Area sports notes: Chattanooga FC will host Revolution in semifinal

Area sports notes: Chattanooga FC will host Revolution in semifinal

July 11th, 2018 by Staff Reports in Sports - Golf

Defending champion Ashley Gilliam of Manchester took a four-stroke lead Tuesday in the first round of the 2018 Tennessee Girls' Junior Amateur golf tournament at Murfreesboro.

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The Georgia Revolution will be the visiting opponent for the top-seeded Chattanooga Football Club men's team in a National Premier Soccer League Southeast Conference semifinal Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Finley Stadium. The Revolution upset the third-seeded New Orleans Jesters on Tuesday, 3-2, while Asheville City SC was topping Inter Nashville FC 3-1 and earning a semifinal visit to the Atlanta Silverbacks. The final will be Saturday at the higher remaining seed. The Revolution won 4-2 at Chattanooga on June 23 but lost 3-0 in the rematch in Georgia last Friday. The Chattanooga FC women, meanwhile, are hosting the WPSL South Region final four this weekend and will play Pensacola FC at 7:30 p.m. Friday with Oak City United facing the Florida Gulf Coast Dutch Lions at 10 a.m. Saturday and the winners meeting Sunday at Finley. Oak City (4-4-1) is from the Carolinas Conference, the Dutch Lions (5-1-1) from the Sunshine Conference and Pensacola (6-0-1) from the Gulf Conference. CFC (8-1) won the Southeast Conference.

' The 25th season of Covenant College women's soccer, all with former Covenant men's standout Mark Duble as coach, is scheduled to begin Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 in Pennsylvania against Messiah and then Franklin & Marshall. Messiah finished the 2017 season ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division III. Covenant, which was 11-7-1 last year and has an all-time winning percentage of .609 with 12 conference championships, plays at Birmingham-Southern on Sept. 7 but will be home against Sewanee on Sept. 12 and Transylvania on Sept. 15 (homecoming) and then visit Berry on Sept. 18. The Lady Scots will begin USA South play Sept. 22 at Agnes Scott and will entertain Piedmont in their conference home opener on Sept. 26. They also will host Berea on Oct. 9, Huntingdon on Oct. 12 and LaGrange on Oct. 13.

' Another former Covenant player, Scott Bosgraf, is set to begin his second season as men's coach at his alma mater on Aug. 31 at home on Lookout Mountain in the David Taaffe Invitational against former NAIA league rival Tennessee Wesleyan. Covenant will host Millsaps the next day and then play Sept. 4 at Sewanee, Sept. 8 in Atlanta against Texas team Mary Hardin-Baylor and Sept. 11 in its USA South opener at Maryville. The Scots will host Birmingham-Southern and Brevard on homecoming weekend, Sept. 14-15, and will be at home also for league matches Sept. 21 against Averett, Sept. 22 against Greensboro and Sept. 26 against LaGrange. Their only October games at Scotland Yard will be against Berry on Oct. 2, Huntingdon on Oct. 19 and William Peace on Oct. 20.

Golf

' Defending champion Ashley Gilliam of Manchester jumped to a four-stroke lead through the first round of the Tennessee Girls' Junior Amateur golf tournament in Murfreesboro, and Cleveland resident Hannah Nall is tied for third place. Gilliam, a Tullahoma High School senior who has committed to Mississippi State University and who has qualified for the U.S. Girls' Junior and the U.S. Women's Amateur, shot a bogey-free 5-under-par 67 Tuesday on the Old Fort course. McKinley Cunningham of Clarksville was second Tuesday at 71, and Nall, Angelina Chan of Franklin and Kara Carter of Kingsport were next with 74s. Lindsey Hollis of Signal Mountain was tied for sixth at 76, Rheagan Hall of Charleston was tied for 12th at 79 and Preslee Yoder of Chattanooga was tied for 22nd at 83.

Academics

' UTC's 161 athletes on the 2017-18 Southern Conference honor roll included a school-record 26 with 4.0 grade point averages for the year: Alphonso Stewart, Lucas Webb, Dylan Brewster, Mark Britt, Jacob Etheridge, Ryan Gebelein, Luke Plaisted, Morgan Kazerooni, Aly Ford, Megan Kaufman, Julia Henderson, Haley Morris, Sophia Neglia, Holly Morgan, Megan Woods, Amber Brayer, Masey Fox, Molli Miller, Jordan Mueller, Emma Van Hee, Abigail Bateman, Mercedes Bright, Jessica York, Justin George, Jacob Huffine and Chad Pyke.