Alun Webb’s head was buzzing, as was the crowd inside Finley Stadium, after the Chattanooga Football Club striker ended a scoreless tie in the 46th minute as postseason play began Friday night.
Gabriel Torres hustled down the left sideline and floated a perfect cross, as he slid across the goal line, to Webb, who got on the back side of the defense and the Inter Nashville FC keeper for an easy header.
All the pent-up frustration from a red card allotted to Chattanooga FC’s Mason Walsh was let out as the crowd of 3,092 erupted for what turned out to be the game-winning goal.
Despite being down a man the second half, Chattanooga advanced to the National Premier Soccer League Southeast Conference final with a 3-0 statement shutout of Inter Nashville. CFC will face Asheville City SC at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in search of its eighth conference tournament title.
“The crowd is unbelievable,” Webb said. “It was difficult to lose a player like that. But we all rallied around one another. It was an unbelievable cross. I am not renowned for my headers. Gabby put in all the work, and I had to put it in. It was a great moment for everyone.”
Everson Lima also provided a standout effort on the offensive end, and his deflected shot bounced right in front of the goal out of the defense’s reach as CFC’s leading scorer, Zeca Ferraz, came in to finish off for a 2-0 lead in the 51st minute.
Once again, the score provided chill bumps for those in blue in the crowd and on the field.