Indy Eleven Remains Unbeaten, Tops Minnesota United In Thrilling Fashion

The Boys in Blue scored four goals in key win to tie the Loons on points at the top of the standings
NASL Staff | May 21, 2016

Photo credit: Indy Eleven/Matt Schlotzhauer

Indy Eleven remained unbeaten in the Spring Season with a scintillating win over first-place Minnesota United. Indy earned a 4-2 victory to pull even with the Loons on points at the top of the table. The Loons stay in first on superior goal differential.

Eamon Zayed put Indy Eleven (3-4-0, 13 points) in front in the 16th minute. Defender Nemanja Vukovic played Justin Braun through the center of Minnesota’s defense and slotted the ball to his right past the on-rushing goalkeeper Sammy Ndjock. Zayed then tapped the ball into the open net for the first goal of the game and his third of the season. Vukovic had started the move from around his own 18-yard box before driving the Eleven forward.

Zayed turned provider shortly after halftime. He found Jamaican forward Omar Gordon, who also was able to slot into an empty net to double the advantage in the 49th minute.

The two-goal lead, however, didn’t last long. Stefano Pinho scored for the second week in a row with a cracking effort in the 54th minute. Kevin Venegas picked up the assist for his 14th in a United (4-1-2, 13) kit to have the all-time lead for the club.

Center back Damion Lowe equalized the game in the 69th minute when he connected on a volley to the far corner off a corner kick. It was his second goal of the season for the Loons. Venegas also added his second assist of the game. 

Indy would regain its lead, though. Vukovic’s free kick was initially stopped by Ndjock, but Braun pounced and fired his shot past the ‘keeper at the near post in the 75th minute.

Deep into stoppage time, Justin Davis was sent off with a second yellow card. From the ensuing free kick, substitute Nicki Paterson curled his shot into the far post with a slight deflection from Ndjock to seal the victory.

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