INDIANAPOLIS (July 30, 2017) – In the Fall Season opener, Indy Eleven knocked off FC Edmonton to continue their six-game unbeaten run and pick up where they left off with winning ways.
It didn’t take long for “Indiana’s Team” to get off on the right foot in the first half. Earning his first league start, forward David Goldsmith put Indy in front in the 7th minute after heavy lifting from Don Smart to force Edmonton ‘keeper Tyson Farago out of position. Two minutes later, Smart again forced Farago into an excellent save with a rifled effort at the near post. Indy Eleven goalkeeper Jon Busch had another excellent night out, making one of his seven saves in the 27th minute on a lifted effort from Eddies’ forward Darryl Fordyce.
The hosts would claw one back in the 32nd minute when forward Tomi Ameobi got on the scoresheet in his 100th appearance for the club. Midfielder Ben Fisk shifted from right to left before curling in a perfectly placed cross at the back post, and Ameobi made no mistake from close range in equalizing for his side. However, Indy would restore their lead ten minutes later when forward Eamon Zayed scored his fourth league goal of the year on an inch perfect pass from midfielder Ben Speas.
Though the second half started slow, a plethora of chance fell Edmonton’s way in the final ten minutes that Indy had answers for every time. In the 81st minute, Edmonton substitute attacker Dustin Correa had a pair of free kicks – one that tested Busch in the center of his goal, and the other that found the head of Ameobi only for the forward to send a glancing header over the bar. The closest the home side would get to earning a draw came right at the death when defender Karsten Smith hopped on his bike and produced an acrobatic effort that nearly found the back of the net only to sail just over the crossbar.
With the win, Indy picks up their first three points of the Fall Season and returns home to IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium to host FC Edmonton on Saturday, August 5 at 7:30 P.M. ET. Tickets for the game – and all remaining 7+ 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
FC Edmonton 1 : 2 Indy Eleven
Saturday, July 30, 2017
Clarke Stadium – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
IND – David Goldsmith 7’
FCE – Tomi Ameobi (Ben Fisk) 32’
IND – Eamon Zayed (Ben Speas) 42’
FCE – Ben McKendry 63’
IND – Don Smart 76’
Indy Eleven lineup (4-4-2, L-->R): Jon Busch (GK); Nemanja Vukovic, Lovel Palmer, Daniel Keller, Marco Franco; Brad Ring ©, Gerardo Torrado (Sinisa Ubiparipovic 75’), Ben Speas (Craig Henderson 67’), Don Smart; David Goldsmith (Tanner Thompson 79’), Eamon Zayed
IND bench: Keith Cardona (GK); Tanner Thompson, Christian Lomeli, Adrian Ables
FC Edmonton lineup (4-4-2, L->R): Tyson Farago (GK); Karsten Smith, Pedro Galvao, Abdoulaye Diakite, Shawn Nicklaw; Nik Ledgerwood © (Ben McKendry 58’), Allan Zebie, Sainey Nyassi (Dustin Correa 75’), Ben Fisk; Darryl Fordyce (Jake Keegan 66’), Tomi Ameobi
FCE bench: Chris Konopka (GK); Mauro Eustaquio, Dustin Correa, Marko Aleksic