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1790 Express Start Out Strong

Cincinnati wins on the road against the Louisville Lightning 6-5

Fairfield, OH, November 18, 2009 --( Cincinnati’s Professional Indoor Soccer Team, the 1790 Cincinnati Express, started out the season with a come from behind 6-5 win over the Louisville Lightning.

The game started off slow on the offensive end with both teams sitting back on the defensive half of the field. After a scoreless first quarter, the Lightning struck first with a rebound goal in the second quarter. Jeff Hughes tied up the game with an assist from Shawn Rockey. Louisville scored again to give the home team a 2-1 lead at halftime. “It was great to get the first goal of season for not only myself but for the team, sometimes the first one’s the hardest,” said 1790 Midfielder Jeff Hughes.

Louisville came out strong after half time putting in 3 third quarter goals compared to Cincinnati’s one to make the score 5-2.

Cincinnati was able to come back in the fourth quarter showing their strong team character and determination to fight back. With two more goals by Jeff Hughes, including the game winner, Cincinnati was able to come out on top. “Scoring the game winner was great because it was the culmination of the great effort we kept putting in until the end of the game,” said Hughes.

The defense held tight to not allow a goal in the last quarter with multiple shots stopped by defenders Kurt Fischer, Jeff Henderson, Craig Rhodis and Garret Buck. Craig Salvati also made several stops to secure the victory. “We definitely showed a lot of heart tonight to come back on the road. They had a great atmosphere and showed very well for a brand new franchise. We will definitely take a lot from this game and continue to improve as we get ready for our home opener against Detroit,” said 1790 GK Craig Salvati.

1790 head coach Alex Rawlings also commented, “We were able to accomplish many tasks with this Louisville game. We capitalized on getting the first win of the season, staying strong on the road and winning a divisional game. We now have a week to expand on the positives and work to fix the negatives of our team game. It was an exciting environment and obviously Louisville is being run, first class and will be an asset to the PASL.”

2008-2009 Player coach Craig Rhodis suited up for the Express to give the team the knowledge and confidence with his experience. 1790 was also able to give newcomers to the PASL, Andy Farrell and Kevin Noschang, valuable minutes to aide in their professional development.

Cincinnati will host the Detroit Waza, also 1-0 in the eastern division, this Saturday night 11/21/09 at the Gametime Training Center in Fairfield, OH at 8:00 pm.

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