The New Orleans Jesters completed a weekend sweep with a 5-1 victory over Nashville FC on Saturday night at Pan-American Stadium.
The win gave the Jesters 10 points through five games this season.
“I know we’ve got talent. They’re coming together and executing game plans very well,” Jesters coach Kenny Farrell said.
Reece Wilson was the star of the night for the Jesters, posting a hat trick by scoring goals in the seventh, 48th (on a penalty kick) and 72nd minutes. He also rang a shot off the crossbar in the 29th minute.
“He led the team great,” Farrell said. “His leadership on the field was superb. His finishing was excellent. Just a powerful overall performance on the field.”
Wilson’s first goal was his most important. He scored just two minutes after Nashville had taken the lead on a goal by Alan O’Connor.
“We got the first goal back relatively quickly,” Wilson said. “Before you knew it, we took over. ... I felt we took over with our fitness. We worked harder than them. And we didn’t give them a chance to get on the ball and do anything.”
The Jesters took the lead in the 23rd on a goal by Phil Dean. Keeper Andrew Tarbell made a save and then threw a long toss to Dean, who took it the rest of the field and sent it to the back of the net.
“I’ve always had a good arm,” Tarbell said. “Early in a game when a team doesn’t expect it, I’ll try to fire one over the top and catch them off guard. Works probably one in a hundred times, and tonight it paid off.”