MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – It wasn’t a perfect first half for Nashville SC – they allowed too much pressure in the defensive end, and ultimately conceded in the 43rd minute, but with goals from Ropapa Mensah and Alan Winn, the team takes a 2-1 lead into halftime.
Mensah was played through on a Winn long ball up the middle, and hammered the ball home to open the game’s scoring in the eighth minute of the game. Winn would record a goal of his own in the 32nd minute. Bolu Akinyode played a pass over the top to the winger, and Winn managed to bend the ball far post past Tormenta 2 keeper Tor Saunders.
Nashville would be disappointed shortly before the half, though. A scramble in front of goal would see a deflected pass ultimately fall to winger Adrian Billhardt. He would manage to get the ball past Nashville keeper Connor Sparrow to pull one back for the USL League Two side.
The second-round US Open Cup game is within striking distance at the half, despite Nashville generating plenty of chances. Some wasteful moments by strikers in front of goal – USL Championship single-season goal-scoring record-holder Cameron Lancaster has been unable to continue a positive run of form that a goal over the weekend against Swope Park Rangers could have provided – have the visitors still hoping for an upset.
- 8′ NSH GOAL – 3 Ropapa Mensah (right foot), assisted by 19 Alan Winn (through ball)
- 32′ NSH GOAL – 19 Alan Winn (right foot), assisted by 30 Bolu Akinyode (through ball)
- 43′ SGA Goal – 10 Adrian Billhardt (right foot)
- 45+2′ Half time.