NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Early and late Tucker Hume goals were enough to propel Nashville FC past fourth-division Inter Nashville FC 2-0 Wednesday night at Vanderbilt’s soccer complex, giving the USL side its first-ever U.S. Open Cup win.
Nashville advances to the third round for a home date with the PDL’s Mississippi Brilla, which upset Indy Eleven Wednesday.
On a sticky night in Music City, Nashville SC’s defense clung to Inter Nashville’s attack as tightly as the humidity that soaked the players in sweat. The NPSL side kept things close for the full 90 minutes but was unable to find an equalizer after Hume chased down a Robin Shroot through ball and buried it in the back of the net in the 19th minute.
In the 89th minute, Hume sealed the match with a laser-guided effort that caromed off the inside of the crossbar before falling across the goal line.
Nashville SC dominated play for much of the first half after a shaky start. Then, after an evenly played first ten minutes of the second stanza, lightning flashes in the area caused a 45-minute delay.
The break was enough for Inter to summon the energy for a final push, but a series of counterattacks failed to result in a goal.
The Boys in Gold controlled possession, holding the ball for two-thirds of the match. They attempted 19 shots, including six on target, and held Inter to eight off-target efforts and none on goal.
Next up for Nashville: Clinton, Mississippi’s Brilla, which stunned Indy Eleven 1-0 in the Magnolia State to set up the third-round showdown in Nashville. That match will take place Wednesday, May 23 at Vanderbilt. A win would likely pair Nashville against an MLS side in the fourth round.