Despite the distraction of the match’s delayed start time, the Chattanooga FC Women took care of business at Finley Stadium on Sunday, as they defeated Peachtree City MOBA for the second time this season. Similar to the result of the match just a couple weeks ago in Atlanta, the CFC Women were able to finish twice, as well as record their fourth shutout of the season. Carlie Banks (#11) was able to find the back of the net in the first half, and Caitlin Hayes (#5) was able to add to the tally midway through the second half. C. Morché (#0) did what was necessary to keep Peachtree City MOBA scoreless.

It wasn’t even a minute into the match when Sam Debien (#8) found herself in a promising area. Despite getting into that space, Debien was unable to put her shot on frame. In the 8th minute, Hayes nearly found the back of the net with her head, but the goalkeeper made a big save. Chattanooga looked dangerous early on.

It wasn’t until the 28th minute that the CFC Women broke the deadlock, as a ball out of the backline played by Hayes was flicked by Summer Lanter (#14) to a running Banks. Banks, though 35 yards out, recognized that the PTC goalkeeper was in a bad position. Banks put her head down and lobbed the goalkeeper from a mile out to give the CFC Women the upper hand midway through the first half.

In the 32nd minute, Maddie Ricketts (#9) got into the midfield area and played S. Lanter. Her speed posing a real threat, S. Lanter did what she’s done multiple times this season. She cut onto her right foot and switched the ball across to Ashleigh Cade (#15). A couple step-overs from Cade opened up space on her left foot, and she attempted to bend the ball around the goalkeeper into the far corner. The ball went just wide.

The Chattanooga FC Women took their one goal advantage into halftime. CFCW controlled the majority of possession and had the best chances throughout the course of the first half, and they looked to replicate that as they moved into the second half of action.

The second half opened up a bit slower for the CFC Women than the first half began. Other than a counter attack in the 55th minute led by Mai Sakuma (#34), the CFC Women really got their first good look at goal from a set piece in the 58th minute. Once again, Cade’s delivery found the head of Hayes, and she took full advantage of this opportunity. Hayes’ headed the ball down and towards the back post. Despite multiple PTC players barricading the goal line, the ball struck the inside edge of the post and found the back of the net, extending CFCW’s lead to 2-0.

Peachtree City had one quality opportunity in the 69th minute. The PTC attacker was able to place a well-struck volley on target from the edge of the six-yard box. C. Morché, who has been up to the task consistently throughout the course of the season, saved the shot with an outstretched right hand to preserve CFC Women’s two-goal advantage.

After Hayes put away the second goal, the CFC Women were content with sitting back a bit to find more time on the ball. After a two-game weekend, tired legs were evident, so holding possession was necessary. Late possession helped the CFC Women burn the last 30 minutes of the match away. Additionally, the entire CFCW squad defended well in the closing minutes, securing the shutout win at home.

In Chattanooga FC Women’s perfect, 2018 conference campaign, the squad has scored nine goals while only conceding one. They look to continue on that track in their three remaining conference matches.

CFC Women’s win on Sunday eliminated three Southeast Conference opponents from the conference title race: namely, Nashville Rhythm FC, Emerald Force FC, and PTC MOBA. The only club that has a shot at the Chattanooga FC Women is the Memphis Lobos. On Sunday, June 24th, the Chattanooga FC Women will pack their bags for Memphis for a match that could potentially earn them a conference championship. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 PM EST.

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