Chattanooga FC wins at Savannah, closes in on playoff bye

Staff file photo by Patrick MacCoon / Chattanooga FC striker Markus Naglestad, center, scored as the team won 1-0 against the Savannah Clovers on Saturday in Georgia.
Staff file photo by Patrick MacCoon / Chattanooga FC striker Markus Naglestad, center, scored as the team won 1-0 against the Savannah Clovers on Saturday in Georgia.

The Chattanooga Football Club has moved a step closer to clinching the No. 1 seed for the National Independent Soccer Association playoffs.

Markus Naglestad scored in the 59th minute of Saturday's game against the host Savannah Clovers at Memorial Stadium, and first-place Chattanooga FC held from there for the 1-0 victory in Georgia and three more points in the NISA standings.

Naglestad's league-leading 13th goal of the season made up for his missed penalty kick a little more than 10 minutes earlier, and CFC keeper Jean Gamain Antoine had a save in the 90th minute to help make sure the visitors didn't have to settle for a tie and just one point.

CFC improved to 13-1-7 with its second straight win since a three-game lull of back-to-back ties and a loss.

Three regular-season dates remain for playoff-bound CFC, which can earn a bye and the No. 2 seed in the NISA quarterfinals with at least two more points, while three more points would secure the top spot in the bracket.

CFC returns to competition against the Flower City Union at 6 p.m. next Saturday in Rochester, New York, then will face Savannah again on Oct. 21 — this time at Wildcat Stadium in Richmond Hill, Georgia — and close the regular season at home on Oct. 25 as Club de Lyon visits Finley Stadium. All three of those opponents are in the bottom half of the nine-team standings.

Compiled by Marty Kirkland. Contact him at mkirkland@timesfreepress.com.