The Otters are likely feeling déjà vu after conceding four second-half goals to the Nashville SC U-23s on Wednesday night. It is the second time this season that the Otters have taken second place Nashville to the half scoreless only to concede four in the second half. The loss dropped the Otters overall record to 3-6-2 and snaps their home-unbeaten streak.
The first half was back and forth for both sides. Nashville had a couple of clear chances, but goalkeeper Torge Wiedenroth (Reinhardt) was up to the task each time.
For the Otters, they were able to press Nashville and give them little space to operate, leading to a number of forced turnovers. The Otters were able to get on the counterattack numerous times in the first half, with Tresor Mbuyu (Liberty) and Renato Skoko (Tusculum) combining well in the first half.
The second half got off to a bad start when Nashville forward Logan Paynter scored one minute into the second half. He was then able to double the Nashville lead ten minutes later. Nashville’s Blake Wilson got behind the defense in the 68th minute and was able to slot the ball past Wiedenroth to expand the lead. The fourth and final goal came in the 83rd minute when Nashville substitute Shak Adams sent in a shot that just snuck past Wiedenroth.
A bright spot for the Otters is that they were able to showcase some of the up-and-coming talent they have on the team. Jake Gusler (17 years old), the youngest player in Otters history, made his fourth appearance of the season and nearly picked up an assist. Meanwhile, Jordan Broadwater (ETSU) and Shalom Dutey (Liberty) made their season debuts after helping lead the Otters U-19s to a regional championship last weekend.
The Otters will play their final home game on Saturday against the West Virginia Chaos at 7PM at Kermit-Tipton Stadium. Ticket are available online at ottersoccer.com or can be purchased at the gate on game day.