Prior to Wednesday night’s match in San Francisco, the Eleven were sitting five points out of the final playoff position with four games left. Indy had momentum in their favor, securing four points in their previous two games and were playing some of their best soccer to date. The Eleven held their own in the first half against the Deltas with Junior supplying the arsenal for Indy. But it was clearly evident the jet lag and being in the midst of a grueling five games in fourteen days took its toll on the Eleven in the second half as the Deltas tightened their grip late in the match.

Tim Hankinson made several changes to his Indy Eleven side and Craig Henderson showed he’s deserving of another start after coming on strong and scoring in the 7th minute. But once again the ball didn’t bounce in Indy’s favor and five minutes later Colin Falvey scored an own goal from a corner kick, leveling the score 1-1 going into halftime.

The Eleven showed moments of brilliance and almost retook the lead on a few occasions in the second half. But the technical ability and tactical approach by Marc Dos Santos’s Deltas was too much for the Boys in Blue in the final twenty minutes. Deltas forward Tommy Heinemann played a cross from the right flank that bounce through the box and found an open Dagoberto, who was given enough space to take a touch and go far post for the game winner in the 81st minute.

The Eleven will return home on Saturday afternoon against the NASL Spring Champs, Miami FC, who currently sit atop of the NASL combined standings. The Eleven will have to clean up several mistakes starting with their back line. Indy must close down the space in the gaps and in one on one situations or Miami will expose the Eleven with their patterns of play. The Eleven will need to communicate and have no doubts on who they’re marking in the box as Miami as scored 45 goals inside the eighteen. Of course, these mistakes by Indy on Wednesday can be reduced if the Eleven clean up the number of turnovers in their own half.     

INDY ELEVEN v. SAN FRANSCISCO STATS:

GOALS:

Craig Henderson (IN) 7

Colin Falvey (IN) 12*

Dagoberto (SF) 81’

Shots on Goal:

Indy: 3

SF: 6

Possession:

Indy: 57%

SF: 46%

Discipline:

Brad Ring (IN) 35’

Craig Henderson (IN) 36’

Tanner Thompson (IN) 42’

Jackson (SF) 60’

Dagoberto (SF) 84’

Kwame Watson-Siribobe (IN) 90’

Cory Miller (IN) 90’

*Own goal

PHOTO CREDIT: Goldstar.com

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