Chattanooga FC clinches NISA regular-season title

Staff file photo by Patrick MacCoon / Chattanooga FC keeper Jean Antoine, in yellow, has backed a defense with 14 clean sheets this season on the way to the NISA regular-season championship.
Staff file photo by Patrick MacCoon / Chattanooga FC keeper Jean Antoine, in yellow, has backed a defense with 14 clean sheets this season on the way to the NISA regular-season championship.

The Chattanooga Football Club picked up its 14th win and clean sheet of the season in league play with Saturday night's 2-0 victory against Flower City Union in Rochester, New York.

Markus Naglestad also scored his 14th goal of the season for the regular-season champions of the National Independent Soccer Association.

Chattanooga FC (14-1-7, 49 points) has clinched a playoff bye into the NISA semifinals and will host in that round at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5 at Finley Stadium.

CFC broke through in the 50th minute against Flower City. Naglestad dished off a pass inside the box to Mutaya Mwape, whose sizzling shot bounced off the keeper's hands and right to Naglestad, who sent the rebound to the back left corner of the net.

Luis Garcia-Sosa added insurance with a perfectly placed left-footed shot that sailed over the keeper's head and into the center of the goal in the 75th minute.

Flower City (8-13-3) did not score against CFC while allowing a combined four goals in four meetings this year. Coach Rod Underwood's club has outscored NISA opponents 38-9 in 2023.

Only two games remain in the regular season for CFC, which will face the Savannah Clovers at 7 p.m. next Saturday in Richmond Hill, Georgia, then host Club De Lyon at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

Compiled by Patrick MacCoon. Contact him at pmaccoon@timesfreepress.com.