North Carolina FC Faces Setback at Indy Eleven

Jun 17, 2017
INDIANAPOLIS (June 17, 2017) – North Carolina FC ran into a tough Indy Eleven side and fell 2-0 at Michael A. Carroll Stadium Saturday night. Facing its second match in four days, NCFC made five changes to its starting lineup to make up for fatigue and missing starters. The Indy defense, paired with excellent play from veteran goalkeeper Jon Busch, held NCFC scoreless for just the second time this season.
Both teams spent the first half getting acclimated to the game and entered halftime in a scoreless draw. NCFC did manage five shots while putting one on target, but couldn’t find a first-half goal. Indy had the best chance of the half and put the ball in the goal, but were denied by an offside call.
The second half produced an open match with chances on both ends. Indy was the first to strike. Justin Braun picked up a poacher’s goal in the 60th minute after NCFC failed to clear a ball off the line. The attacker deflected Paul Black’s clearance into the net to give Indy a 1-0 lead.
Colin Clarke injected some attacking flair into the lineup with the additions of Dre Fortune and Billy Schuler in the 73rd and 74th minutes, but the Indiana defense held strong.
Nazmi Albadawi, Lance Laing and Matt Fondy all had chances on goal throughout the game, but the tired legs of the NCFC attackers couldn’t find the finishing touch and Busch did well to keep the clean sheet while making six saves.
The Eleven added an insurance goal in the 85th minute, as Ben Speas made a back-post run to finish off a cross from David Goldsmith.
Saeed Robinson was subbed into the match late, and had a shot on goal, but Busch was there to protect the net and clinch the shutout.
  • NCFC captain Nazmi Albadawi made his 100th competitive appearance for the club tonight. He’s accumulated 90 NASL and 10 Open Cup appearances from 2014-2017.
  • Brian Shriver returned to the starting lineup, making the starting XI for the first league match since May 8 at the San Francisco Deltas.  
  • NCFC was shutout for just the second time this season
  • Dre Fortune made his NASL career debut for the club, playing 17 minutes
Box Score
IND: Jon Busch; Marco Franco, Daniel Keller, Colin Falvey, Nemanja Vukovic, Brad Ring, Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Craig Henderson 81’), Don Smart, Ben Speas, Justin Braun (Jason Plumhoff 89’), Eamon Zayed (David Goldsmith 82’)
Subs not used: Christian Lomeli, Anthony Manning, Keith Cardona, Adrian Ables
NCFC: Brian Sylvestre; Paul Black (Saeed Robinson 82’), Christian Ibeagha, Connor Tobin, Kareem Moses; Nazmi Albadawi ©, Austin da Luz, Bolu Akinyode, Lance Laing; Matt Fondy (Billy Schuler 74’), Brian Shriver (Dre Fortune, 73’)
Subs not used: Macklin Robinson, Tiyi Shipalane, Brad Ruhaak, Jon Orlando,
IND: 2
IND: Braun (60’ unassisted) Speas (84’ Goldsmith)
NCFC: --
IND: Smart 78’, Ring 90+1’
NCFC: --
IND: --
NCFC: --
Attendance: 8,092


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