Nashville FC Beat Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves 3-1 in Home Opener
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More than 1,800 fans cheered Nashville FC to an historic victory at the team's first ever home game at Vanderbilt University Saturday night. Both Nashville FC and the Atlanta Silverbacks came out strong, but in the end Nashville FC prevailed, ending the game 3-1 in a packed stadium.
"To have grown up in this town and apart of this soccer community for so many years, and to walk out of the locker room and see that many folks in the stands and see that many folks streaming in, it meets your wildest dreams," said Nashville FC Head Coach Bryan "BJ" Johnson. "It really says a lot for our soccer community, more importantly our exectutive team, our founders, and our members. It's really exciting."
On tired legs, Nashville FC had a slow offensive start, but in the 40th minute, Nashville FC's Kevin Tikhomiroff scored the first goal off a deflection. Not even two minutes later, a cross into the box finds Ben Jones' head, and he too puts another ball in the back of the net. Tikhomiroff also had an assist when his free kick outside of the box deflected off a defender into the goal in the 54th minute.
"We don't talk too much about scoring goals because if you take your chances well, more often than not you'll end up on the right side, so I think the boys are really creating their chances, varying runs in the box, and taking those chances well," said Johnson.
Nashville FC will return to action Saturday, May 31st at 7 p.m. against Rocket City United as the top two teams in the division clash at Richard Siegel Soccer Park in Murfreesboro.