The Boys In Blue were hoping for another last-minute miracle against regional foe Inter Nashville FC (5W-4T-1L), but in the end, the miracle never materialized and CFC (4-4-2) fell to the Antioch-based league new comer 2-1. The match took place in front of a large contingency of Chattahooligan supporters with clear and sunny skies despite heavy thunderstorms earlier in the day. Nashville struck first with a goal in the 29th minute after a corner kick that was first headed away, but then fell to the feet of a Nashville player who emphatically put it in the back of the net. CFC would equalize just before halftime with a Danny Whitehall scorpion-kick golazo that very well might qualify as an NPSL Goal Of The Year candidate. (Click here to see Danny’s golazo, video courtesy of Mad Kemp).
Nashville would regain the lead in the 56th minute after a Nashville forward was slotted through to the area and found his teammate for a point-blank tap in. Shortly after, in the 64th minute, CFC was able to put the ball in the net after a loose-ball scramble in the Nashville goalmouth. However, after several moments of uncertainly on the field and in the stands, the goal was disallowed and Nashville was awarded a free kick in the area of the goal mouth scramble. From there, the match turned more contentious and physical for both sides. Despite a barrage of last-gasp attempts on the relatively small pitch in the waning minutes of the match, Nashville’s defense held strong until the final whistle after nearly 6 minutes of stoppage time.
The loss means that New Orleans (6-4-0) and Knoxville (7-2-2) remain in the driver seats for the West division and East divisions of the Southeast Conference, respectively. CFC are still in the playoff hunt, contingent upon strong showings in their final two league matches against Georgia Revolution (0-3-7) and FC Carolina (1-3-7).
Chattanooga’s next match is Tuesday, July 4 in Finley Stadium vs Georgia Revolution. Tickets available at https://shop.chattanoogafc.com/collections/matchtickets.