Isaac Angking’s late equalizer salvages point versus Indy Eleven

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SMITHFIELD, RI— Rhode Island FC (3-10-4, 19 pts.) secured a 3-3 draw versus Indy Eleven (9-3-5, 30 pts.) on Friday night.

The match kicked off at 7:30 p.m. ET at Beirne Stadium in Smithfield, Rhode Island to a crowd of 4,000.

The team started their lineup in a 3-5-2 formation with goalkeeper Jackson Lee starting in the net with a backline of Frank Nodarse (left), Karifa Yao (center) and Clay Holstad (right). The midfield consisted of Jojea Kwizera (left) Marc Ybarra (left center mid), Joe Brito (central), Conor McGlynn (right center mid) and Stephen Turnbull (right). The forward roles were manned by Albert Dikwa (left) and JJ Williams (right).

Rhode Island had 3 players out due to injury. They included Gabriel Alves (leg), Kofi Twumasi, and Amos Shapiro-Thompson (Knee).

The match kicked off with RIFC starting in the center circle and quickly advancing the ball into Indy’s defensive third.

Indy had the first chance in the 3rd minute when a flicked on header struck the post and was cleared wide.

Indy had yet another chance entering the 7th minute when forward #13 Sebastián Guenzatti was thwarted from entering the penalty area.

RIFC’s first chance came in the 7th minute when JJ Williams effort was met with a simple save by goalkeeper #99 Hunter Sulte.

In the 19th minute, RIFC defender Frank Nodarse was issued a yellow card.

Entering the 20th minute, Indy Eleven took the early lead.

Following the freekick, it was delivered centrally low-driven to midfielder #16 Laurence Wootton for a low-driven shot that was deflected into the net for his first career goal.

Entering the 28th minute, Indy Eleven added to their lead.

Forward #10 Romario Williams lofted the ball forward to find forward #18 Elliot Collier for the easy finish to make it 2-0 to Indy Eleven.

In the 35th minute, Indy Eleven midfielder #20 Ben Mines was issued a yellow card.

After the initial 45+3 minutes, the match entered halftime with Indy Eleven ahead 2-0

Prior to the start of the second half, both coaches made changes. For RIFC, forward Noah Fuson replaced midfielder Joe Brito and for Indy Eleven, defender #41 James Musa was replaced by defender #5 Callum Chapman-Paige.

The second half began with Indy Eleven quickly advancing the ball into RIFC’s defensive third.

RIFC had the first chance of the half when Clay Holster’s effort was caught simply by goalkeeper #99 Hunter Sulte

Less than one minute later, JJ Williams had a long-distance effort that was blocked away for a corner.

Entering the 52nd minute, RIFC pulled one back.

The in-swinging corner kick by Marc Ybarra found the head of Frank Nodarse for the headed goal.

Following the goal, Indy Eleven goalkeeper #99 Hunter Sulte was issued a yellow card.

RIFC’s next chance came in the 55th minute when Albert Dikwa’s headed effort went just wide of the right spot.

In the 59th minute, Indy Eleven defender #2 Josh O’Brien was issued a yellow card.

As the match entered the 62nd minute, Indy Eleven head coach Sean McAuley made his second and third changes of the match by replacing forwards #13 Sebastian Guenzatti and #18 Elliot Collier with forwards #42 Douglas Martinez and #9 Augustine Williams.

Entering the 69th minute, RIFC leveled the scoreline.

Midfielder Mark Ybarra’s second corner kick delivery of the match hits the head of Frank Nodarse for his second goal of the game.

In the 71st minute, Indy Eleven head coach Sean McAuley made his fourth change by replacing forward #10 Romario Williams with midfielder #22 Tyler Gibson.

In the 75th minute, RIFC head coach Khano Smith made his second and third changes of the match by replacing Connor McGlynn and Stephen Turnbull with Isaac Angking and Zachary Herivaux.

Indy Eleven’s next chance came in the 77th minute when forward #22 Tyler Gibson’s close-range effort was blocked by Jackson Lee.

Entering the 79th minute, Indy Eleven regained the lead.

Following a central delivery by midfielder #42 Douglas Martínez found midfielder #22 Tyler Gibson to regain the lead for Indy Eleven.

In the 80th minute, RIFC forward JJ Williams was issued a yellow card.

In the 81st minute, RIFC head coach Khano Smith made his fourth change of the match by replacing Marc Ybarra with Mark Doyle

In the 83rd minute, Indy Eleven head coach Sean McAuley made his fifth change by replacing midfielder #6 Cameron Lindley with midfielder #34 Max Schneider. RIFC head coach Khano Smith made his fifth and final change as well by replacing Frank Nodarse with Grant Stoneman.

Entering the 84th minute, RIFC midfielder Jojea Kwizera was issued a yellow card.

Entering the 90+4th minute, RIFC leveled the match.

Forward Albert Dikwa managed to find Isaac Angking six-yards out for the close-range finish to level the match at 3-3.

After the 90+5 minutes, the match concluded with the scoreline level at 3-3

With the result, RIFC move to 8th place in the USL Eastern Conference standings.

RIFC Logo. Image Courtesy of Rhode Island FC.

Rhode Island FC (3-10-4, 19 pts. in USL Championship) are on the road to face Eastern Conference side Miami FC (2-2-13 pts.) at FIU Stadium. The match kicks off on Saturday, July 13th at 7:00p.m. EST on ESPN+.

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