INDIANAPOLIS (September 26, 2018) - Indy Eleven wheel away victorious after shutting
out long-time East coast rivals Tampa Bay Rowdies, 2-0. The three points nudge the
“Boys in Blue” back into fifth place after suffering back-to-back losses in the
previous two matches.

“I was really pleased,” said Indy Eleven head coach Martin Rennie. “I think in our
last two home games, we’ve had two of our best performances. I think other than a
couple little let downs in the Pittsburgh game, we’ve been on a run. So, it’s a good
time to be playing well.”

Both sides displayed high energy in the opening moments as players made aggressive
moves on either side of the pitch. An on-frame header by Eleven forward Jack
McInerney in the 21^st minute, which was deflected by Rowdies midfielder Afrim Taku,
gave “Indiana’s Team” the first look at goal. Tampa Bay responded six minutes later
when Eleven goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams brilliantly forced Rowdies forward
Sebastian Guenzatti’s one-touch shot from the top of the 18-yard box, ricocheting
off the right post.

The stalemate didn’t last as the “Boys in Blue” found the opening goal in the 37^th
minute. Defender and assist leader Ayoze played an in-swinging ball from the corner
to the center of the six-yard box where defensive partner Karl Ouimette headed the
shot into the lower left corner of the net. The goal was Ouimette’s third and
Ayoze’s seventh assist of the season. Additionally, all three of Ouimette’s goals
have been assisted by Ayoze from corner kicks.

Tampa Bay tried to find the equalizer in the last moments of the first half. Rowdies
midfielder Junior Flemmings beamed his shot towards goal from outside Indy’s box,
but Fon Williams read the play well and knocked the attempt out of play. The
Welshman recorded his 11^th clean sheet of the year after a four-save performance.

Indy Eleven sealed their victory in the 75^th minute when forward Elliot Collier
capitalized on a loose deflection inside Tampa Bay’s box. The shot, which was
initially played into forward Jack McInerney, created the opportunity for the
Chicago Fire loanee’s first goal for Indy.

The win inches the “Boys in Blue” closer to securing a playoff spot. For Rennie, the
key to doing so will be retaining his side’s momentum in the final three matches of
the season.

“It’s really about continuing the momentum and when you have a good win you have to
continue on for the next one,” Rennie said. “So, that’s what we’re looking for. It’s
improvement. It’s confidence. It’s believing that they can do it.”

The Circle City side will travel to the Buckeye State this Saturday to take on the
newly crowned 2018 Eastern Conference Regular Season Champions, FC Cincinnati. Then,
“Indiana’s Team” will return home one more time in the 2018 regular season to host
Bethlehem Steel FC on Saturday, October 6. Fans can get tickets to the last home
game of the year for as low as $15 at or by calling

USL Regular Season
Indy Eleven 2:0 Tampa Bay Rowdies
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 – 7:00 p.m.
Lucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis, IN