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Sporting KC II pull off shock win over Indy Eleven as Academy kids shine

An unlikely hero, Bailey Sparks, scored the stoppage time winner in his debut.

Sporting Kansas City II beat the Indy Eleven by a score of 2-1 with eight SKC Academy kids featuring with goals from Wilson Harris and Bailey Sparks to bring an end to a four-game losing streak.

After making his professional debut, SKC Academy product Kayden Pierre received his first start at right back and was one of three changes from last week’s loss as Christian Duke and Fredinho Mompremier also returned to the starting XI.

Remi Prieur was the hero of the first half for SKC II with four crucial saves, but a swift SKC II counter attack allowed Wilson Harris to give the visitors the lead in the 41st minute after heading in Fredinho Mompremier’s delivery.

Just three minutes after coming on as a halftime substitute, Atlanta United loanee Andrew Carleton found the equalizer for the Indy Eleven with a clinical finish past Prieur.

When it appeared that SKC II was content with a 1-1 draw, a magical moment came from 17-year-old Bailey Sparks who fired in the stoppage time winner after Petar Cuic did well to find the SKC Academy product to give SKC II all three points on the road in his professional debut.

Already eliminated from playoff contention, SKC II improved to 5-9-1 on 16 points. The Indy Eleven will see this match as a massive opportunity missed to clinch the final playoff spot of Group E, staying in second place on 23 points with a record of 7-6-2. The Indy Eleven will now travel to St. Louis on Saturday and need a win or draw in their final regular season match of the season to clinch a playoff spot.

After the most humbling result of the season last week against the Austin Bold, there is no doubt that they delivered on Wednesday night. SKC II will end the season splitting the season with two wins and two losses at the Indy Eleven, something that was quite improbable when the schedule was released several months ago.

Quite a debut from Bailey Sparks, who got a yellow card just seconds after coming on before scoring the stoppage time winner. As an 86th minute substitute, Sparks was very lively. SKC II had some good spells but was definitely kept in the game thanks to the heroics of Remi Prieur, who had some stunning saves in the first half.

Sporting KC II will conclude the season with one final match against Louisville City FC on Saturday.

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