INDIANAPOLIS (March 31, 2018) – Indy Eleven fall in their first home outing 0-1
against FC Cincinnati in front of a franchise record crowd. A strike from
Cincinnati’s Emery Welshman in the 26^th minute saw the visitor’s walk away with
three points. According to Indy Eleven head coach Martin Rennie, a win was in the

“It was fantastic,” Rennie said. “The crowd, the stadium, the atmosphere; it was
absolutely perfect. I thought it was one of those games, honestly, another night we
would’ve won that game. We had chances, we hit the post, and we had a penalty.
Really, I think Cincinnati only had two chances and they took one of them.”

The “Boys in Blue” tried to run the show in the opening minutes of the match. Indy
Eleven midfielder Matthew Watson hammered a shot from outside Cincinnati’s box in
the 4^th minute. The shot had power, but the attempt fell wide of the post for a
goal kick.

FC Cincinnati began asking questions moments later from the restarted play. In the
6^th minute, Ledesma came up with his first of many challenges for Indy Eleven
goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams. Though the chance looked clear from the newly signed
forward, his attempt found its way over the crossbar for Indy to restart play.
Ledesma would get another attempt in the 9^th minute from a free kick outside of
Indy’s 18-yard box. The shot headed towards the center of the home side’s goal, but
Fon Williams forced the ball from play once again.

Indy’s second chance, and second best chance, of the evening came in the 17^th
minute. Indy Eleven defender Tyler Pasher ran the ball to the corner flag left of
Cincinnati’s goal. Pasher lofted the ball towards the top-center of the visitor’s
6-yard box where Eleven forward Jack McInerney headed the ball off the right goal
post. The free ball bounced off “Boys in Blue” midfielder Zach Steinberger as he
charged in the 6-yard box, but the play died after FCC swept the ball out of bounds.

FC Cincinnati found their game winning goal in the 26^th minute after a series of
deflections. Ledesma fired a shot from the center of Indy’s 18-yard box after
receiving a right-in cross, but Fon Williams made the save at extension. The ball
fell out to the left of Fon Williams following his save when Ledesma collected and
crossed in to striking partner Emery Welshman. With a hard hit, Welshman sent the
ball past Fon Williams and wheeled away in celebration. “Boys in Blue” Watson looked
to level two minutes later with an unassisted run into Cincinnati’s box, but FCC
goaltender Evan Newton saved the shot with a dive to the left.

Indy Eleven saw the needle tip in its favor once again after being awarded a penalty
kick in the 38^th minute following McInerney being brought down in ‘Cincy’s’ box.
McInerney stepped up to the spot and sent the ball to the upper left, but Newton was
prepared and forced the attempted to the right. Still looking to register a goal,
Eleven midfielder Ben Speas brought down Newton’s deflection, only for it to be sent
back out by the traveling goalkeeper.

Indy continued to look for an equalizer in the early minutes of the second half. In
the 51^st minute, McInerney laid a cross to the top of Cincinnati’s box to Eleven
forward Eugene Starikov. The “New in Blue” hard-hitter attempted his shot, but the
ball ended high and out of bounds.

The “Boys in Blue” nearly found a goal to level the score in the final minutes of
regular time. Indy forward Soony Saad took a shot nearly 15-yards out from
Cincinnati’s posts in the 82^nd minute. The shot looked promising for on-looking
fans before Cincinnati’s Newton barely tipped the shot over the crossbar.

Tonight’s loss goes on record as the first in Indy Eleven’s USL account, bringing
them to 1W-1L-0D. Looking past dropped points at home, Indy Eleven’s defense
performance illuminated the stats sheet with the backline winning over 55 percent of
their duels. Additionally, Pasher impact was felt throughout the 90 minutes,
creating four chances and completing almost 82 percent of his passes.

Indy Eleven hit the road next week to take on former NASL rivals North Carolina FC
and return home on April 14^th to take on fellow league newcomers, Nashville SC.