Chattanooga Red Wolves pick up first win under new interim head coach

Staff file photo by Olivia Ross / Richard Renteria had the tying score to help the Chattanooga Red Wolves overcome a two-goal deficit to win 3-2 against the Richmond Kickers on Saturday night at CHI Memorial Stadium in East Ridge.
Staff file photo by Olivia Ross / Richard Renteria had the tying score to help the Chattanooga Red Wolves overcome a two-goal deficit to win 3-2 against the Richmond Kickers on Saturday night at CHI Memorial Stadium in East Ridge.

The Chattanooga Red Wolves picked up their first win under interim head coach Scott Mackenzie, rallying to defeat the Richmond Kickers 3-2 in a USL League One match Saturday night at CHI Memorial Stadium in East Ridge.

Chattanooga's goals came from Ropapa Mensah, Richard Renteria and Chevone Marsh, with the latter's left-footed shot in the 78th minute sliding through the net and proving to be the winning score. Richmond scored late in the first half and early in the second to build a 2-0 lead, with Mensah answering in the 56th minute and Renteria pulling the hosts even in the 72nd.

The Red Wolves won for the first time since their 3-2 road victory against One Knoxville on July 22, with two losses and a draw in the three matches since then before Saturday's triumph.

Chattanooga (5-12-5) was playing its third match under Mackenzie, who took over at the end of last month when another interim head coach, Jimmy Weekley, had to turn over the duties for health reasons.

With 20 points, the Red Wolves have moved out of last place in the USL League One standings, three clear of Central Valley Fuego FC (5-14-2).

Richmond (6-8-9) is ninth with 27 points.

The Red Wolves return to competition at 8 p.m. Eastern next Saturday against second-place Union Omaha (9-5-8) in Nebraska.

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

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