INDIANAPOLIS (June 17, 2017) - In Spring Season Week 13 matchup with North Carolina
FC, goals by forward Justin Braun and midfielder Ben Speas helped seal a 2-0 win for
“Indiana’s Team,” their first of the 2017 season.

Active from the first whistle, Indy pushed the NCFC backline deep in their own
territory but couldn’t manage to open the scoring in the opening minutes. Instead,
the first chance of the half fell for Carolina captain Nazmi Albadawi who took a rip
from distance only to see it skew wide of the goalmouth and out for a goal kick. The
best look on goal in the first half for the hosts came by way of eventual goalscorer
Justin Braun. Taking a one-time cross well, Braun attempted to beat Sylvestre from
close range but couldn’t find the mark. Though both sides created enough to open the
scoring, neither were able to get on the board in the opening half.

Firing their way into the second, Justin Braun was again provider of the first
chance for Indy. In the 50^th minute, Braun took a clipped cross by Ben Speas and
was able to get enough on a header to test Sylvestre, though the ‘keeper was
well-placed to make the save. NCFC would fire back twice in as many minutes as
midfielders Lance Laing and Albadawi both tested Indy ‘keeper Jon Busch, who made
two of his six massive saves on the night to keep the score level.

In the 60^th minute, Indy finally got their breakthrough after a spell of extended
pressure on the Carolina goal. Midfielder Ben Speas flew down the left side and beat
a low cross into the box, forcing the NCFC defense to try and handle the pace on the
ball. Failing to clear, forward Justin Braun bundled into the box and knocked the
loose chance in to give Indy the lead on the hour mark. The goal marked Braun’s
fifth of the season to pace the way for “Indiana’s Team.”

Not going quietly, North Carolina FC would create another pair of back-to-back
chances led by Lance Laing. First up, Albadawi saw a free kick over the bar in the
74^th minute only for Laing to work space in the midfield immediately after and test
Buschy once more only for the veteran to handle the effort with ease.

However, the wave of pressure Indy had placed on the NCFC backline in the closing
minutes eventually paid off. Streaking through the right side, substitute forward
David Goldsmith whipped in a teasing cross through the face of goal that was met by
the right foot of Ben Speas. As the two new “Boys in Blue” connected, Speas
side-footed the chance home past Sylvestre to double Indy’s lead, one they would
hold through the fulltime whistle. For Goldsmith, it was the first assist of the
year and the second goal on the season for Speas.

Indy Eleven now hits the road to face North Carolina FC but will return home to
IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium to face the New York Cosmos on Saturday, July 8
at 7:30 P.M. ET. Tickets for the game – and all remaining 10+ NASL matches at “The
Mike” in 2017 – can be purchased for as little as $11 online at www.IndyEleven.com