CLINTON, MISS. (May 16, 2018) - Indy Eleven's 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
participation ends as USL PDL side Mississippi Brilla FC win,1-0, off a late-game
set piece.

The first half didn't see much action in terms of goal scoring opportunities with
only four shots between the two teams, all of which came from the “Boys in Blue”.
Indy had their closest first-half attempt in the 41^st minute when Eleven forward
Justin Braun was on the receiving end of a cross following a deep run to the right
corner. The ball connected with Braun's head just outside Brilla's 6-yard box, but
couldn't convert as the ball flew over the crossbar.

Despite a scoreless first half, Indy Eleven demonstrated their dominance. Over the
first 45 minutes, “Indiana's Team” retained 59 percent possession of the ball, and
conceded one corner, four fouls and were found offsides a single time. Mississippi
trailed in possession with 41 percent and conceded five fouls. Like Indy, Brilla was
award one corner kick and called offsides one time in the first half.

Indy continued to press as the clock ticked into the second half. The “Boys in Blue”
made several deep runs into Brilla's box, but each run was met by a home team
defender before taking a shot. Indy's best attempt at goal came in the 71^st minute.
A through pass from the center circle by Eleven forward Jack McInerney forced the
ball to Braun's feet, deep in Brilla's defending half. Fighting to get forward,
Braun managed to fire a shot at angle nearly 10 yards out from goal, but Brilla
goalkeeper Jordan Bell jumped to tip the ball just wide of the far post. Braun came
close again four minutes later with a shot within the 6-yard box that ultimately
ended over the crossbar and called offsides.

Brilla found their game-winning chance in the 82^nd minute after several delayed
minutes of play following a hard challenge. Mississippi was awarded a free kick 30
yards out from Indy's goal for the initial offense that saw Eleven midfielder Brad
Ring and Brilla forward Javen Palmer shown yellow cards. Brilla midfielder Oliver
Brock stepped up and sent a cross to the far edge of the 6-yard box where defender
Koray Easterling tapped the ball into the back of the net before it could touch the

Both sides continued to press for the remaining eight minutes, but neither side
could find another goal, thus ending Indy's stint in the U.S. Open Cup. It was a
disappointing result for Indy Eleven head coach Martin Rennie, but a result full of

“The game can be cruel sometimes,” Rennie said. “It was one of those games we were
in control and we couldn't get a goal. I don't think we deserved to lose that. Our
attacking play has to be better.There's no point in shying away from that. We need
to work on getting our shape right and our quality right.”

The focus now shifts to this Saturday, when Indy Eleven return home to take on
Bethlehem Steel FC. The “Boys in Blue” currently sit in fifth place on the USL's
Eastern Conference table and just three points off of the top spot.

“We're in a good position in the USL and we need to take advantage of it,” said