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Pittsburgh (September 22, 2018) - The road wasn’t kind to Indy Eleven as they fall
on the road to Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, 2-3. Two goals separated by as many
minutes at the beginning of the second half proved too much for Indy Eleven . The
loss marks the second in a row for the Circle City side as they begin their push for
the playoffs.


“We just ran out of time at the end,” said Indy Eleven Head Coach Martin Rennie. “We
started the second half really poorly and that was the biggest turning point in the
game because within a few minutes of the second half starting we were two goals
down.  That put us in a difficult position but I felt like from that moment on the
team actually did extremely well.”


Indy Eleven controlled the majority of the chances in the first half. Forward Eugene
Starikov had the game’s first real chance after sending a Carlyle Mitchell pass just
above the crossbar in the 14’. Five minutes later, Pittsburgh winger Christiano
François sent a venomous free kick inches above the crossbar.  Just before the half
time whistle, Starikov went down in the box after an aerial dual with what appeared
to be an ankle injury.  He was forced to come off the pitch for forward Soony Saad.
Though Indy Eleven continued to hold the ball in prime positions and Pittsburgh
looked dangerous on the counter, both teams went into the half scoreless.


Where first half lacked in excitement, the second made up two-fold. It only took
Pittsburgh’s midfielder Ben Zemanski 4 minutes to convert a Francois cross into a
goal.  Two minutes later, forward Neco Brett pounced on his own rebound after a Fon
William’s save to put the Riverhounds up 2-0. Throughout the game, Francois tested
Indy Eleven’s back line and he delivered many quality balls into the box.


After the flurry of goals to begin the half, Indy Eleven began to find their
footing.  The game was mostly fought in the midfield but forward Jack McInerney put
Indy on the scoreboard after a moment of brilliance.  McInerney deftly settled a
Juan Guerra pass and cooley touched around two defenders before slotting the ball in
bottom right of the goal.


As the game began to open up before the final whistle, Neco Brett was able to draw a
penalty inside area.  Pittsburgh midfielder Kenardo Forbes picked his spot and
converted the penalty as Fon Williams guessed incorrectly.

Almost immediately following the restart of play after the goal, Indy Eleven sent a
ball into the Pittsburgh area where Guerra was able to do just enough to force a
Joseph Greenspan own goal.  Despite the late game drive, Indy Eleven ultimately came
up short.


“I think it was answered that the players never give up and keep going and those are
going to be qualities we have to have to get into the playoffs,” Rennie said. “But
the biggest thing for us is that we have to really find a rhythm because it’s just
not about getting into the playoffs but it’s about getting into the playoffs and
winning”.


“Indiana’s Team” return home on Wednesday, September 26, for Faith and Family Night
against the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Fans can buy tickets to the midweek match at
IndyEleven.com/Tickets