RICHMOND, VA (March 25, 2017) – Indy Eleven finds three points in a 1-0 clean sheet
on the road in its first USL outing against Richmond Kickers. A link up play from
Eleven forward Soony Saad saw striking partner Jack McInerney net his first regular
season goal for “Indiana’s Team”.

“I knew Richmond would be a hard team to play at their home,” said Indy Eleven head
coach Martin Rennie. “I knew they would be difficult to play against and I was very
happy that we managed to get the win and get off to a good winning start this
season.”

The “Boys in Blue” created their first chance in the opening moments of the match.
In the 7^th minute, Indy defender Tyler Pasher sent a well-placed cross dead center
of Kickers’ box that linked up perfectly with Saad’s head. While the nod looked to
be heading to the back of the net, Richmond’s goaltender Travis Worra jumped up to
tip the shot upwards. As the ball descended, Kickers defender Braeden Troyer stepped
up and cleared the ball out of danger, keeping the score level.

Kickers created their first chance at a goal halfway into the first half. In the
24^th minute, Richmond’s Giuseppe Gentile received service on the right edge of
Indy’s 18-yard box after his teammate Troyer sent a long ball from the center
circle. Gentile tried to catch Indy goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams off his line as he
rushed to pressure, but the midfielders attempted shot traveled wide of the post.

Kickers found themselves with another opportunity in the 36^th minute by way of
Yudai Imura. After a series of passing that stemmed from a throw in by Gentile,
Imura connected with the ball near the top of Indy’s box that was deflected out by
Fon Williams. Not wanting to let the attempt die, Richmond’s Christopher Osei-Wusu
came into keep the attack alive. Fortunately for Indy, defender Reiner Ferreira
broke through the tight scrum in front of goal to clear the ball up the field. Indy
found the lead just five minutes later.

In the 41^st minute, defender Karl Ouimette played the ball up the right corner of
Kickers’ attacking half to Saad while the striker made his way to the edge of the
field. Feeling the heat from Troyer, Saad crossed the ball to McInerney as he
barreled towards the far post. The striking pair’s efforts paid off as McInerney
placed the ball firmly between the post and elevated Indy into the lead.

Kickers looked to level the playing field in the 68^th minute with a close call from
Gentile. After a fresh-legged Matthew Bolduc stepped on to the pitch, the midfielder
fed the ball forward to Gentile in Indy’s defending half past the visiting backline.
Gentile fired a grounded shot from the top of the box that forced Fon Williams to
quickly collect before the ball crossed the line.

Kickers conjured a final chance in the 88^th minute before the match wore on into
six minutes of stoppage time. Gentile was poised for a shot at goal when Kickers
midfielder Finnlay Wyatt launched a cross his way. Ferreira managed a touch on the
ball at extension light enough to keep the play at bay for Fon Williams to collect
before Gentile could equalize.

The match ended with Indy walking away with “Indiana’s Team” registering their first
win in their USL era. Additionally, retuning “Boys in Blue” Brad Ring and Justin
Braun found minutes as second half substitutions. Tonight’s match marked the first
time Braun saw regular season minutes since enduring a season-ending injury in
August 2017.

Don’t miss out on your chance to see the “Boys in Blue” up close and personal at
Indy Eleven’s 2018 Home Opener next Saturday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m.