SAN DIEGO (Saturday, June 25, 2022) – Indy Eleven’s four-game road swing across the month of June ended on a sour note tonight in Southern California as Indiana’s Team fell 5-0 to San Diego Loyal SC at Torero Stadium. While the result snapped the Eleven’s club record 12-game scoring streak, Indiana’s Team remained above the playoff line in the Eastern Conference in seventh position and will now head home to IUPUI Carroll Stadium for five of its next seven contests.
Despite the lopsided scoreline, it was Indy holding the bulk of the ball and enjoying the better chances through the first quarter hour, with an early header by forward Jonas Fjeldberg off a corner and long range look from midfielder Raul Aguilera serving notice. San Diego collected only one shot through the first 20 minutes, but former Indy midfielder Nick Moon jumpstarted their attack in the 23rd minute with a dribble into the area and shot that sailed high. While Loyal SC increased their possession as the half wore on, it was an Eleven miscue that led to San Diego’s opener in the 29th minute, when Thomas Amang collected a misplayed ball in the center circle and raced around drawn out Eleven goalkeeper Bryan Meredith to finish on an open net.
Tim Trilk entered the match in Meredith’s place before the game restarted, as the veteran suffered a hand injury minutes before the goal. After Eleven striker Manuel Arteaga tested Loyal SC goalkeeper Koke Vegas from distance in the 38th minute, it was Trilk coming up big a minute later, darting across his area to stone Moon’s far post half-volley from close range. San Diego found their second in the 42nd minute through Kyle Vassell’s low shot through traffic at the top of the area, and Indy was fortunate not to go down further in first half stoppage time, when Vassell sailed a penalty kick that was drawn after Moon was taken down by Jared Timmer’s last-ditch tackle.
San Diego carried its momentum into the second stanza and took advantage of another Eleven misplayed ball in the 52nd minute, the turnover quickly being distributed to Vassell for a 15-yard finish and a 3-0 Loyal lead. At the hour mark Vassell put himself in position to sweep in Tumi Moshobane’s cross at the far post, but Eleven defender Mechack Jerome’s attempt to play the ball instead nicked it inside the post for an own goal, giving San Diego a fourth.
Indy came closest to scratching one back in the 68th minute when an attack down the right flank ended with two centering passes and the ball at the feet of Arteaga, but his shot from 10 yards rose over the frame. After losing possession just outside his penalty area in the 74th minute, Trilk atoned for his own miscue by scrambling back towards his goal and diving to stop Evan Conway’s look at an open net, but San Diego kept its foot on the gas and got one more through Moshobane in the 85th minute.
After a month away from IUPUI Carroll Stadium, Indy Eleven returns home in time for July 4th weekend, when Indiana’s Team will host The Miami FC during its “Indy-pendence” Celebration game next Saturday, July 2, presented by IBEW Local 481. The special 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff at Carroll Stadium will be followed by downtown Indy’s only Saturday evening fireworks display curated by B105.7 FM “Saturday Night Takeover” and 93.5/107.5 The Fan host JMV; more details on the evening’s festivities including “Bike Night at The Mike” are available at indyeleven.com/promotions.
Tickets for that holiday weekend affair – and all remaining Indy Eleven regular season contests – are available starting at just $15 and can be purchased online at indyeleven.com/tickets. Fans who cannot make it to The Mike can follow the action on MyINDY-TV 23, Exitos Radio 94.3 FM/exitos943.com, and the @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed, presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers.
2022 USL Championship Regular Season – Matchday 15
San Diego Loyal SC 5 : 0 Indy Eleven
Saturday, June 25, 2022
Torero Stadium – San Diego, Calif.
Indy Eleven: 6W-6L-3D, 21 pts., T-7th in Eastern Conference
San Diego Loyal SC: 8W-4L-4D, 28 pts., T-3rd in Western Conference
SD – Thomas Amang (unassisted) 29’
SD – Kyle Vassell (unassisted) 42’
SD – Kyle Vassell (Alejandro Guido) 52’
SD – own goal (Mechack Jerome) 60′
SD – Tumi Moshobane (unassisted) 85’
SD – Thomas Among (yellow card) 18’
IND – Noah Powder (yellow card) 35’
IND – Manuel Arteaga (yellow card) 43’
IND – Jared Timmer (yellow card) 44’
IND – Sam Brown (yellow card) 69’
IND – Solomon Asante (yellow card) 70’
Indy Eleven lineup (4-4-2): Bryan Meredith (Tim Trilk 32’); Noah Powder, Mechack Jerome, Neveal Hackshaw, Jared Timmer (Alex McQueen 61’); Ayoze (captain) (Stefano Pinho 61’), Sam Brown, Raul Aguilera (Justin Ingram 76’), Solomon Asante; Jonas Fjeldberg (Nicky Law 61’), Manuel Arteaga
IND substitutes: A.J. Cochran, Bryam Rebellon
San Diego Loyal SC lineup (3-5-2): Koke Vegas; Elijah Martin, Kyle Adams, Grant Stoneman; Thomas Amang (Tumi Moshobane 45’), Charlie Adams (captain), Collin Martin, Jack Blake (Camden Riley 81’), Nick Moon (Calvin Fodrey 73’); Alejandro Guido (Andrew Carleton 67’), Kyle Vassell (Evan Conway 66’)
SD Substitutes: Austin Guerrero (GK), Nikko Boxall