Analyzing Indy Eleven's loss to Edmonton 

click to enlarge Peter Evans from the Brickyard Battalion's Slaughterhouse 19 kept fans whipped up throughout the game. Players say they feed off the energy, which is especially critical to them when they are facing a deficit as they were on Saturday. One of the chants the BYB shouted: "We believe that we can win!" And, if a couple of Indy's shots were a little more on target, the team may have in fact delivered. - REBECCA TOWNSEND
  • Peter Evans from the Brickyard Battalion's Slaughterhouse 19 kept fans whipped up throughout the game. Players say they feed off the energy, which is especially critical to them when they are facing a deficit as they were on Saturday. One of the chants the BYB shouted: "We believe that we can win!" And, if a couple of Indy's shots were a little more on target, the team may have in fact delivered.
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Here are a couple parting shots from Saturday's Indy 11 match against Edmonton F.C.

Starting with Edmonton's first goal against Indy, which rolled in at about 24 minutes into the game. As the play began to unfold, one could almost hear all the amateur coaches in the audience screaming, "Don't pass back in front of the goal - especially under pressure!" Still, Jaimi Frias and Kristian Nicht have the chemistry and ability to pull off such a maneuver if necessary. But, in this situation, certainly turning to the outside or up the line would have been better angles for safe clearance. Here's the best I could capture the horrific episode from my angle behind the opposite goal:

click to enlarge Dylan Mares displays some fancy footwork, but his impending pass back to Jaimi Frias sets off a disastrous defensive lapse. - REBECCA TOWNSEND
  • Dylan Mares displays some fancy footwork, but his impending pass back to Jaimi Frias sets off a disastrous defensive lapse.
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click to enlarge Frias prepares for his fateful possession. - REBECCA TOWNSEND
  • Frias prepares for his fateful possession.
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click to enlarge Jami passes back toward the goal, presumably seeking goaltender Nicht's assistance in switching fields and/or clearing the ball out of Indy's danger zone. - REBECCA TOWNSEND
  • Jami passes back toward the goal, presumably seeking goaltender Nicht's assistance in switching fields and/or clearing the ball out of Indy's danger zone.
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click to enlarge Time seems to freeze as players and fans watch the pass roll, more slowly than Frias had intended toward to goal. - REBECCA TOWNSEND
  • Time seems to freeze as players and fans watch the pass roll, more slowly than Frias had intended toward to goal.
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click to enlarge Though this angle is bad, it does show the column of players (and ref) lined up in front of the goal the second before the shot. Norales runs in next to the ref, Daryl Foryce, the Edmonton player who goes on to bury his shot in the back of the net is obscured, but Nicht can be seen preparing to absorb the strike. - REBECCA TOWNSEND
  • Though this angle is bad, it does show the column of players (and ref) lined up in front of the goal the second before the shot. Norales runs in next to the ref, Daryl Foryce, the Edmonton player who goes on to bury his shot in the back of the net is obscured, but Nicht can be seen preparing to absorb the strike.
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click to enlarge Members of the defense absorb the sinking reality of losing a goal. - REBECCA TOWNSEND
  • Members of the defense absorb the sinking reality of losing a goal.
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Edmonton's second goal game less than two minutes later as Kareem Moses cleaned up a deflected corner kick.
click to enlarge Kareem Moses lines up his shot. - REBECCA TOWNSEND
  • Kareem Moses lines up his shot.
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click to enlarge Nicht is bowled over backward as Moses penetrates the box. - REBECCA TOWNSEND
  • Nicht is bowled over backward as Moses penetrates the box.
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click to enlarge Edmonton erupts in celebration as Indy attempts to regain its footing. - REBECCA TOWNSEND
  • Edmonton erupts in celebration as Indy attempts to regain its footing.
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Then a free kick from Mike Ambersley deflected off the defense, slipping into the left side of the goal.



Following the game, NUVO caught up with Indy Eleven team captain Kristian Nicht and forward Mike Ambersley.





We also sought some insight from Juergen Sommer on what lessons could be gleaned from the match that the team had so hoped would be its first victory of the season.



Indy fans can plan to watch the re-match at the Eleven's next home match against Edmonton, set for Sept. 13. The Eleven will travel to Alberta to play Edmonton on July 27.

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Rebecca Townsend served as NUVO news editor from May 2011 to August 2014. During a 20-plus year career, her bylines have appeared in publications ranging from Indiana AgriNews to the Wall Street Journal. Her undergraduate degree is in sociology and anthropology from Earlham College, and her master's is in journalism... more

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