Road loss ends Chattanooga FC’s unbeaten streak after 26 NISA regular-season matches

Staff file photo by Patrick MacCoon / The Chattanooga Football Club's unbeaten streak in the NISA regular season, a run of 26 matches dating to August 2022, ended with a road loss to the Los Angeles Force on Wednesday night.
Staff file photo by Patrick MacCoon / The Chattanooga Football Club's unbeaten streak in the NISA regular season, a run of 26 matches dating to August 2022, ended with a road loss to the Los Angeles Force on Wednesday night.

For the first time since Aug. 14, 2022 — a span of 389 days — the Chattanooga Football Club has lost a National Independent Soccer Association regular-season match.

Francis Avoce scored the tying goal in the 80th minute and converted a penalty kick in stoppage time to lift the Los Angeles Force to a 2-1 home win over league-leading Chattanooga FC on Wednesday night.

CFC's unbeaten streak of 26 regular-season matches, which dated to last year's 3-0 road loss to the Syracuse Pulse, came to an end despite Mutaya Mwape providing the game's first goal in the 67th minute.

The most recent loss for CFC to a league foe had been in the postseason, with the Michigan Stars winning 1-0 in a NISA semifinal last Oct. 30 at Finley Stadium.

CFC (12-1-5) is still in a comfortable spot atop the NISA table at 41 points — the Force (9-5-4) moved into second place with 31 points — and will remain in California to face fourth-place Albion San Diego (8-4-5) at 8 p.m. Eastern on Sunday.

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

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