Bad weather didn’t keep the Georgia Revolution National Premier League soccer team from facing off against Inter Nashville FC Thursday night at Henry County High School.
Unfortunately for the Revs, their early attacking success was undone by a run of five goals by Inter Nashville in the second half, leading to a 6-2 loss at the hands of the visitors.
“Yeah, the scoreboard doesn’t lie we came up short today. We had plenty of chances we just didn’t convert it,” Georgia Revolution head coach Stephen “Steo” Magennis said. “A blind man will tell you that it should have been a much closer game and we should have been on top but it is what it is. We’ll make no excuses and move on and get it right for Saturday.”
The opening minutes of the match featured both teams making early attacks. Nashville took the opening kickoff down the field and attempted to catch the Revolution off-guard. After cleaning up the attack, the Revolution pushed the ball back down the field within 30 seconds and attempted their own attack that ended with a shot in the hands of the Nashville goalkeeper.
The intensity picked up during the rest of the first half. The Revs knocked on the door two more times but didn’t convert and the match remained scoreless through 26 minutes.
Shortly after, the Revolution finally broke through when Issac Promise drove a ball over the head of a defender and past the Nashville goalkeeper for the first goal of the night. Nashville responded however before the half ended to tie the match at 1-all.
“I mean, personally, it was a little chance of luck,” Magennis said of the tying goal. “Our left wing is very experienced and a very high-level player. He jumped in a situation where he’s usually very calm, so in those types of situations we must be a little bit more calm, a bit more relaxed. Of course it changes the dynamic and puts a bad taste at halftime”
The Revolution were quick to put a goal into the net to start the second half as a corner led to a Toni Tente header. It was the last time that the Revs would hold the lead. Nashville tied the match six minutes later and used the momentum to score four more goals for a 6-2 victory.
“Second half, we just didn’t show up from the go, that was it,” Magennis said. “Simple. We had the chances but we just didn’t score that was it, simple.”
The season is in full swing for the Revs, who will look to bounce back Saturday.
“We keep on punching on, we’ll show up Saturday and we’re going up against a very good Knoxville team and we will put our best foot forward,” Magennis said. “We’re going to still come in and attack and we’re not going to take a step back. It’s not going to knock our confidence, these guys are good enough. Six or seven of those guys will be at the pro level, I’m sure of it. You will see that response. The big guys, the big personalities, the confidence to be a leader — they’ll step up and they’ll get it right. I trust them.”