Previous to this weekend, the Chattanooga FC Women managed to earn two conference wins at Finley Stadium, securing a top spot in the WPSL’s Southeast Conference Region. Yesterday, however, the CFC Women went on the road to Atlanta, Georgia to face Peachtree City FC MOBA in their opening road match. The CFC Women were up to the task, earning their third consecutive win and collecting three more invaluable points. The attacking prowess of both Carlie Banks (#11) and Summer Lanter (#14) resulted in two goals on the evening, while Cosette Morché (#0) and her back line earned the club’s second clean sheet of the season.

A CFC Women side who got off to a slow start last week against Nashville wasted no time this weekend against Peachtree City FC. In the 9th minute, Maddie Ricketts (#9) played S. Lanter into space on the left side. S. Lanter, recognizing a lack of opportunity on her side, cut inside and switched the ball to Sam Debien on the right flank (#8). Debien took a positive touch and delivered a ball to the back post. Banks, no stranger to scoring goals for the CFC Women, scored her second goal of her 2018 campaign, putting the ball past the Peachtree City FC goalkeeper. Reflecting on her second goal, Banks stated: “I just remember us being patient around the goal, finding Sam out wide, and her looking to cross it in. I spun out to get to the far post and got on the end of it to put it away. I went up for the header, and it ended up getting slightly deflected and hit off my chest and then I volleyed it in.” Banks’ early goal provided early momentum which led to multiple first half opportunities for the CFC Women.

Debien continued to be a threat four minutes after CFC Women’s go-ahead goal, delivering another cross into the box. Though not hit particularly well, the service found its way to the back side of the target, striking the back post. The CFC Women were unable to finish the rebound, and it was cleared away by the PTC back line. Aside from Bank’s early goal, this 13th minute opportunity was the CFC Women’s most-dangerous, first-half opportunity.

In the first half, the Peachtree City FC side was limited to two chances. In the 19th minute, a PTC FC attacker had a go from the edge of the 18-yard box that looked to be destined for the top corner. C. Morché had other things on her mind, and she made a diving save, parrying it wide of the frame. Ten minutes later in the 29th minute, C. Morché made another great save to hold the PTC Women scoreless. The CFC Women took a 1-0 lead into halftime.

While the vast majority of the first half was controlled by the CFC Women, Peachtree City FC came out of halftime flying. Though the CFC Women still had their fair share of second-half chances, PTC FC began to build some attacking looks of their own, something they certainly lacked in the first half. In the 72nd minute, PTC FC had their best opportunity of the match. A PTC FC midfielder slipped her teammate through CFCW’s backline into a one-on-one situation with the goalkeeper. C. Morché did all she could by coming off her line and cutting down the striker’s angle. The resulting shot rolled just wide of the target, and the CFC Women retained their one-nil lead.

The Chattanoooga FC Women sealed the match in the 87th minute, when Carlie Banks beat PTC FC’s left back, and served a cross to the back post to S. Lanter, who readjusted her run nicely to fade off her defender’s back shoulder. S. Lanter headed the ball past the goalkeeper to give the CFC Women a comfortable, 2-0 lead. In the 94th minute, C. Morché managed a one-handed save to secure CFCW’s second clean sheet in three matches.

Though CFCW’s attack has been particularly efficient this season, their back line has been extremely focused and disciplined, only allowing one goal in three matches. C. Morché has led the squad defensively, coming up big on multiple occasions. Additionally, with both Caitlin Hayes (#5) and Jozy Morché (2) out of the lineup this weekend, Ricketts and Anna Lanter (#4) both played important parts in the group’s success.

S. Lanter is extremely optimistic about CFC Women’s season and believes that the squad is gelling at an appropriate time. “Every player, whether a starter, reserve, or practice player, is working hard, competing in practice, and buying into our goals we have set as a team. The dedication and the talent of each player has set us up perfectly for success together as a team.”

Chattanooga FC Women will look to capitalize on a bit of recovery time this week. On Friday, June 15th, the CFC Women will travel to Nashville to take on an agitated Nashville Rhythm side. The CFC Women will then face a quick turn-around when they will return to Finley Stadium for a rematch against Peachtree City FC on Sunday, June 17th at 6 PM EST.

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