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Jul 152017
 

Tony Judice celebrates after he scores the Jesters’ first and only goal in the 39 minute. The Jesters defeated the Atlanta Silverbacks 1-0 in the semifinal playoff game, advancing to the Conference championship match versus Inter Nashville FC on Saturday, July 15. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

The Jesters might just steal the crown if they can keep up the season-long winning streak against Nashville.

The undefeated New Orleans Jesters kicked off their first National Premier Soccer League tournament appearance with a 1-0 win against the Atlanta Silverbacks late Friday. The team now plays the Southeast Conference final against Interforce Nashville at 7 p.m. Saturday at Pan American Stadium.

The winner of that game will play Miami Fusion FC, the winner of the Sunshine Conference, in the South Region semifinal July 22. The higher seed will host.

Jesters forward Jon Evans knocks over Silverback’s forward Kentaro Takada in Friday’s match. The Jesters defeated the Atlanta Silverbacks 1-0 in the semifinal playoff game, advancing to the Conference championship match versus Inter Nashville FC on Saturday, July 15. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Jesters’ goal keeper Chad Collins catches a would-be goal against Atlanta in Friday’s match. The Jesters defeated the Atlanta Silverbacks 1-0 in the semifinal playoff game, advancing to the Conference championship match versus Inter Nashville FC on Saturday, July 15. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Mike Mann holds up a New Orleans Jesters scarf before their match. The Jesters defeated the Atlanta Silverbacks 1-0 in the semifinal playoff game, advancing to the Conference championship match versus Inter Nashville FC on Saturday, July 15. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

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Jesters players link arms with players and coaches of the De La Salle high school boys soccer team to honor former student and teammate Lee Castagne. Castagne, 17, was shot and killed shortly after graduating from De La Salle in May. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Mason Walsh, Jesters’ midfielder, dribbles past Silverback’s center midfielder Ricardo Oliveira during Friday’s match. The Jesters defeated the Atlanta Silverbacks 1-0 in the semifinal playoff game, advancing to the Conference championship match versus Inter Nashville FC on Saturday, July 15. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Jesters fans hung up a banner with Tony Judice on it at the top of the bleachers in Pan Am stadium before their playoff match against Atlanta. The Jesters defeated the Atlanta Silverbacks 1-0 in the semifinal playoff game, advancing to the Conference championship match versus Inter Nashville FC on Saturday, July 15. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Duncan Mantooth celebrates the jesters’ victory. The Jesters defeated the Atlanta Silverbacks 1-0 in the semifinal playoff game, advancing to the Conference championship match versus Inter Nashville FC on Saturday, July 15. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Jesters’ midfielder Chase Rushing collides with Silverbacks’ midfielder/wing Mitch Garcia during Friday’s match. The Jesters defeated the Atlanta Silverbacks 1-0 in the semifinal playoff game, advancing to the Conference championship match versus Inter Nashville FC on Saturday, July 15. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Friday’s match had a record attendance of 2,875 people, breaking the record set by the previous match last weekend. The Jesters defeated the Atlanta Silverbacks 1-0 in the semifinal playoff game, advancing to the Conference championship match versus Inter Nashville FC on Saturday, July 15. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

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