Chattanooga FC, Red Wolves cruise at home to continue unbeaten runs

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The Chattanooga Football Club extended its undefeated streak to 11 matches with a 3-0 win against the Maryland Bobcats on Saturday night at Finley Stadium.

Markus Naglestad, Greg Stratton and Taylor Gray scored first-half goals for Chattanooga FC, which improved to 10-2-3 overall this year and 9-1-3 in the National Independent Soccer Association's regular season. CFC leads the East Division standings with 30 points, seven ahead of the second-place Michigan Stars (6-3-5), who fell 1-0 to Cal United Strikers FC (10-1-1).

Maryland (5-5-3), which was coming off a win against Cal United, is third in the East with 18 points.

Cal United leads the West Division with 31 points, well ahead of second-place Bay Cities (4-5-3, 15 points), and will visit CFC at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

CFC has not lost since falling 1-0 to Flower City Union on April 30, going 10-0-2 and outscoring opponents 31-7 during a stretch that includes a win in the Independent Cup Southeast final. CFC's other loss this season was to Major League Soccer's Atlanta United FC in the U.S. Open Cup.

Red Wolves pile up goals

Rafael Mentzingen had two goals, and the Chattanooga Red Wolves kept up their recent solid play with a 5-1 win over the Greenville Triumph in a USL League One match at CHI Memorial Stadium in East Ridge.

Josue Cartagena, Jimmie Villalobos and Moe Espinoza also scored for the Red Wolves (8-9-4, 8-8-4 USL League One), who extended their unbeaten streak to five matches (3-0-2) and moved into third position in the league standings with 28 points.

Greenville, which had beaten Chattanooga 1-0 twice this season, dropped to 9-6-5 and was knocked from first place as the Richmond Kickers (10-6-4, 34 points) won 3-1 against FC Tucson. Greenville is four points ahead of the Red Wolves.

Chattanooga's season continues next Saturday with an 8 p.m. match against Forward Madison in Wisconsin.

Compiled by Gene Henley. Contact him at ghenley@timesfreepress.com.