Indy Eleven Gameday & Match Preview
Indy Eleven at Louisville City FC - #LOUvIND | #LIPAFC
Saturday, October 13, 2018 – 7:30 P.M. EST
Louisville Slugger Stadium – Louisville, Kentucky

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The “Boys in Blue” face Louisville City FC for the third "Louisville-Indianapolis
Proximity Association Football Contest" in the final game of their inaugural 2018
USL season. The third fixture this season between the two sides determines where in
the Eastern Conference Top Eight Indy Eleven will finish. A victory on the road will
secure the fifth seed playoff position for “Indiana’s Team”.

Indy Eleven (13W-10L-10D) go into the final regular season game at fifth in the
Eastern Conference with 49 points. “Indiana’s Team” drew Bethlehem Steel FC in the
last regular-season home fixture of 2018 in a 1-1 draw. An acrobatic chip from Indy
Forward Eugene Starikov leveled the game at one and secured the point that helped
clinch a playoff spot, courtesy of a North Carolina FC’s defeat against Louisville
Tuesday night. The goal was Starikov’s sixth of the season. Head Coach Martin
Rennie’s side is back on the road for the final fixture, where they have struggled
as of late. His side’s recorded a 0W-3L-2D record in the last five road matches.

Louisville City FC (18W-6L-9D) hold on to second place in the Eastern Conference
with 63 points after defeating North Carolina FC, 2-1, on Tuesday night. Late game
heroics from leading goal Cameron Lancaster saw Louisville victorious. Lancaster
netted a brace, scoring both of Louisville’s goals and his 23rd and 24th of the
season. The Englishman remains the front runner for the 2018 Golden Boot, as he
currently leads by five. The side’s joint assist leader, Forward Ilija Ilic, and
Defender Paco Craig each assisted on Lancaster’s goals. The 84th minute game winning
goal brought Louisville’s win streak to five. They’ve relied on their streaking
offense to keep the wins coming, as they now lead the Eastern conference in scoring
with 70 goals.


One of the key members of Indy Eleven’s squad this season, both offensively and
defensively, has been Defender Ayoze. The Spaniard currently leads the “Boys in
Blue’s” assist chart with eight in 2018. The crucial impact Ayoze makes is in the
variations of assists he produces.

The 32-year-old has produced multiple nearly full field, drop of a dime assists,
lead through balls that split defenders and free runners, and played in assists with
beautiful passes from dead ball scenarios. Additionally, he’s netted four in 2018,
one of which was a penalty that came against Louisville in Week Eight.


Versatility is a luxury not every professional player possesses. However, Louisville
City FC Midfielder Oscar Jimenez is a player that does for the Kentucky based side.
Jimenez is able to transition from his midfield role into a defensive position when
LCFC Head Coach John Hackworth’s back line needs rotating.

The 28-year-old is most potent from his midfield position though. He is currently
the teams joint assist leader along with teammate Ilija Ilic. Jimenez has played 76
key passes, 10 of which have led to assists during his 2018 campaign. Indy will need
to put a blanket over Jimenez if he takes up a midfield position in Saturday night’s


Indy Eleven Forward Jack McInerney and Louisville City FC Forward Cameron Lancaster
are 2 of 13 players in the Eastern Conference to reach double digit goal numbers in
2018. In the final game of the 2018 USL regular season, the pair of forwards, who
each lead their team in goal scoring, will face off for the third time this season.

McInerney had Louisville’s number in the team’s second meeting. The 26-year-old
forward netted a brace against the side at Louisville Slugger Field. McInerney
struggled to find the net at the start of the season, most likely the result of
coming off a spell of not receiving much playing time. Though when the forward found
his confidence as a “Boy in Blue”, he found the back of the net regularly again.

McInerney has shown his versatility as a striker scoring with each foot, his head,
and even his hip when he scored his first goal of the season in the squad’s season
opener against Richmond Kickers. Don’t forget about his ability to strike a deadly
set piece, as well.

McInerney’s counterpart will be Lancaster come Saturday night. Lancaster comes into
the match on a hot streak, as he’s found the back of the net five times in his last
five matches. Two of those goals came in the previous match against North Carolina
FC, where he scored his 23rd and 24th goals. The brace was enough to land the
Englishman as the single-season goal scoring record holder in the modern USL, with
the chance to grow that number against Indy Eleven in his side’s final regular
season match of 2018. The 25-year-old forward has been most potent from inside the
box, where he’s scored 17 of his 24 goals.