Chattanooga FC wraps up week on the West Coast

Staff photo by Patrick MacCoon / Chattanooga FC captain Richard Dixon makes a play on the ball during a 3-0 victory over Gold Star FC Detroit on April 1 at Finley Stadium.
Staff photo by Patrick MacCoon / Chattanooga FC captain Richard Dixon makes a play on the ball during a 3-0 victory over Gold Star FC Detroit on April 1 at Finley Stadium.

The Chattanooga Football Club concluded a week on the West Coast with Sunday's scoreless draw at Albion San Diego.

Chattanooga FC was in California for its second straight National Independent Soccer Association match, having lost 2-1 to the Los Angeles Force on Wednesday, which ended CFC's streak of regular-season league matches without a loss at 26.

CFC started a new streak Sunday and made sure it left the Golden State with at least one more point in the NISA standings, but the visitors surely would have preferred a victory.

Alex McGrath nearly scored in the 25th minute for CFC, but his line-drive strike, a straight-on shot from 25 yards out, was halted when the San Diego keeper made an impressive leaping grab.

Jean Antoine was stellar in goal with his 12th shutout of the year to help CFC improve to 12-1-6. Coach Rod Underwood's club now has 42 points, which is 11 more than the second-place Force with five regular-season games remaining for CFC.

San Diego (8-4-6) jumped into third place in the nine-team league standings, above the Maryland Bobcats and Michigan Stars, after all three had 29 points heading into Sunday.

CFC will play four of its last five matches of the regular season on the road, including against Georgia's Savannah Clovers (2-10-5) at 7 p.m. Saturday.

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