On Saturday October 20th, FC Cincinnati and Nashville SC were playing in at the Nippert Stadium in front of 20,127 fans. This was the quarterfinals match in the eastern conference of the United Soccer League (USL). Today marks the first time Cincinnati has advanced in the USL Cup Playoffs, also FC Cincinnati is now unbeaten in its last 25 games, including 23 USL regular-season games.
This was a tense match between the two teams where neither one was able to score within the normal, first 90 minutes of the game. During the game, FCC’s Goalie, Spencer Richey saved 5 goals from Nashville’s scoreboard. In the number of shots taken, FCC outshot Nashville, 22 to 16.
The game went into extra time so two 15 minute time frames were added, and within the first five minutes of extra time, Corben Bone scored thanks to an assist by Kenneth “Kenney” Walker. However, in the last 5 minutes of extra time Nashville’s Bradley Bourgeois drove the ball towards the goal and shot, and it bounced off of an FC player just out of reach of our goalie. This tied the game up yet again and the final 5 minutes of the game remained stale.
Both teams converted five consecutive penalty kicks. One of the exciting moments for our blue and orange team was right after Nashville’s sixth attempt went flying too high, over the goal and Kenney Walker stepped up and landed the sixth penalty shot, securing FC Cincinnati is in the next round of the USL Eastern Conference Semifinals!