September 13, 2017 - North American Soccer League (NASL) - North Carolina FC
North Carolina FC Falls Late at Indy Eleven
INDIANAPOLIS (Sep. 13, 2017) - North Carolina FC suffered a heartbreaking 1-0 loss on Wednesday night at Michael A. Carroll Stadium against the Indy Eleven. The team dug deep and nearly left Indianapolis with a point despite being reduced to 10 men for much of the game, however, a stoppage-time goal from Eamon Zayed clinched a 1-0 result for the home side. Despite the loss, NCFC remains in third place in the combined NASL standings, as it continues the hunt for a post-season berth.
The chances came few and far between for both sides throughout the match. Nazmi Albadawi had the best chance of the first 45 minutes when Renan Gorne played him open inside the box. Veteran goalkeeper Jon Busch made a fantastic diving save to stop the only goal-bound shot for either team in the first half.
The match changed in the 40^th minute, when James Marcelin was sent off after he was judged for a high elbow.
After going down to 10 men, North Carolina FC nearly clinched the draw. Its defensive front stood strong to deny Indy for much of the match. When called upon, Brian Sylvestre was also up to the task. The goalkeeper added four saves, including two diving saves late in the match.
The 10-man NCFC side would come just minutes away from the draw, as Indy scored at the beginning of stoppage time. Zayed headed a perfectly-placed ball into the back corner of the net off a cross from Marco Franco.
NCFC had a chance to equalize late in the match, but the Indy defense blocked several late passes and shots inside the box to hold on for the win.
Coming Up Next: In its third game in seven days, NCFC will return to Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park on Sep. 16 to take on Puerto Rico FC at 7:30 p.m. The match will be presented by Ipreo. Tickets are available online at NCFCTIX.com or over the phone by calling the North Carolina Football Club Ticket Office at 919.459.8144.
Notes: James Marcelin was shown a red card in the 40^th minute, which was the first red card a player from NCFC has seen all year.
Lineups IND: Jon Busch; Nemanja Vukovic, Cory Miller, Colin Falvey ©, Marco Franco; Ben Speas (Don Smart, 81'), Gerardo Torrado (David Goldsmith, 65'), Brad Ring, Sinisa Ubiparipovic; Eamon Zayed, Paulo Junior
Subs not used: Keith Cardona, Christian Lomeli, Tanner Thompson, Kwame Watson-Siriboe
NCFC: Brian Sylvestre; Paul Black, Connor Tobin, Christian Ibeagha, Kareem Moses; Austin da Luz (Matt Fondy, 90+'), Dre Fortune (Bolu Akinyode,44'), James Marcelin, Nazmi Albadawi ©, Steven Miller; Renan Gorne (Lance Laing, 74')
Subs not used: Macklin Robinson, Tiyi Shipalane, Alex Molano, Jonathan Glenn
Score: IND: 1 NCFC: 0
Goals: IND: Eamon Zayed (Marco Franco, 90+') NCFC: -- Cautions: IND: Gerardo Torrado (32') NCFC: Austin da Luz (80')
Ejections: IND: -- NCFC: James Marceiln (40')