San Francisco, CA: The Indy Eleven had a very hard fought and exciting matchup tonight against the new addition to the North American Soccer League, the San Francisco Deltas.
After 97 minutes of play the first game of the season for the Eleven ended in a draw with a final score of 1-1. Even though Indy didn’t come out on top with a win, they are still awarded a point on the season with the result of a tie, which is very much needed.
The first goal of the night didn’t come until after the 30 minute mark of the match and was scored by San Francisco midfielder Kyle Bekker after receiving a solid pass from fellow teammate and forward Danny Cruz.
The tieing goal was made after 50 minutes of play for the Eleven and came from their new young talent signed earlier this week, midfielder, Tanner Thompson. This was Thompsons first ever goal of his NASL career.
After the game, Thompson gave his piece on scoring his first goal saying, “It feels really good on the debut. You can only wish to be able to contribute on the stat sheet, and Ben put in a great ball at the right time and I was able to head it home.”
“I would have never put any money on scoring like that. It was actually my first headed goal ever – even from youth soccer and into college. I was just able to get my body position right and throw of their jump. It fell nicely and I was thrilled to be on the end of it.”
Within the final 10 minutes of the match the Indy Eleven had one more opportunity to make a goal and take the lead off of a free kick from Nemanja Vukovic. The delivery and placement was perfect but the effort was stopped by a spectacular save from Deltas goalkeeper, Romuald Peiser.
The “Boys in Blue” are headed back to Indy to prepare for their home opener this Saturday, April 1st, at IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium to take on Puerto Rico FC with a 3 p.m. start time.