For the superstitious, thirteen is not a popular number, but Knoxville Force’s Tim Baker wasn’t bothered by it Saturday night while playing against Georgia Revolution at Samson Sports Complex.

That’s because Baker scored back-to-back goals in the 12th and 13th minutes of the National Premier Soccer League match, quickly putting the Force up 2-0. The score held until just before halftime when Revolution’s Sam Choi knocked in a penalty kick in the 39th minute, making it 2-1 Force.

After the break, Knoxville’s Thibault Mathorez scored on a penalty kick in the 54th minute, giving the Force a 3-1 lead until another penalty kick, this time by Georgia’s Christian Duncan in the 62nd minute, making it 3-2.

And similar to how the match started, it ended with a goal by Tim Baker in the 82nd minute, giving Knoxville the win 4-2.

“Tim Baker was incredible tonight. He is a tough player, and I’m so proud of his leadership on this team,” said Knoxville Force general manager Derrick Long. “We’ve got three regular season games remaining, and we’re looking forward to seeing how things turn out the next couple of weeks headed into the playoffs.”

The win for the Force was their fifth of the season, with two ties and two losses, and was an important one.

Force fans are invited to the team’s final home match on June 27th at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available for purchase beginning an hour-and-a-half before match time at Sansom Sports Complex, 234 Dale Avenue. Admission: adult – $5, child – $3, children ages 8 and under – free.

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