Chattanooga, TN. – Chattanooga Football Club defeated CF Monterrey Rayados U20 from Monterrey, Mexico in a back and forth match. Monterrey has been traveling and playing matches in the United States over the last few days in preparation for their upcoming season. This was the first loss for the club during the tour.
Chattanooga FC used this exhibition as a way to give a couple starters some rest and was able to test the depth of the bench. In the second minute of play, Chattanooga FC’s forward Robbie Hill received a ball from Mark Beattie, turned at the corner of the box and curved the ball into the left upper corner of Monterrey’s net.
“It’s about being in the right place at the right time,” commented Hill after the match. “I hit it well and it just found the net.”
Possession was fairly equal between the two sides for much of the first half. In the 34th minute, Monterrey pressured Chattanooga FC’s box and Ricardo Martínez hit a close shot blocked by Chattanooga FC keeper, Ryan Peck. The blocked ball fell right at Guillermo Madrigal’s feet and equalized the score. The score remained 1-1 going into halftime.
In the 59th minute, Monterrey capitalized on a foul called on Chattanooga FC’s defender Andy Stewart after he fouled a player dribbling in the box. Roger Llergo scored the penalty kick for Monterrey, making the score 2-1.
Just a few minutes later, Chattanooga FC made six substitutions, allowing much of their bench a chance to play against the visiting Monterrey team. In the 76th minute, following a defensive mistake made by Monterrey, Chattanooga FC’s midfielder, Phil Beene, finished a ball after watching his teammates fight to win the ball bouncing around in the box.
Not even ten minutes later, Chattanooga FC’s outside midfielder, Tom Webster, won a ball passed across the box and slotted it into the far post to give Chattanooga FC the deciding goal for a 3-2 win.
Chattanooga FC will return to Finley Stadium this Saturday to play Georgia Revolution for the second time this season. Their first match ended in a 1-1 draw last Saturday in Atlanta. A win by Chattanooga will clinch the Southeast Conference title and will guarantee the team a spot in the NPSL semifinals.
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