Chattanooga Red Wolves let three points slip away on the road

Chattanooga Red Wolves let three points slip away on the road

July 10th, 2019 by Patrick MacCoon in Sports - Professional

The Chattanooga Red Wolves earned at least one point in the USL League One standings for the seventh straight match, but a disappointment on defense late in Wednesday's game against Orlando City B led to a 1-1 draw, squandering a chance for a victory worth three points.

Orlando (3-9-4) ended a four-game losing streak with a stoppage-time goal despite being down a man since the 87th minute at Montverde (Florida) Academy. The tying goal was scored by forward Tresor Mbuyu in the 91st minute.

Chattanooga (6-4-5) scored in the 13th minute, when left back Vangjel Zguro launched a pass down the left sideline to Sito Seoane, who noticed the keeper well off his line, took a quick touch and spun a chip shot from more than 20 yards away to the back right of the net. Zguro leads the team with five assists this season.

Ami Pineda then connected with Seoane for an apparent score, but an offside call negated the play that would have made it 2-0 in the 14th minute. Steven Beattie's cross leading to a goal in the 20th minute was called off for the same reason.

Chattanooga's Alex Mangels made an impressive save in the 59th minute, diving to his right to punch away a line-drive shot by Jordan Bender, and teammate Conor Doyle was credited with completing 97.8 percent of his passes and making six tackles in the match.

The Red Wolves dropped a spot to fourth in the 10-team league with the season past its halfway point, while Orlando moved up to ninth.

Chattanooga coach Tim Hankinson was honored as the league's coach of the month for June. The Red Wolves, 4-0-3 since losing on May 18, are at Forward Madison (Wisconsin) FC on Saturday for an 8 p.m. EDT kickoff.