“Beattie saw that the defense was sagging and played a wonderful ball over their heads and somehow I was able to connect with it and score the goal. I didn’t think I would even get to the pass, but sometimes when you make a hard run to goal you get rewarded.”
Mark Sherrod, Chattanooga FC Forward
For the second time in one week, Chattanooga Football Club defeated Rocket City United, 2-0, in an important NPSL Southeast Conference match. With the win, Chattanooga takes over first place in the conference.
Getting off to a slow and tentative start, Rocket City United and Chattanooga FC tried to acclimate themselves to the wet turf at Finley Stadium. The first half was littered with missed opportunities by both clubs. Both goalies, Thomas Hunter (Chattanooga) and Tyler Early (Rocket City) kept their respective teams in the game after numerous scoring chances from the opposing side.
Much to the delight of the faithful Chattahooligans, Chattanooga FC scored the first goal of the match in the 47th minute on a sensational diving header by forward Mark Sherrod. Mark Beattie, Chattanooga’s right midfielder, played a beautiful ball from well outside the box to the Rocket City net and Mark dove, “like a dog jumping to catch a Frisbee,” as one fan mentioned, to knock the ball to the back of the net.
“Beattie saw that the defense was sagging and played a wonderful ball over their heads and somehow I was able to connect with it and score the goal,” said Sherrod after the match. “I didn’t think I would even get to the pass, but sometimes when you make a hard run to goal you get rewarded.”
Chris Ochieng, Chattanooga’s Kenyan forward, added another goal in the 62nd minute by out muscling his Rocket City defender on a long pass and blasting a shot past the keeper for a 2-0 lead.
Chattanooga FC has a critical regular season match against the Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves next week Saturday at Finley Stadium at 7PM. The winner of the match will be in sole control of first place for the rest of the season.
“We always have an exciting match when Atlanta comes to town,” said Chattanooga GM Sean McDaniel. “It will certainly be a game people shouldn’t miss.”
Looking to Independence Day, Chattanooga FC will be playing host to CF Monterrey Rayados from Mexico. The match is at 7PM on July 4th at Finley Stadium. Tickets are $12 pregame and $16 at the gate.