Chattanooga Red Wolves win as attack stays hot at home

Staff file photo by Olivia Ross / Nicolas Cardona scored in his second straight home match at CHI Memorial Stadium, where the Chattanooga Red Wolves have 10 goals over their last three games. Chattanooga defeated Forward Madison 3-1 on Saturday night in East Ridge.
Staff file photo by Olivia Ross / Nicolas Cardona scored in his second straight home match at CHI Memorial Stadium, where the Chattanooga Red Wolves have 10 goals over their last three games. Chattanooga defeated Forward Madison 3-1 on Saturday night in East Ridge.

In three home games under interim coach Scott MacKenzie, the Chattanooga Red Wolves have produced a high-scoring attack at CHI Memorial Stadium.

Saturday night in East Ridge, the Red Wolves used a 12-0 shot advantage in the second half to land a 3-1 comeback victory over Forward Madison in a USL League One match.

Nicolas Cardona scored the tying goal in the 45th minute, Mekeil Williams put the hosts ahead in the 65th and Marios Lomis provided extra cushion in the 78th.

Chattanooga (6-14-6, 24 points) has scored 10 goals over its last three matches at home, reeling off 49 shots (19 on target) in that span to produce two wins and a tie. The hot stretch has provided 28% of the goals scored by the Red Wolves this season.

Although they remain 11th in the 12-team league standings, the Red Wolves continue to put distance between themselves and last place.

Forward Madison (10-9-7), which scored in the eighth minute, was outshot 18-10. The Wisconsin club is just inside the cutline for the playoffs, at sixth place, as the regular season enters its final six weeks.

Six matches remain on the schedule for Chattanooga, which heads to North Carolina to face the Charlotte Independence at 7 p.m. next Saturday. The next home match for the Red Wolves is against Union Omaha at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 16.

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