With a NISA Independent Cup championship game berth already clinched, Chattanooga Football Club's chance add to its points at the top of the Southeast Region standings was rained out Saturday night in Columbia, South Carolina.
The scheduled showdown between two unbeatens, Chattanooga FC (2-0) and host Soda City FC (1-0-1), did not get underway. Play was suspended just after 8 p.m. with the Georgia Revolution and Savannah Clovers tied 1-1 at halftime in the first of two matches in what was to be the final leg of round-robin play for the four-team group.
The National Independent Soccer Association said it would provide an update later regarding the resumption of play for the first match and the rescheduling of the second match. CFC is set to host the championship match next Saturday at Finley Stadium, where the third and fourth seeds will also face off.
CFC earned convincing home victories over Georgia, 3-0, and Savannah, 3-1, in its first two matches this season at Finley the past two weekends. An attack paced by Brian Bement and Ian McGrath and a defense led by center back Erik Panzer has provided strong results as the club eyes its first championship of the restarted 2020 campaign amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The title match of the Independent Cup, a prelude to this year's NISA regular season, is still on schedule for 8 p.m. at Finley next Saturday, though subject to change based on what happens regarding the matches in Columbia.