INDIANAPOLIS, Ind: The home opener for the Indy Eleven was an exciting matchup as they took on Puerto Rico FC. The game was played with very hard defense on both sides of the ball, including some spectacular saves by the goalkeepers, resulting in a draw with a final score of 3-3.The turnout for the Eleven’s first home game of the season at Michael A. Carroll Stadium was spectacular. With the match selling out, the stadium was electric and definitely was an advantage for Indy.
“The Boys in Blue” started out hot, scoring 2 goals within the first 10 minutes of the match. One of the goals coming from a free kick by Nemanja Vukovic that connected with the head of fellow teammate Justin Braun who knocked it in to give the Eleven the lead and their first score of game.
The Second goal was made less than 5 minutes later by midfielder Ben Speas which was his first goal as a member of the Eleven, after joining the team during the offseason.
Puerto Rico would finally respond with their first goal around the 24 minute mark in the match. Conor Doyle was able to shake Indy’s goalkeeper Jon Busch to put it past in the far corner of the net.
The game would be tied up 2-2 come the 45 minute mark right before halftime. A penalty kick was awarded to Puerto Rico’s forward Hector Ramos. The first kick was unsuccessful with Eleven’s goalkeeper getting the save, but was then rebounded to be put in the back of the net.
Puerto Rico obtained their first lead of the game in the second half before the 60 minute mark. This one was yet again off of a penalty kick, delivered from midfielder, Walter Ramirez. The Indy Eleven responded around 75 minutes into play with another goal, the second one of the day for Justin Braun.
The match continued to be exciting and hard-fought until the end, but would ultimately finish with the result of a draw 3-3. The Eleven earned another important point in the standings on the spring season, and will look to continue to add to it next week when they take on Puerto Rico FC again, only this time on the road.