Tonight’s match between Chattanooga FC and NY Cosmos was a night of firsts, although it started as many CFC matches have over the past year— in the rain. A one hour lightning delay welcomed just under a thousand fans back to “Fort” Finley Stadium, the first time fans have been back this year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Once the match began, Cosmos flexed their muscles early, creating several opportunities for themselves while stifling the home team’s attack. In the 37th minute, Cosmos broke through: Charlie Ledula sent a cross from the right side that CFC keeper Alec Redington blocked, but left the ball loose for the taking. Geo Alves pounced and sent the ball into the net, giving the visiting side a 1-0 lead.
The one goal lead held until late in the second half, when CFC striker Darwin Lom was tripped up on the left side of the box by two Cosmos defenders in the 76th minute, earning a penalty. Cosmos’ keeper Jesse Corke blocked the first attempt, but came off his line early, giving the home team another opportunity. Lom sent a powerful shot into the right side of goal, bringing the scoreline even, 1-1.
Just 12 minutes later, midfielder Clayton Adams capitalized on his fresh legs, charging into the Cosmos side, grabbing the ball, and firing an indefensible rocket of a shot into the upper left corner, giving Adams his first professional goal, and CFC the lead 2-1. The scoreline held, and Chattanooga FC earned its first ever win over the Cosmos in team history. The result sends CFC into second place in the NISA standings with a 2-1-0 record, just two points behind league leading Michigan Stars. It also marks the first loss of the season for NY Cosmos, whose record now stands at 1-1-2.
Chattanooga FC has a chance to take first place at home this Wednesday, September 16th, against New Amsterdam FC.