Nashville FC Draws With Defending Division Champions
Nashville, Tenn. (May 19, 2014) - Though in the most hostile environment yet and facing the defending SE Division champs, Nashville FC left Chattanooga with a point, cementing their place still atop the table with 4 points in two matches played. With a final score of 0-0, this game was not without a few moments of near heart ache and sheer jubilee.
One such moment took place in the 41st minute, when Chattanooga found its way through the Nashville defense, causing NFC keeper Stephen Lunney, to leave his posts and challenge a shot, which ultimately found the outside netting. Shortly after, Nashville FC’s Wade Wonderlin was on the wrong end of a leg sweep, resulting in a Chattanooga FC yellow card, deep in the visitor’s defending third. Oddly enough, this was the second consecutive game, in which a hard foul against Wonderlin warranted a yellow from the referee. Chattanooga had one last attempt prior to the half time whistle, when a dangerous shot from 35 yards out, was pushed over the bar by NFC’s keeper Lunney.
The second half started a bit slow until the 58th minute, when a Chattanooga forward beat two Nashville defenders and skimmed a shot off the crossbar, resulting in a goal kick. For the next 30 minutes of game time following, Nashville found its stride offensively with multiple crosses into box from Elliot Goodwin. In one such attempt Nashville almost found its way past the CFC keeper, when a header by Walker Mainwaring, was pushed back over the bar for a NFC corner.
Even without goal scorers from last week, Asmir Pervan and Nick Romero, Nashville’s Elliot Goodwin said, "through the game, I thought we still looked threatening going forward but, didn't create any real goal scoring opportunities for ourselves and the pace at which we went forward wasn't as sharp as it probably could had been."
Before the final whistle could blow each club had one last moment to claim 3 points. In the 85th minute, a foul occurred right outside the top of the box resulting in a NFC free kick. Quickly, the free kick was taken and scooped up by the CFC keeper. Five minutes later a headed ball by Chattanooga, paired by a NFC defensive miscommunication, freezes Lunney and the ball luckily rolls JUST wide.
This week, Nashville FC will be both on the road versus Georgia Revolution, Friday, May 23rd and preparing for its first ever home match against Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves at Vanderbilt Soccer Stadium, Saturday, May 24th.