

Match Preview: Indy Eleven vs. San Antonio Scorpions

Match Preview: Indy Eleven vs. San Antonio Scorpions

INDvsSAS

Webcast: NASLLive.com

TV: IND – MyINDY TV-23

 

Indy Eleven will look for its second consecutive home victory when it welcomes the San Antonio Scorpions at IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium.  The Scorpions, who are currently second in the NASL Combined Standings and has already secured a berth into The Championship, is coming off a 7-0 victory over the visiting Tampa Bay Rowdies last week.  Meanwhile, Indy posted is first NASL home win last weekend with a 2-0 shutout over Minnesota United FC.  This is the third meeting between the two sides this year with Scorpions winning the two previous match-ups.  The last time both clubs faced off was on August 9, when goals from forward Tomasz Zahorski and defender Julius James gave the host Scorpions a 2-0 victory at Toyota Field.

 

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

 

Recognition:

IND-Kristian Nicht, Victor Pineda (Team of the Week-14)

SAS-Rafael Castillo, Cesar Elizondo, Greg Janicki (Team of the Week-14)

 

Stats leaders:

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

SAS-Goals – Rafael Castillo (7); Assists – Billy Forbes (7)

 

Series:

NASL Head-to-Head: (2 meetings): Scorpions 2 wins, 0 ties, 0 losses — 4 GF/1 GA (+3 GD)

At Indy: (1 meeting): Scorpions 1 win, 0 ties, 0 losses — 2 GF/1 GA (+1 GD)

This Year: (2 meetings): Scorpions 2 wins, 0 ties, 0 losses — 4 GF/1 GA (+3 GD)

Last Meeting: August 9, 2014 at Toyota Field — Scorpions 2-0 Indy

 

Coaches quotes:

“To break through with our first win at home last weekend was great, but what I enjoyed even more was the consistency and energy the team showed for the full 90 minutes against Minnesota. Really was one of the most complete performances of the season for us, and we'll try to carry that over against another contender for The Championship in San Antonio.  We want to leave our tremendous fans with another win to remember heading into the offseason, so there will be plenty to play for come Saturday night for both teams.” – Indy Eleven coach Juergen Sommer

“Indy plays in front of a great home crowd and have assembled a very talented squad that's coming off a great result for their organization, which should make for a fantastic atmosphere on Saturday. But we're remaining focused on taking each game one at a time and continuing to evolve and refine our style of play to reach the goals we've set out to achieve this season." – Scorpions coach Alen Marcina

 

Referee: Alex Chilowicz

Asst 1: Brandon Rinkenberger

Asst 2: Andrew Bigelow

4th: Joshua Brooks

 

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Indy Eleven 1 San Antonio Scorpions 0

Indy Eleven posted its second consecutive NASL victory at home after defeating the San Antonio Scorpions, 1-0, in front of another sellout crowd, 10,982, at IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium on Saturday evening.

INDvsSAS

Indy Eleven posted its second consecutive NASL victory at home after defeating the San Antonio Scorpions, 1-0, in front of another sellout crowd, 10,982, at IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium on Saturday evening.

Indy Eleven’s second home win in as many weeks came against the league’s top two squads in San Antonio and Minnesota, the latter of which clinched the top seed in The Championship postseason tournament with a draw against New York when ombined with the Scorpions’ defeat tonight in Indianapolis.

"So the last two games have been great," said Indy Eleven coach, Juergen Sommer "Players have executed and performed and refused to lay down. I think they have finally shown their quality. The chemistry and comradery of the group is really coming together."

A fast-moving first half saw few chances of quality from either side, Indy’s best looks coming from distance by midfielder Sergio Pena, while San Antonio forced just one save in the opening 45 minutes out of Indy Eleven goalkeeper Kristian Nicht, who recorded his third consecutive clean sheet and extended his shutout streak to 307 minutes.

It wasn’t until second half that the game got rolling, especially with Rugg’s 56th minute tally, his first with Indy Eleven.  Fellow forward Mike Ambersley earned his team-leading fourth assist of the year, fighting off Scorpions defender Stephen DeRoux before finding Rugg near the penalty spot, where he blasted a first-time shot past goalkeeper Josh Saunders and into the roof of the net to give Indy the advantage.

Indy Eleven would expertly manage the match from there on out, but San Antonio certainly had its chances down the stretch. The Scorpions’ best look came in the 68th minute when a series of passes found midfielder Billy Forbes by himself 12 yards from goal with only Nicht to beat, but his skied effort over the crossbar gave the home crowd a sigh of relief.