May 21, 2016
Soccer News Net staff
Indy remains unbeaten
INDY ELEVEN 4, MINNESOTA UNITED 2
|Justin Braun scored the game winner, and also had an assist as Indy Eleven remained unbeaten.
Photo by Matt Schlotzhauer/indy Eleven
INDIANAPOLIS--Two late goals propelled Indy Eleven to a 4-2 win over Minnesota United at Carroll Stadium Saturday night.
Indy took a 16th minute lead when Justin Braun found Éamon Zayed wide open on the far post. They doubled their lead four minutes into the second half, as Braun swung in a cross from distance to Zayed, who was able to touch the ball across the frame of goal. United goalkeeper Sammy Ndjock missed while trying to intercept the ball, allowing Omar Gordon an open chance at goal from a tight angle.
Minnesota cut the deficit in half in the 54th minute, as Kevin Venegas found Stefano Pinho with space on the right side of the pitch. Pinho cut inside and unleashed a blast into the net. The Loons found the equalizer in the 69th minute when Damian Lowe rose up to meer a corner kick by Venegas and smashed
Just 15 minutes from time, Nemanja Vukovic curled a free kick over United's defensive wall. Ndjock made an impressive diving save at the post but couldn't hold the ball, which rolled to Braun who finished from close range.
A second yellow to defender Justin Davis, after a foul just outside the box, left Minnesota with ten men and Indy was a dangerous free kick chance. Second half sub Nicki Paterson was able to curve a shot over the wall and out of the reach of Ndjock to seal the win for Indy.
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FORT LAUDERDALE STRIKERS 2, RAYO OKC 1
YUKON, Okla.-- - A stunning second-half freekick by Ramon Nuñez was the difference for Fort Lauderdale as the Strikers picked up a second-consecutive road victory with a 2-1 win over Rayo OKC at Miller Stadium Saturday night.
With the win, the Strikers (2-2-3, 9 pts)leapfrog Rayo OKC (2-3-2, 8pts) in the Spring Season standings. Fort Lauderdale is unbeaten in three-straight matches.
Jose Angulo opened the scoring in the 33rd minute in the first-ever meeting between the two sides. Nana Attakora served up a precision cross from the right flank that Angulo headed home for his first goal of the campaign.
Rayo OKC found their way back into the match courtesy of a Michael penalty kick in the 62nd minute. Diego Restrepo guessed correctly on the attempt, but the NASL top scorer had both pace and precision on the effort to equalize for the hosts.
With 20 minutes remaining, Nuñez scored the game-winning goal from distance with a perfectly-executed freekick. The Honduran midfielder send the ball over the wall and past the fingertips of a diving Daniel Fernandes to notch his first goal for the club.
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