USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Sunday, March 13, 2016
INDIANAPOLIS – FC Cincinnati was pegged back late as it played to a 1-1 draw with Indy Eleven in a preseason scrimmage at the University of Indianapolis’ Key Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Luke Spencer opened the scoring for the visitors before Eamon Zayed scored the equalizer for Indy.
Neither side was able to create many chances early on as the game took time to settle. Sean Okoli had a chance set up by Corben Bone rules out for offside 15 minutes in, and then again went close on the half-hour mark as Jon Busch had to be alert in the Indy goal to smother the opportunity.
Indy’s first real chance arrived three minutes later, but Cincinnati goalkeeper Dallas Jaye did well to deny Wojciech Wojcik from close range after FCC’s defense was unable to clear the initial threat. Okoli continued to be a threat at the other end for the visitors, however, and forced a good save from Busch as he broke in one-on-one seven minutes before halftime. Kenney Walker’s shot from 20 yards on the rebound went over the crossbar.
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Spencer gave Cincinnati the lead a few minutes after coming on as a substitute in the second half. The former Xavier standout stole possession from Indy’s defense and then was able to muscle his way past Greg Janicki before sending a low finish just inside the left post for a 1-0 lead.
Indy pushed back strongly to try and find an equalizer. Brad Ring forced another good save from Jaye in the 71st minute, and Duke Lacroix sent his shot over the bar after a cutback to the penalty spot from Justin Braun. The equalizer arrived five minutes from the end, though, as Zayed sent home a diving header from the top of the six-yard area to level the score.