In many ways, Everson Lima’s goal came at the perfect time.
On the eve of his 32nd birthday, the Chattanooga Football Club defender scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal, heading in a Juan Hernandez pass in the 51st minute of a 2-1 win over Greenville FC on Saturday night in front of 3,524 at Finley Stadium.
Lima’s first goal of the season — after a number of close opportunities throughout the year — helped CFC keep pace with league-leading New Orleans. The Jesters won 3-1 Friday night and have 23 points in their 12 matches for a 1.92-per-match average. CFC has 21 points in 11 matches for 1.91 per match.
“I feel lucky to have scored,” Lima said through teammate and translator Jose Ferraz. “I’ve been chasing it; I asked God and prayed a lot of times for this moment to happen, and I couldn’t have asked to score in a better place than in front of the fans that sang ‘Happy Birthday’ and supported me all the time.