NASHVILLE – Nashville SC started very slowly on the scoreboard at home against Indy Eleven, and while the team recovered enough to create plenty of chances, the 2-0 hole they dug was insurmountable on a day when chances couldn’t turn into goals.
Nashville had plenty of the ball early in the game, but just like the last time they took on Indy Eleven, they couldn’t put a legitimate threat on the goal, and the opponent once again turned a quick counter-strike into a goal against the run of play… helping themselves tilt that run of play in their own favor. By the time Indy put in a second goal just 35 minutes into the game, they were able to sit back and absorb pressure. While Nashville continued to create dangerous moments in the box, they also continued to spoil them.
Indy left back Ayoze Garcia Pérez would have been man of the match for assisting on both goals (corner kick service to Karl Ouimette, and a through ball to Justin Braun). He cemented his status with a clearance off the line by heading away an Alan Winn header that looked destined to bring the hosts back within striking distance. Nashville’s opportunities were all left wanting, and Indy became not only the first team to lead NSC at home, they left with the 2-0 victory.
Nashville completed 86.9% of its passes, and 77.0% in Indy Eleven’s half. However, the final pass was never there to create a true goal-scoring opportunity, and only five of 19 shots were even on-target – and 12 of those shots came inside the box. Finding the key pass and finishing were issues early in the year, and while it’s hopefully temporary, they were back on this night.
With the loss, Nashville ends an eight-game USL unbeaten streak, and loses its opportunity to set up a No. 1 v. No. 2 battle in just under two weeks, when they’ll be hosting current league leaders FC Cincinnati at Nissan Stadium.
First, though, the Boys in Gold will host Atlanta United 2 Saturday. On the heels of a two-game losing streak in all competitions after last Wednesday’s US Open Cup defeat in Louisville, the hapless Five-Stripes may be just what the doctor ordered – though Nashville SC’s form indicates that nothing is a guarantee.
- 16′ IND GOAL – 20 Karl Ouimette (headed), assist to No. 7 Ayoze (corner kick)
- 35′ IND GOAL – 7 Justin Braun (right foot),
- 45’+3 – Half time.
- 46′ NSH Substitution – On 19 Alan Winn, off 11 Ish Jome
- 60′ NSH Substitution – On 23 Taylor Washington, off 28 London Woodberry
- 68′ NSH Substitution – On 3 Ropapa Mensah, off 20 Matt LaGrassa
- 74′ IND Substitution – On 10 Ben Speas, off 17 Justin Braun
- 79′ IND Substitution – On 4 Brad Ring, off 99 Jack McInerney
- 90′ IND Yellow card – 7 Ayoze
- 90’+2 IND Substitution – On 23 Zach Steinberger, off 16 Juan Guerra