Felipe Oliveira stands out in 9-0 Chattanooga FC win; Red Wolves lose on road

Felipe Oliveira stands out in 9-0 Chattanooga FC win; Red Wolves lose on road

April 28th, 2019 by Patrick MacCoon in Sports - Professional

Chattanooga FC's man of the match, Felipe Oliveira, second from left, celebrates with teammates after a 9-0 exhibition win over AFC Mobile. Oliveira scored twice and assisted on another goal Saturday night at Finley Stadium.

Photo by Patrick MacCoon

Felipe Oliveira will always remember the night the Chattanooga Football Club defeated AFC Mobile 9-0, albeit in an exhibition match.

In front of 3,827 fans at Finley Stadium, Oliveira had his way offensively in the soccer rout with goals in the 33rd and 45th minutes.

The heads-up attacker also laid in a beautiful touch to the left post that Max Wilschrey slid in the netting to tie a record for most goals in a single match in club history.

"This was the first game my mom has ever been able to come watch me play in Chattanooga," said Oliveira, a third-year CFC standout who was named the MoonPie man of the match. "I ran to her after both goals. I went up to her and told her I loved her each time. It's always special to score in front of our fans, but having her here made it even more special."

CFC was masterful with the ball as a relentless attack opened the floodgates with four first-half goals and then one-upped that total in the second.

Wilschrey scored twice as a second-half substitution, while other goals came from Joao Costa, Jordan Dunstan, Soren Yuhaschek, Dominique Marvens and Caleb Cole.

Oliveira played the entire match and was a thrill for coach Bill Elliott to watch.

"Opponents don't want him to enjoy his night because when he is in the moment he can really shine," said Elliott, who was Oliveira's coach for four seasons (2012-15) at the University of West Florida. "I am happy to see him have the success he did and make a neat memory."

With four National Premier Soccer League national championship appearances in the past nine seasons, CFC believes another magical season could be in store.

Oliveira hopes the offensive firepower the club saw against its Gulf Coast Premier League opposition can be a sign of good things to come.

"This team and club is special," Oliveira said after signing two T-shirts for fans. "Bill used to show me pictures and videos of CFC when I was playing for him in college. Playing here means everything to me. I have been following this club since I was 18 years old. I always wished I could be in this spot. It's a dream come true."

CFC will host its final preseason match against Bugeaters FC from Nebraska next Saturday at 7:30 p.m. as its final tune-up before traveling to Inter Nashville FC for the regular-season NPSL opener on May 11.

Red Wolves fall 1-0

Chattanooga Red Wolves SC fell on the road to the Richmond (Virginia) Kickers, 1-0, as Richmond Gallardo's score in the 52nd minute provided the difference.

Keeper Alex Mangels performed well in the defeat and made a highlight-reel-worthy diving punch to stop a dangerous free kick in the first half. The Kickers improved to 2-2-1 in the USL League One standings.

The Red Wolves (2-3) will have a short week before they travel to take on Orlando City B on Friday.

Contact Patrick MacCoon at pmaccoon@timesfreepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @PMacCoon.


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