When the Chattanooga Football Club teams traveled to Knoxville for a doubleheader on May 31, the CFC women got a win that started their recent run of success and the CFC men showed their explosiveness with four goals in a 15-minute span to earn a win.
Both local groups hope to repeat those outcomes this evening. They host Knoxville in a doubleheader at Finley Stadium, starting with the women's match at 5.
It's the home finale for the CFC women, who have won four of their last five matches -- starting with their 2-1 win in Knoxville -- and are in first place in the Southeast Division of the Women's Premier Soccer League with a 4-3 record and a two-point lead over Mississippi Fuego FC.
"It is disappointing [to be wrapping up the home schedule], but this first season has been about trying to figure out the personnel we need and the style of play we can use to be competitive in this league," coach Patrick Winecoff said. "Before our last match against Knoxville, we changed our tempo and how we played, and it really showed. We only scored a couple of goals, but we deserved to score a couple because of how well we played."
The CFC men are 5-2-2 overall and lead their National Premier Soccer League division. At Knoxville they were tied for 54 minutes, but by the 70th minute they were comforably ahead off after goals by Luke Winter, John Carrier, Luis Trude and Chris Ochieng. The defense preserved the shutout.
The CFC men and the New Orleans Jesters both are 4-1-2 in the division, but CFC has a goal differential of eight compared to six for New Orleans.
"We want to score goals and win games," CFC men's coach Bill Elliott said. "Our objective every time out is to score two or more goals. We'd like to do it but can't always do it, so whether the goals come in bunches, come early in the match or late, we're happy either way."
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