CINCINNATI, OH (September 29, 2018) - Heartbreak on the road as the “Boys in Blue”
fell to FC Cincinnati, 3-0, in the team’s third series matchup of 2018. A skewed
result hasn’t deterred Indy Eleven head coach Martin Rennie as “Indiana’s Team”
continues its fight to secure a 2018 playoff position.

“It sounds like a lopsided game because of the scoreline, but it wasn’t a lopsided
game, it was quite an even game,” Rennie said. “But, goals change games and they got
goals at good times.”

Both sides put on a high-energy display in the first half. Back-and-forth play
sparked fireworks as both teams found hard looks at each other’s goals. Eleven
defender Reiner Ferreira led the charge with a shot from distance in the 10^th
minute that forced a stretched save from Cincinnati goalkeeper Evan Newton. Indy
continued to ask questions with another shot 10 minutes later, this time from
midfielder Dylan Mares in side Cincinnati’s 18-yard box. Newton came up strong with
a falling save once again and kept Mares from scoring his third goal of 2018.

Despite Indy’s offensive efforts, it was the “Orange and Blue” that gained the lead
in the first half. FC Cincinnati forward Danni König and midfielder Jimmy McLaughlin
had scoring opportunities in the 25^th and 28^th minute, respectively. Of those
chances, König’s shot was saved by Eleven goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams and
McLaughlin’s soared just wide of the right post. However, the clean scoreline was
spoiled in the 34^th minute when forward Fanendo Adi converted McLaughin’s central
pass into a low, bouncing goal at distance. The goal was Adi’s third in eight
appearances for Cincinnati. Eleven forward Elliot Collier tried level the score in
the 40^th minute, but Newton pushed the Chicago Fire loanee’s shot out of play.

Indy moved into a dangerous position inside Cincinnati’s box three minutes after the
start of the second half, but a slew of shots and deflections kept the ball from
crossing the home side’s goal line. König took advantage of the shift in Indy’s
attacking momentum and found space for a goal in the 65^th minute thanks to a long,
forward pass from McLaughlin. FC Cincy found the final goal of the night nine
minutes later when forward Russell Cicerone’s shot took an unfortunate deflection
off Eleven defender Carlyle Mitchell’s outstretched boot and into Indy’s netting.
Eleven substitute forward Soony Saad and defender Kevin Venegas attempted to put
their team on the scoresheet in the 88^th and 92^nd minute, but Newton saw his side
through to a shutout with more saves.

“I’d say that our play in the final third would need to improve,” Rennie said.
“…Their goalkeeper had a great game. [He] made some really important saves at
important times.”

Not wanting to dwell on dropped points, Rennie looks to pick up the pieces and move
forward to prepare his squad for the next fixture.

“The mistakes that we made cost us the game, so we have to cut those mistakes out,”
said Rennie. “We also have to be much more dangerous in our attack and in the final
third, so when we have those chances we have to take them.”

“Indiana’s Team” will return home for the final time of the 2018 regular season to
host Bethlehem Steel FC next Saturday, October 6. Fans can get tickets to the 7:00
p.m. kickoff for as low as $15 at