INDIANAPOLIS – The scene was something out of a football or basketball game, maybe even a championship soccer match overseas.
When there are fans rushing the field, jumping around, embracing players and even lifting up a few, it’s usually a moment of signficance that causes such a reaction from the gallery.
For the rooters of the Indy Eleven it wasn’t a championship that made them take to Carroll Stadium’s pitch on Saturday night. That’s not in the cards for the first year franchise that has had expected growing pains in it’s first year of North American Soccer League play.
All it took to celebrate was a win in the Circle City.
In what will be perceived as a major upset across the NASL the Indy Eleven delivered their best performance of the season in front of another sellout crowd downtown, beating first place Minnesota United FC 2-0 on Saturday night.
A goal by Victor Pineda in the eighth minute and then another by Jhulliam in the 46th were enough to get the victory as Kristian Nicht pitched the shutout to finally bring the franchise that elusive win.
After seven minutes of stoppage time came to an end fans rushed the field and immediately gathered around midfield with some carrying flags and signs while others set off smoke to celebrate the win. Nicht was even lifted up by a few fans around midfield after his efforts in the victory.
It was a celebration that was six months in the making and another significant first for a growing franchise.