RECAP: Indy Eleven impresses in 0-0 draw at University of Louisville

The Boys in Blue stay unbeaten during 2017 preseason in scoreless tie with the Cardinals
Published Mar 10, 2017
Indy Eleven Impresses in 0-0 Draw at University of Louisville
Boys in Blue stay unbeaten during 2017 preseason in scoreless tie with the Cardinals

LOUISVILLE (Friday, March 10, 2017) – Indy Eleven continued its 2017 preseason with a 0-0 draw at the University of Louisville in a solid showing at Lynn Stadium.

A first half full of chances for the “Boys in Blue,” Indy’s first chance of the half came just eight minutes in when forward Eamon Zayed got on the end of a cross by midfielder Don Smart, only to head directly at Cards ‘keeper Jake Gelnovatch. Five minutes later, the hosts saw a half chance break their way the area as a ball was played through between midfielder Brad Ring and goalkeeper Jon Busch, but the veteran ‘netminder was quick off his line to collect.

Indy again tested the waters in the 19th minute when Zayed and Torrado combined on the far side, but the former Mexico legend saw his shot absorbed by a sea of white kits and the chance was gone. After a few minutes of back and forth between the two sides, the Cardinals had their best opportunity of the half in the 36th minute. Striding forward, forward Mohamed Thiaw found himself in on goal with a tight angle, but centerback Lovel Palmer raced back to make a goal line clearance and keep the score level. For Indy, it was again the Irishman Zayed who provided the best go at goal when in the 43rd minute, he curled a beautiful ball towards the far post only to narrowly miss. Despite plenty of chances for the visitors, the two went in level at the break.

The second half presented an equal amount of opportunities for both sides, and it was the hosts who came closest first. Just three minutes into the second half, Louisville forward Tate Schmitt nearly broke through on Jon Busch’s goal but his side-footed effort rolled just wide and out. Three minutes later, it was Thiaw again as a rifled effort was solidly blocked by Kwame Watson-Siriboe, who was among the more active members of Indiana’s Team until the wholesale swap just after the hour mark. With just under 30 minutes to play, a mix of ‘keeper Keith Cardona, defender Anthony Manning, and a few trialists replaced eight on the park for Indiana’s Team, beginning a testy last half hour. Immediate pressure by the Cards nearly saw a defender head in a Louisville corner, but Cardona had his near post covered and the chance went dry.

Louisville had their finest look on goal in the 73rd minute when forward Tate Schmitt stopped just over 20 yards outside the box and curled a left-footed bullet that clipped the crossbar on its way over and out. Five minutes later, Indy trialist David Goldsmith had a terrific look on goal, but an impressive cover save by the UofL ‘netminder kept the score at zeroes. Right at the death, trialist Vincent Cicciarelli nearly clipped in an effort past replacement goalie Will Meyer, but his awareness stifled the move and the full-time whistle blew.

The scoreless draw keeps Indy Eleven unbeaten in their 2017 preseason tour after a win over the Butler Bulldogs (NCAA) and a draw with Swope Park Rangers (USL). Indiana’s Team marches on to the University of Evansville next Saturday where they face Louisville City FC (USL) at Arad McCutcheon Stadium. Ticketing information for that game can be found at

The 2017 NASL regular season gets underway on March 25 away to the San Francisco Deltas, but the “Boys in Blue” are back home again in Indiana on April 1 for the 2017 home opener. Secure your season tickets for every game at Carroll Stadium this year at or by calling 317-685-1100 on Mon-Fri during regular business hours!


NASL Preseason
University of Louisville 0 : 0  Indy Eleven
Friday, March 10, 2017
Lynn Stadium – Louisville, KY
Scoring Summary:
Discipline Summary:
UL – Mohamed Thiaw 24’
IND – Brad Ring 44’
Indy Eleven line-up (4-4-2, L-->R):  Jon Busch; Daniel Keller, Lovel Palmer, Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Marco Franco; Ben Speas, Gerardo Torrado, Brad Ring, Don Smart; Eamon Zayed, Justin Braun

Indy Eleven bench**: Keith Cardona (GK), Jeff McClure*, Anthony Manning, Sinisa Ubiparipovic, David Goldsmith*, Vincent Cicciarelli*

*denotes trialists
**not full list of trialists