NASHVILLE – It was a cagey first half between Nashville SC and Bethlehem Steel FC at First Tennessee Park on Saturday night. Nashville controlled two thirds of the possession, but Steel FC were content to bunker and counter, holding the Boys in Gold without a shot on target and just four total shots in the half.
Nashville nearly found the opener in the first 10 minutes as two crosses passed dangerously inside the Bethlehem six-yard box. Neither instance saw NSC with a man at the back post to tap it in and the ball bounced harmlessly away from danger.
The best chance of the half might have come from Bethlehem’s Zach Zandi on a counter. Zandi rocketed a shot that looked destined for the upper corner of the net until Nashville SC keeper Matt Pickens made a one-handed save to deny Zandi. Pickens made two saves in the half as Nashville SC extended its scoreless streak to 421 minutes and counting.
Signs and references to injured captain Michael Reed were visible throughout the stadium, the most prominent being “Reed 17” written on the captain’s armband worn by Forrest Lasso on Saturday night.
Fans can watch the second half of the match, presented by Piedmont/Tennessee 8-1-1, locally on MyTV30 and around the country on ESPN+.