The Riverhounds defeated Indy Eleven, 1-0, Wednesday at Highmark Stadium during Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup action, and they looked well on their way to doing it again Saturday night in Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium.
Hounds rookie midfielder Robbie Mertz put the Hounds up 1-0 in the 15th minute with an absolute blast:
That, coupled with the fact the Hounds just shut out Indy Eleven Wednesday at home, set the stage nicely for a Hounds victory. Only, victory never came, thanks to a late charge from Indy Eleven.
Midfielder Kenney Walker tied the game in the 71st minute and ruined Hounds goalkeeper Austin Pack's clean sheet in the process. Then, just 10 minutes later, midfielder Tyler Pasher booted a second one past Pack, effectively completing the comeback and sealing the victory for Indy Eleven at home.
With the win, Indy Eleven moves to 6-2-3 and fourth place in the USL Eastern Conference standings. The Hounds, meanwhile, fall to 2-2-6 and 13th in the standings.
"We knew it would be tough coming here and they would raise the tempo," Bob Lilley said after the game. "I think we did really well the first 20-25 minutes of the second half. I think we needed to do a better job finding outlets, so we can hang on to possession. We defended for much of the second half.
"This is a tough place to play. I think it's important for us to keep it in perspective and get back to work."
• Mertz's goal was the first of his professional career.
• Rookie forward Mark Forrest made his pro debut in the 79th minute and was issued a red card during stoppage time, forcing the Hounds to finish the match a man down.
• Hounds defender Ryan James led the club with five interceptions.
• The 2-1 final score could've been worse for the Hounds. They were out-shot 17-8 in the match.
• Indy Eleven controlled 62.2 percent of possession in full-time.
• The Hounds return home next Saturday, June 8, to face Ottawa Fury FC (5-2-3) at Highmark Stadium. Match begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are available here.