Welcome to The Wrap, wherein I recap the content from last week’s Nashville SC game. With only a limited bit of content on the US Open Cup entry, I’ll Wrap that game here, too.
Lancaster – the USL’s single-season goals record-holder – got off the mat after having been kept off the scoresheet since the season-opener, and the garbage goal is hardly something he’ll look down his nose at as he returns to full health and form following injury this season.
Two of Nashville’s three Swope alumni found the scoresheet, with centerback Liam Doyle assisting Ríos’s first goal, and Belmar adding an assist on Ríos’s second, in addition to poking home the final NSC tally of the evening. Midfielder Lebo Moloto was kept off the sheet only by an outstanding save by Swope keeper Adrian Zendejas in the 34th minute on a shot that seemed bound for the bottom-left corner.
One thing is certainly clear, though: this team can handlelesser competition. They did just that in a 5-1 blasting of Swope Park Rangers Saturday evening. Striker Daniel Ríos notched a pair of goals, wingers Kharlton Belmar and Alan Winn added one apiece, and substitute striker Cameron Lancaster put on the capper to provide the largest scoring output in club history – and tie the largest margin of victory.
“The first 15 minutes really set the tone for the game,” said Nashville SC head coach Gary Smith. “We got a complete grip of proceedings, and I’m just delighted that we’ve gone on and won handsomely and given two or three of the guys a real boost.”
The voting post for your community ratings, and here are the results:
- Man of the match: F Daniel Ríos: 9.20
- GK Matt Pickens: 6.00 Community comment:
- “He’s still good on a regular basis, but good for at least one howler per game. Time to make Sparrow the No. 1“
- D Ken Tribbett: 7.80
- D Justin Davis 7.20
- D Liam Doyle: 7.20
- D Kosuke Kimura: 7.00
- M Matt LaGrassa: 7.40
- M Lebo Moloto: 6.80
- “So unlucky to not get on the scoresheet.”
- M Michael Reed: 6.60
- M/F Kharlton Belmar: 8.20 Community comment:
- “Been so good all year. Glad it’s finally paying off.”
- M/F Alan Winn: 7.60
- F Sub Cameron Lancaster (63′): 6.80 Community comment
- “Been so good all year. Glad it’s finally paying off.“
- M/F Sub Ropapa Mensah (63′): 6.80
- M Sub Bolu Akinyode (72′): 6.60
- Head coach Gary Smith: 7.80 Community comment:
- “Not his toughest job of the year, but got it done.”
- Overall team rating: 8.40
The teams ended level on shots in this one, but that’s pretty misleading as to how the contest actually played out. Indeed, here’s the shotmap (Nashville attacking to the right) at the time of the Boys in Gold’s fourth goal:
All four of Swope’s shots at this point were outside the box, and they’d only managed to put one of them on-frame. Meanwhile, all eight of Nashville’s shots came inside the box, only one of them missed the target, and four of them had beaten the keeper.
South Georgia Tormenta FC 2
This ‘elsewhere’ is actually by me, but TheCup.us recap from Tormenta. Miss my regular Ghana updates from last season. Hopefully Ropapa (and now Derrick Jones) will bring that back into my life. Speedway gamer.