The Chattanooga Red Wolves beat North Carolina FC 3-1 on Saturday night at CHI Memorial Stadium in East Ridge, earning three points to return to sole possession of first place in the USL League One standings.
The Red Wolves (10-2-10) have 40 points, with Union Omaha (10-2-7) in second place and the Greenville Triumph SC in third with 30 as the season approaches its final month.
Against North Carolina (5-12-4), the Red Wolves went up 2-0 on goals by Jonathan Ricketts in the 52nd minute and Juan Galindrez in the 58th — with assists by Marky Hernandez and Ricky Ruiz, respectively — and when North Carolina's Luis Arriaga scored in the 69th minute, Hernandez answered one minute later to keep things safe.
Chattanooga's next match is also at home, at 7 p.m. next Saturday against the New England Revolution II. The only other home match remaining on the schedule is Oct. 16 against Toronto FC II.
Tie for Chattanooga FC
The Chattanooga Football Club played San Diego 1904 FC to a 1-1 draw Saturday night at Finley Stadium.
Markus Nagelstad scored on an assist from Cutler Coleman in the closing moments only to see the visitors score prior to the finish. Chattanooga FC (2-4-1) earned a point in the National Independent Soccer Association fall standings, but so did 1904 FC (2-4-1), and the two are tied with eight points for eighth place in the 10-team league.
They'll get a quick rematch next Saturday in San Diego, with the first kick scheduled for 9 p.m. Eastern.
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