INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Ottawa Fury FC used a goal from veteran midfielder Nicki Paterson in the 88 minute to give the home side a 1-0 win over Indy Eleven.
Chances were few and far between for both sides, as they combined for just 11 shots.
The visitors were forced to deal with an injury blow in the 34 minute, as midfielder Sergio Peña suffered a lower leg injury that will be further evaluated early next week upon the team’s return to Indiana. Indy Eleven would get its best chance of the match in the 48 minute when a sustained build-up ended with the ball popping to midfielder Victor Pineda 10 yards from goal, but his shot destined for the far post drifted inches wide left to take Ottawa off the hook.
Two more chances around the hour mark would go wanting, as forward Wojciech Wojcik had the ball taken off his foot inside the area with a sliding challenge by Alves, while midfielder Brian Brown’s low effort from 15 was stopped with a kick save by Peiser.
The game’s tipping point would come with two minutes in regulation, when Ubiparipovic held possession before Indy’s Brad Ring swept over and tried to clear the ball inside the six. However, his clearance ricocheted off Ubiparipovic and into the path of Paterson, who slammed home a first-time shot from 12 yards out to move the scoreboard for the home side.
Indy Eleven will take a break from NASL action this Wednesday, May 27, when the squad will make its debut in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament with a third round affair against USL side Louisville City FC. Kickoff from IUPUI’s Carroll Stadium is slated for 7:30 p.m.
Three days later on Saturday, May 30, Indy Eleven will return to league play at home against the Tampa Bay Rowdies, with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. on Indiana Craft Brew Spring Festival Night at “The Mike”.