The Jacksonville Armada is scoring off the field.

 

Between the sidelines, though, they came up empty.

As major news brewed in the front office, an exhausted Armada squad went down 2-0 to the Indy Eleven in Saturday night’s North American Soccer League spring season finale at Michael A. Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis.

Nemanja Vukovic and substitute Craig Henderson scored second-half goals for Indy (4-4-8) as Jacksonville, playing its third game in a week, faded after halftime.

The Armada’s game followed a similar pattern - lots of early scoring chances and lots of misses.

This time, no miracle finish bailed them out.

Veteran Indy keeper Jon Busch, five months shy of his 41st birthday, turned back the clock to frustrate the Armada (6-4-6) with five saves.

But it wasn’t all bad news for the Armada.

The Armada entered the field with jerseys bearing the sky blue logo of RP Funding, the Maitland-based direct mortgage lending company of prospective owner Robert Palmer.

That was one more sign of the changing times. The club hasn’t had a primary jersey sponsor since its original deal with Winn-Dixie ended after the 2016 season.

Jacksonville created plenty of chances in the first half, most of them created by the electric speed of Derek Gebhard, but shot after shot - from Gebhard, Jemal Johnson, Jack Blake or J.C. Banks - went wide or straight at Busch.

Two minutes after halftime, the Armada got punished. A defensive miscommunication gave the Eleven a corner, Jacksonville’s defense failed to clear it and Indy defender Vukovic curled in a shot from a tight angle.

Substitute Henderson finished off an Indy counterattack 20 minutes later as the Armada’s fuel tanks dwindled to empty.

The club now takes a breather before kicking off the fall season on July 30 against the San Francisco Deltas at Hodges Stadium.

The break couldn’t come at a better time for the Armada attack. Gebhard is the only player to score in the last 490 minutes, a drought stretching to the team’s June 10 victory at Indy.

The Armada will finish spring in third or fourth, depending on the result of the late kickoff between the New York Cosmos and FC Edmonton.