On September 5, 2015 Noche de la Herencia Hispana was hosted at Carroll Stadium. On that day, there was also a soccer match in the heart of Indianapolis. Indy Eleven played against the Jacksonville Armada FC. Noche de la Herencia Hispana, translates to Heritage Night and this year it sponsored the Indy Eleven match.
The event was maintained by the Morales workers of the Morales Group, there were flags of Latin American countries flying from one of the goal stands. It was used as an avenue to celebrate the “Campeones de la Comunidad.”
It was a fun day that ended with the match between Indy Eleven and Jacksonville Armada. The match started at 7:30 pm and nine minutes after the kickoff, Zach Steinberger, a relatively new addition to the Indy Eleven team, scored the first goal of the match, and his first as a member of the team. At that moment the match was already better than the last one they played on Wednesday, September 2, against the Minnesota United FC because they didn't score.
This goal was a part of a strategy. When asked about the previous match against Jacksonville, Steinberger said, “Since I have been here, it has been really tough. We have had our string of losses and it has a lot to do with giving up early goals. You know it is very difficult to win a game on the road or even at home when you concede a goal in the first fifteen, twenty minutes.”
But even with this strategy, there was still a major stall for about 64 minutes until the next goal was scored by Steinberger again, making him the savior of the match and earning him NASL Player of the Week (Week 10).
Interim Coach Tim Reagan, said that their possession game was not the best, meaning that the Indy Eleven could not keep the ball in their possession for a long enough time and that was why they had so many near goals.
After the second goal was scored, it was almost certain that the game would end in a 2 – 0 win with Indy Eleven on top. Marvin Ceballos in the last minute scored the third goal against Jacksonville. In the 90th minute, Ceballos shot the ball right in the net. It was the icing on the cake. The whole stadium shook with celebration and happiness. This meant that Indy Eleven would no longer be 10th in the standings. In fact, the team moved up to seventh place.
This was the first Indy Eleven win after two consecutive losses. There are eight more games left this season. Out of the eight, four will be home games, and Coach Reagan promises excitement.