NASL Week 5: Zeroes for Indy Eleven



Indy Eleven, last year’s North American Soccer League Spring Season champions, losers to New York in the league title match and the second-highest scoring team over all has been enduring a sputtering start to the 2017 season.

Indy has only four points to show from four games after Saturday’s 0-0 draw against visiting San Francisco. It was small consolation that Coach Tim Hankinson‘s club extended its home unbeaten streak at Carroll Stadium to 20 regular-season games, which sets a record in the league’s Modern Era.

Elsewhere, surprising Jacksonville maintained its spot atop the standings, earning a draw at New York; Edmonton won for the first time this season, defeating visiting Puerto Rico; and Miami needed a goal in stoppage time to draw with North Carolina.

Indy 0, San Francisco 0

After outscoring the opposition by 25-5 in last year’s Fall Season, Indy Eleven has been held without a goal at home so far this year. Indy (0-0-4, 4 points) has only four draws to show for its efforts after being held by expansion San Francisco (1-0-3, 6). The Deltas have played to consecutive scoreless ties, but are only two points behind first-place Jacksonville.

New York 1, Jacksonville 1

League-leading Jacksonville (2-0-2, 8)  entered Saturday night’s game at Brooklyn’s MCU Park without having conceded a goal so far this season. That run ended in the 22nd minute when Javi Márquez beat Armada goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell off a pass from Walter Restrepo.

Jacksonville was able to snatch a point when J.C. Banks powered a shot past Cosmos (1-1-2, 5) goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer in the 67th minute.

Miami 1, North Carolina 1

Robert Baggio Kcira rescued a point for Miami (1-1-2, 5) with a shot off the post and in the last minute of stoppage time against North Carolina ((1-1-2, 5) at Riccardo Silva Stadium.

After NCFC goalkeeper Brian Sylvestre kept his team in the game with a series of key saves, Lance Laing put the visitors ahead in the 63rd minute, converting a cross from Tiyi Shipalane.

Edmonton 2, Puerto Rico 1

Edmonton (1-3-0, 3) notched its first league win of the year, building a two-goal lead against visiting Puerto Rico (0-1-3, 3) before yielding a goal in second-half stoppage time.

Dustin Corea opened the scoring in the 61st minute with a shot from outside the box after taking a pass from Ben Fisk. The Eddies made it 2-0 eight minutes later when a cross by Dean Shiels eluded goalkeeper Trevor Spangenberg.

The Puerto Rico substitute Jordi Quintilla scored in stoppage time, but it was too little, too late.

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