MURFREESBORO – Nashville Soccer Club enters halftime with a 2-1 lead against South Georgia Tormenta 2 in a Second Round Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match at Hayes Stadium on the campus of MTSU in Murfreesboro.
The two teams remained deadlocked through the opening minutes, trading possession through the midfield. In the 8’ minute, Nashville struck first with a stellar run forward from Ropapa Mensah, who took a feed from Alan Winn and calmly slid it past the keeper for a 1-0 lead.
Tormenta 2 held its own and kept Nashville from finding many stellar scoring chances in the minutes following the first goal. In the 24’ minute, South Georgia had a partial breakaway that required a stellar Connor Sparrow save to keep Nashville in the lead.
After a solid defensive stand, Nashville finally broke back into the offensive third doubled its advantage in the 32’ minute with a great finish in the box by Winn on a long lob feed from Bolu Akinyode. Up 2-0, the Boys in Gold had to defend again in the ensuing run of play as Sparrow made a phenomenal save at the left post on a chance in the box.
South Georgia’s Adrian Billhardt took advantage of a defensive miscommunication in the final minutes of the first half and tucked one past Sparrow to cut Nashville’s deficit in half.
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