INDIANAPOLIS (October 11, 2017) – Indy Eleven and the San Francisco Deltas looked
set to share the spoils once again this season until an 81st-minute winner from
Brazilian attacker Dagoberto handed the hosts all three points at Kezar Stadium.
Indy Eleven head coach Tim Hankinson opted for a number of changes from Saturday’s
2-2 draw with the New York Cosmos, most notably starting forward David Goldsmith and
midfielder Tanner Thompson over Eamon Zayed and Gerardo Torrado. Also back in the
starting XI, midfielder Craig Henderson sat alongside Brad Ring in the center of the
park, and he was first to leave his mark on the contest.
Just seven minutes in, Henderson collected a pass from Paulo Junior, who had an
impressive spell on the right side, and drove forward towards goal-minute own goal
being given to Colin Falvey following a Deltas’ corner kick.^th. Unleashing a rip
with his left boot, the Kiwi found the top corner and beat Deltas ‘keeper Romuald
Peiser to open the scoring. However, similar to their goals against New York, Indy
would concede quickly, giving up their first goal of the night just five minutes
later with a 12
Both sides would test the opposition ‘keeper as the first half continued, with Indy
Eleven coming closest as the Brazilian Paulo Junior tried to link up with the
forward David Goldsmith just after the half-hour mark only for the Englishman to
miss the pass by an inch. At the halftime interval, the pair were locked up, 1-1.
An eventful start to the second half, again it was “Indiana’s Team” who started
quick out of the gate, with Brad Ring nearly created another opportunity for the
sprightly Goldsmith only to see the flag raised for offside at the crucial moment.
Minutes later, Nemanja Vukovic’s positioning as a wide midfielder created a chance
for Henderson to add his second of the night, but his header was directed straight
at Peiser. The closest the Deltas would come in the same span would be flashed
efforts from Dyego and Heinemann, but both were held in as two of Jon Busch’s five
saves on the evening.
With collecting three points for Indy Eleven being a vital part of their pursuit,
the attack continued to seek an elusive late winner. However, it was the home side
Deltas who found the back of the net instead, with Dagoberto taking two steps
inwards before unleashing a curler that pinged off the inside of Busch’s far post to
give his side the lead.
Despite a hard fight on the road, Indy Eleven falls to the San Francisco Deltas,
2-1, leaving them five points (32) off fourth place (37) in the Combined Standings
with just three games to play and a game in hand for both playoff rivals New York
Cosmos and Jacksonville Armada FC.
Indy Eleven returns home to IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium to host Miami FC for
Hispanic Heritage night on Saturday, October 14 at 3:00 P.M. ET. Tickets for the
game – and all remaining 3+ NASL matches at “The Mike” in 2017 – can be purchased
for as little as $11 online at www.IndyEleven.com