Chattanooga FC fell short against Knoxville’s Tennessee Force FC on Wednesday night. The women fought hard but ultimately were unable to get the best of the visitors.
Randy Douglas made six changes to his side following Saturday’s defeat to Alabama FC. Kailey Burrell got the nod to start up front alongside last weekend’s goal scorer and woman of the match Jacqueline Montes. Vanessa Lara was chosen to anchor the midfield with regulars Jasmine Marquez, Isabel Aguilar, and Sierra Ruetten in front of her. The defense got a major shakeup with Nathaly Villalobos returning from a red card suspension alongside Rocio Carrizales, Avery Catlet, and captain Anna Lanter. Caroline Johnson started between the sticks to round out a solid starting eleven.
Chattanooga FC started with intent, not shy to take shots on the opposition goal. The Force pressed high up the field, not allowing Chattanooga to enjoy time on the ball.
The deadlock was broken in the 31st minute by the Tennessee Force. A Force forward received the ball near the touchline and dribbled her way into the box before sliding the ball past Caroline Johnson into the far corner.
Chattanooga’s fortunes worsened in the 38th minute as a through ball sent another Force forward into acres of space. Johnson prevented the player from dribbling around her but couldn’t get her hands on the follow up as the Force went up 2-0 before the half.
After the break, the women of Chattanooga fired off five unanswered shots in an attempt to pull back a goal and bring balance to the Force. However, the Force weathered the storm and began to flip the field.
In the 58th minute, the Force added to their tally as a forward got behind the defense and slammed a ball at the keep who couldn’t deflect the ball out.
The Force continued to find cracks in the Chattanooga defense, but Chattanooga held firm for the rest of the match, even testing the opposition keeper a few times. Caroline Johnson had several claims and saves that kept the score in check. However, the score ultimately ended 3-0.
Despite the final score, Chattanooga had many bright moments. Stunning shots that forced Ole Miss goalkeeper commit Addison Yelton into saves, brilliant defensive tackles that brought cheers from the crowd, and moments of skill that bamboozled the opposition defense all highlighted a Chattanooga team that is learning and growing together in their first season back together.
The women next take the field on Friday, June 24th as they host Nashville Rhythm FC in the home finale
About Chattanooga Football Club
Chattanooga Football Club was founded in 2009 with a Men's team and established a Women's team in 2013 to begin play 2014. In its most recent season of 2018, CFC Women went undefeated in the regular season to become the WPSL’s Southeast Conference Champions. The Women's team went on hiatus for three years during a club reorganization and during the pandemic. Chattanooga Football Club became the first soccer club to offer true ownership to the fans in 2019 with 3,200+ investors from Chattanooga, all 50 states, and 31 countries.
About the Women’s Premier Soccer League
In its 24th season, the WPSL is the longest active women’s soccer league and with more than 125 clubs from coast to coast in 35 states and, serves as the largest women’s soccer league in the world. WPSL rosters feature elite collegiate, post-collegiate, international, and standout prep student-athletes. Many of the United States’ most accomplished women’s players have played in the WPSL, including household names such as Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe, Julie Foudy, and Brandi Chastain.