Three road playoff games in a week against higher ranked teams was nothing for Inter Nashville FC.
It all started with Tuesday night’s away victory over league powerhouse Chattanooga FC 2-1 at Finley Stadium. Goals by Jose Castellanos Cordova and Chuka Aruh in the second half were the difference for Inter.
Nashville then traveled nine hours to play Knoxville Force on Friday in New Orleans in the conference semifinal. An own goal and a goal from Chuka Aruh gave Nashville another 2-1 victory.
Saturday night Inter Nashville took on the undefeated New Orleans Jesters in front of close to 3,000 fans in the NPSL Southeast Conference final.
A tight first half was blown wide open by a penalty and red card call on the stroke of halftime. Nashville forward James Narke was pulled down in the box and Inter’s main man, captain Liam Collins, scored from the spot, giving Nashville a 1-0 lead.
Inter were able to fully control the second half and scored twice more through high schooler Christian “Pato” Gomez and Dean Foster to complete a 3-0 victory.
“I told the team after the first practice that we were going to win the league and they looked at me a little crazy, but now they understand what I saw in them and are fully committed to going all the way,” Inter Nashville head coach Richard Askey said. “With players like Liam Collins, Hayden Coffman, Christian Gomez, and Luke Wilson, all who should be playing at the next level, I knew we could have immediate success.”
First-year team Inter Nashville FC were crowned champions of the NPSL Southeast Conference and now look to continue their good form against the number one ranked Miami Fusion on Saturday.