NightWatch at Sol
Final Score: Sol 37, NightWatch 25
What It Means: Nashville (1-6) drops its second straight to Austin and heads to Dallas for a matchup against the division leader. Justin Moore (6 goals) and Player Pierce (6 assists) led the Nashville attack, which was unable to keep pace with Austin’s.
3rd star: Justin Moore’s 6 goals paced the NightWatch and he was a frequent threat on offense, with 20 catches on the evening.
2nd star: Jake Wright put up 5 goals to go along with 4 assists and continues to fill up the stat sheet this year.
1st star: With 6 assists, 52 completions, and 48 catches, Player Pierce earned the top spot in tonight’s Starwatch. The offensive rhythm and tempo was set by Pierce.
Why It Happened: The game started with a 3-0 run by the Sol and Austin never looked back. A shaky defensive effort on the Nashville end led to a whopping 37 Sol scores, with Austin putting up at least 8 scores in each quarter.
Key Stat: 7
The NightWatch gave up runs of 3-0 and 4-0 to start off each half. All told, Austin scored 7 unanswered points to get Nashville reeling early rather than allow the NightWatch to build any momentum.
NightWatch at Dallas
Final Score: Roughnecks 33, NightWatch 15
What It Means: Nashville (1-7) continues to free fall after starting the year 1-2. Since Week 3’s win against Atlanta in overtime, the NightWatch have dropped 5 straight and sit a game back of Charlotte in the South division.
3rd star: Tom Radcliffe put up solid stats (2 goals, 2 assists) on a rather lackluster day for Nashville, which managed only 15 points against the Roughnecks defense.
2nd star: Player Pierce (2 goals, 2 assists, 50 completions) shows up yet again, driving the offense and setting up passes all over the field.
1st star: Dan Chazin, with his 5 assists, checked in on a third of the total Nashville score. He has proven throughout the season one of Nashville’s most capable and reliable handling options.
Why It Happened: Dallas, as one of the league’s 3 remaining undefeated teams, registers as the team to beat in the South. It’s no real surprise that the South’s 1st place team took the last place team to task Sunday, with the Roughnecks scoring early and often. It’s the 2nd straight game that Nashville has allowed 30 points and their -59 point differential is the 2nd worst in the AUDL.
Key Stat: -6
In the 2nd and 4th quarters, the scoring differential which led to the uneven final margin. Nashville hung with Dallas in the 1 st , going into quarter number two down 3 scores, but was outscored by 6 in the 2nd and again in the 4th to lose by a total of 18 points. It was a rough game against the team many are calling the favorites to win the AUDL this year.