Coming off of a 2-0 win against FC Tulsa on Wednesday night, the boys in blue looked to continue their winning streak Sunday night as they went to Fifth Third Bank Park to take on Atlanta United II. After Saturday's events the Indy XI, sitting at 5-4-6, sat at fifth on the table looking to continue jumping up spots. Atlanta on the other hand was coming off of a 3-1 loss against Birmingham Legion and was sitting at seventh on the table with a 4-6-7 record. Within the first minute of being on the field Tyler Wolff scored an easy goal coming off of an attempted pass from Eric Dick. This goal was followed up by Wolff's second goal of the night coming at 6'. In the 18' a yellow card is awarded to Atlanta's Darwin Matheus as he goes to stop a clearance from Jared Timmer. The rest of the first half was relatively quiet, with very few attempts at goal for the Indy Eleven and a couple nice saves from goalie Eric Dick. at 45+1' Gordon Wild is shown the first yellow card for Indy Eleven after grabbing Robbie Mertz and stopping a run. Going into the Locker Room Atlanta United II led 2-0.
Interim head coach Max Rogers makes some changes heading back out for the second half, In for Jordan Hamilton comes Nick Moon and in for Aboubacar Sissoko comes Peter-Lee Vassell. In the 50' Tyler Wolff put another shot into the back of the net scoring his third goal and giving him the hat trick. Immediately after Nick Moon drives the ball into the net to give the boys in blue their first points of the night. In the 53' Darwin Matheus increases the Atlanta lead to 4-1 and in the 58' Tyler Wolff sets up a corner piece that gets headed in by Amadou Diop for the fifth Atlanta goal of the night. Peter-Lee Vassell scores his second goal with the team and closes the gap in the 61' making it a 5-2 ball game. In the 62' Patrick Seagrist and Karl Ouimette came out and in their places came Neveal Hackshaw and AJ Cochran. Followed by Manuel Arteaga getting subbed out for Jeremiah Gutjahr in the 75'. In the 77' the refs showed Josh Bauer a yellow card caution. Then in the 83' Jared Timmer chases down Phillip Goodrum and wins a shoulder to shoulder battle for the ball, however after the ball comes loose Timmer's right foot gets tangled with Goodrum's and Timmer goes down hard. The training staffs for both teams came out to the field and Jared Timmer was carried off the field leaving the Indy Eleven with only 10 players to finish the game. The fourth official decides that 5 minutes of stoppage time should be sufficient to end the game, and in the 5' of stoppage David Mejia adds insult to injury by adding a last second goal ending the game in a 6-2 loss for the boys in blue.
Even with such a tough loss and the possible loss of Jared Timmer for weeks to come, there is still good in the game. How could you possibly see any good in this game? Well, Goalie Jordan Farr was a sub meaning a possible return to the pitch could be coming very soon for Jordan , on this weekend’s edition of Soccer Saturday, Carl Haworth gave an estimate of late August as a date for a comeback, and Neveal Hackshaw made his second appearance for the Indy Eleven since playing for T&T during the gold cup, and of course there will be a lot to talk about on the next episode of Cue the Smoke. The Indy Eleven look to add a few new faces to the team Monday and the boys in blue are back at Carroll Stadium Saturday at 7 pm to host OKC Energy FC.