You can’t stop Brandon Allen. You can only hope to contain him.
Nashville SC’s recent signing continues to prove his worth, as Allen scored in his third consecutive contest, while also contributing an assist to help guide the Boys in Gold to a 3-1 victory against Penn FC Saturday night at First Tennessee Park.
“All in all, I’m very pleased,” said Nashville SC coach Gary Smith.
“Brandon is starting to show us what he’s about, and why we brought him here. He’s an out-and-out goalscorer.”
The win catapults Nashville SC into sixth place of the USL Eastern Conference . It also keeps their unblemished home record in tact, extending it to 3-0-1 in USL competitions.
Nashville saw a dominant amount of possession in the early goings, despite Penn FC implementing some serious high pressure.
Allen broke the deadlock in the 36th minute. Ish Jome, who started his first game for the Club after signing a couple of weeks ago, crossed in a low ball from the left side of the field. Allen was able to get on the end of the service and tucked the ball in between the legs of Romuald Peiser for the 1-0 lead.
Jome was an absolute threat from his position throughout the entire night. Although his passing accuracy was only 68 percent in the first half, he still found himself in acres of space on multiple occasions and regularly took on defenders.
Lebo Moloto doubled the delight of Nashville SC in the 48th minute. A give-and-go between him and Allen at the top of the box set up Moloto’s one-time shot that bounced off the cross bar and into the back of the net for the 2-0 cushion.
Both Moloto and Allen’s goals tonight put them in a three-way tie with Ropapa Mensah for most goals scored so far this season, as all three have three to their names.
Penn FC was able to pull one back in the 76th minute. After a brilliant save by Matt Pickens forced a corner, Ken Tribbet was able to get on the end of a header at the back post on the ensuing set piece.
Alan Winn put Nashville SC back ahead by two in the 81st minute. Ropapa Mensah’s chipped shot is poorly cleared, as it falls right to the feet of Alan Winn in the six-yard box. Winn put the ball in for the 3-1 lead.
“These first 12 games, I knew were going to be a tough challenge,” said Smith.
“Not only because we’re away an awful lot, but because of the opponents we’re playing against. I’m extremely pleased where we’re sitting in the league, and what we’ve got in front of us.”
Nashville SC will now turn its attention to a date with MLS side Colorado Rapids Wednesday at Vanderbilt Stadium as a part of the U.S. Open Cup.