Nashville SC improved it's record to 2-0 at Nissan Stadium this season with another rousing performance, this time a 2-0 victory against North Carolina FC. The three points guarantees that the Boys in Gold are guaranteed a home playoff match in the USL Eastern Conference playoffs. Below are our collective evaluations of each individual performance.
A rating of 6 denotes and average performance. Each player starts out with a 6 and their performance either adds or subtracts from that rating.
Scores are determined after rewatching the match and looking at the stats, and are the averaged total of each Speedway member's ratings.
Players must have been on the pitch for at least 10 minutes to receive a score. Players who come on later than the 80th minute are ineligible for a rating.
Matt Pickens - 7.8: Pickens now leads the USL in clean sheets with 13 on the season, and is in a prime position to win the Golden Glove.
Darnell King - 7.3: Steady as ever, King continues to put in productive shift after productive shift on the right side. It would be hard to take him out heading into the playoffs.
Jimmy Ockford - 7.8: Didn't touch the ball much compared to his other teammates, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. He continues to be rock solid in the back with Lasso.
Forrest Lasso - 8.5: Lasso is basically guaranteed to deliver a big clearance or two each game as long as he's in the lineup. He contributed three well-timed tackles to boot.
Justin Davis - 7.8: You can make an argument that Davis has been one of Nashville's best players during this stretch, and it shows in his play. Not only did he lead the team in tackles with four, but also was stellar with his distribution with 91% passing accuracy.
Bolu Akinyode - 8: Actually had a couple of long-range efforts that looked promising. Other than that, just a normal day at the office for Akinyode controlling the middle of the park
Matt LaGrassa - 7.5: Put in an all-around shift in the midfield, contributing three tackles and leading the side in passing accuracy at 92.6%.
Alan Winn - 7.3: Winn's dynamic runs kept the North Carolina defense honest throughout, and his speed will come in handy during the Eastern Conference playoff charge.
Lebo Moloto - 9.5: Far and away the best player on the pitch, contributing an assist on a corner kick, and a wonderfully placed header that sealed the three points.
Ropapa Mensah - 8.8: Mensah scored his second goal in three games after finding Lebo Moloto's corner with his noggin. Only touched the ball 30 times during the match, but made the most of his opportunities when he was presented them.
Daniel Rios - 7.3: Led the side in total shots with seven, but was unable to find the back of the net once again. Although he hasn't scored since Sept 28, he'll still be a threat to bag a goal at any moment.
Taylor Washington - 7.3: Contributed to Moloto's goal with a magnificent cross during his shift.
Kharlton Belmar - 6.8: Was precise with his passes after coming on with a 90.9% passing accuracy on 11 passes.
Derrick Jones - 6.3: Came in for short defensive shift. Seems to be back to fully healthy.
Gary Smith - 6.8: Hard to give a definite rating since he was asked to leave the sideline in the 51st minute after disputing a call by the referee. Regardless, he gave the blue print for a flowing attack with the 4-2-3-1 formation.