INDIANAPOLIS (October 1, 2017) – Indy Eleven suffers a 5-0 loss at the feet of North Carolina FC with all four goals coming in the opening 45 minutes at Sahlen Stadium in North Carolina.
As Indy’s playoff push brought them to Cary to face NCFC, head coach Tim Hankinson opted to introduce Paulo Junior, Craig Henderson, and Tanner Thompson into the midfield with forward David Goldsmith taking the place of Eamon Zayed.
North Carolina FC got off to a fast start when forward Renan Gorne redirected a cross from fullback Kareem Moses to beat Indy goalkeeper Jon Busch to open the scoring just ten minutes in. Indy absorbed pressure from the hosts as chances fell their way up to the half-hour mark. However, near back-to-back goals from Nazmi Albadawi and Steven Miller in the 32nd and 34th put NCFC up three. At the end of the half, the home side was awarded a penalty which dragged us into stoppage time, and Gorne converted from the spot for his second of the night.
Two second-half subs got things started for “Indiana’s Team” as defender Colin Falvey and midfielder Brad Ring were replaced by defender Kwame Watson-Siriboe and defender Daniel Keller, who made his return to the field for the first time since August. “Buschy” would make two crucial saves as his side fought to pull one back late one. Despite their persistence, Indy would fail to get on the scoresheet and NCFC would add insult to injury with a fifth goal – a free kick from Dre Fortune – in the 90th minute.
Indy Eleven returns home to IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium to host Puerto Rico FC on Wednesday, October 4 at 7:00 P.M. ET. Tickets for the game – and all remaining 3+ NASL matches at “The Mike” in 2017 – can be purchased for as little as $11 online at www.IndyEleven.com or by phone at 317-685-1100.
NASL Fall Season
North Carolina FC 5 : 0 Indy Eleven
Sunday, October 1, 2017
WakeMed Soccer Park – Cary, NC
NCFC – Renan Gorne (Kareem Moses) 10’
NCFC – Nazmi Albadawi (Austin Da Luz) 32’
NCFC – Steven Miller (Renan Gorne) 35’
NCFC – Renan Gorne (p) 45+1’
NCFC – Dre Fortune 90’
Indy Eleven lineup (4-2-3-1, L-->R): Jon Busch (GK); Nemanja Vukovic, Cory Miller, Colin Falvey © (Kwame Watson-Siriboe 46’), Marco Franco; Brad Ring (Daniel Keller 46’), Craig Henderson; Paulo Junior, Tanner Thompson, Ben Speas (Adrian Ables 65’); David Goldsmith
IND bench: Keith Cardona (GK); Don Smart, Eamon Zayed
North Carolina FC lineup (4-1-4-1, L->R): Brian Sylvestre (GK) (Macklin Robinson 46’); Paul Black, Connor Tobin, Christian Ibeagha, Kareem Moses; Marcel Kandziora (Bolu Akinyode 65’); Austin Da Luz (Tiyi Shipalane 76’), Dre Fortune, Nazmi Albadawi, Steven Miller; Renan Gorne
NCFC bench: James Marcelin, Lance Laing, Tiyi Shipalane, Brian Schuler, Jonathan Glenn