After a successful first round in the Tennessee State Cup to advance to the semi-finals, Nashville FC Youth’s ’98 Boys Revolution team won the Division 1 State Championship in the U19 Division this past weekend in two exciting, hard-fought games. They also accomplished a remarkable feat at this age group and competitive level – no goals conceded in the entire tournament, while scoring 13 goals in five games.
Revolution met its clubmate ’98 Cosmos in the semi-final match on Saturday. Both teams have a tremendous amount of mutual respect and know each other’s game very well, which lead to an intense atmosphere with advancing to the finals at stake. The first half ended with no score. Half way through the second half, Ethan Wilson put a header in the net from a free kick cross from Baker Lockhart to put Revolution up 1-0. Towards the end of the game with Cosmos pressing to tie it up, Revolution capitalized on a counter attack with a pass from Drew Viscomi to Travis Brown to finish the game 2-0.
Revolution then met FC Alliance ‘98 Black from Knoxville in the finals on Sunday, a team that won the Premier division of the Southern Regional Premier League (SRPL) placing them among the top teams in the south. Revolution had won the First Division of the SRPL so this was also a match-up of the best of the U19 SRPL. Playing against a very physical, big and strong FC Alliance team, Revolution’s defense and goalkeeper defended brilliantly. In the first half, Revolution’s Drew Viscomi earned a free kick and hit the corner of the net from 20 yards out, ending the half 1-0. FC Alliance came out hard and aggressive to start the second half, but Revolution defended very well against the attack. With seven minutes left and FC Alliance chasing the game to get a goal, Revolution exploited their defense with a cross from Luis Altamirano to Nathan Djona who then laid it back to Blake Sams for the goal to seal the win 2-0.
Nashville FC Wins U19 State Title