INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The last time these two teams met back on April 28th, Indy Eleven took a one-goal lead into halftime. But then it was Jared Stroud and Tom Barlow with the second half goals to give New York the 2-1 win at MSU Soccer Park.
This time around, one single goal would be enough for Indy Eleven.
The match was a significant one for both squads entering the midweek contest. For Indy Eleven, it was a chance to move into third place with three games in hand. For the New York Red Bulls II, it was all about protecting their lead in the Eastern Conference while keeping pace with Phoenix Rising FC for the best record of the league.
With the pace of the match frenetic as advertised early on, there were scoring chances aplenty in the first half. With the Red Bulls II offensive assault on full display, Mathias Jorgenson even had a couple of looks early on, but both opportunities went begging.
Tyler Pasher managed to steal a pass in front of Edgardo Rito, and suddenly, it was just him and the net in his sights. However, Evan Louro was able to win that battle and effectively killed that dangerous scoring chance with a key save, keeping the match scoreless.
The second half began just like the first as both teams contesting just about every pass and shot made, neither side giving an inch.
Ayoze García found an opening and delivered a long pass to Tyler Pasher, nearly catching the Red Bulls defense napping. But once again, it was Evan Louro to the rescue, shutting down yet another scoring chance.
Indy Eleven’s defense didn’t go entirely unnoticed. Off a corner-kick by Jared Stroud, the ball bounced in front Tom Barlow who got off a nice shot from his heel, only to be denied by goalkeeper Evan Newton making a point-blank save, keeping New York off the scoreboard.
Indy Eleven was finally able to break through in the 83rd minute as Matt Watson was able to find Dane Kelly who headed home his sixth of the season to put the home side in the lead, which would be the match winner.
Pivotal Moment of the Match:
The Red Bulls pace was enough to put the visitors at bay, but missed opportunities kept the match close enough to have Indy Eleven string some passes together, keeping possession, which allowed them to finally get a goal by Kelly late in the match.
Man of the Match:
In a match that was fun to watch with a lot of action, it came down to battle of the goalkeepers. Evan Newton outdueled Evan Louro with five huge saves to keep the Red Bulls II off the scoreboard. Helping his team to earn all three points despite 19 shots coming his way from the visitors.