On Sunday, June 24th, the Chattanooga FC Women hit the road to Memphis to try to clinch the WPSL’s Southeast Conference Championship. In order for the Memphis Lobos to keep their conference title hopes alive, they needed three points against an unbeaten Chattanooga FC Women’s side who, before Sunday, had only conceded one conference goal. The Lobos were apparently up to the task. Not only did the Lobos blemish Chattanooga’s perfect conference record, but they did so in convincing fashion, putting four goals past the CFC Women.

It took less than a minute for the Lobos to find the back of the net. The Chattanooga FC Women knew they were going to have a battle when the Lobos’ right winger beat her defender and crossed the ball into the box. C. Morché (#0), who’s been unbelievable over the course of the season, claimed the cross, but spilled the ball back into play. Unfortunately, a Lobos attacker was standing in the vicinity for the rebound, and she found the back of the net to give the Lobos the 1-0 lead out of the gates.

In the 28th minute, the Lobos flicked a ball over the CFC Women’s backline. The ball fell to the striker’s feet, who calmly placed the ball over C. Morché and into the back of the net to extend the Lobos’ lead to 2-0.

It looked as if the CFC Women were going to be able to pull back a goal in the 37th minute, as Ashleigh Cade (#10) delivered a long throw to the edge of the six-yard box. Though put into an extremely dangerous area, the CFCW were unable to get a clear shot off. The scoreline remained 2-0.

Though the Lobos went into halftime with a two-goal advantage, the Chattanooga FC Women left the match manageable. They looked to come out of halftime strong to at least earn a point on the road. It was certainly going to be a challenge. Despite efforts to come out of the half on the front foot, the Memphis Lobos generated the first quality chances of the half. In the 53rd minute, C. Morché made a quality save to keep the match in reach.

Two minutes later, Mai Sakuma (#34) intended to split the center backs with a ball on the floor. Rosales (#7) was making a clever run in behind that would have led to a one-on-one situation with the Lobos goalkeeper. Unfortunately, the Lobos’ right center back was able to get the slightest of touches on the ball to eliminate CFC Women’s chance.

About ten minutes later, the Chattanooga FC Women gave the ball away in a dangerous area. The Lobos took full advantage of the turnover and found their third goal of the match in transition. Thirteen minutes later, the Lobos scored their final goal of the match, rocketing a well-struck free kick past Danielle Krzyzaniak (#1).

In the 82nd minute, Rosales was able to clear enough space for herself to get a good shot off. The shot drifted just above the crossbar. Minutes later, CFCW had their best second-half opportunity. Shepherd (#3) broke through the Lobos’ back line into a one-on-one with the goalkeeper. As the match trend would suggest, the Lobos’ goalkeeper came up with a nice save to keep the CFC Women off the scoreboard.

Though the performance was not ideal for the Chattanooga FC Women, they are still in great position to clinch the conference championship. The Chattanooga FC Women look to bounce back on Thursday, June 28th, when they go on the road to Knoxville for a rematch against Emerald Force Soccer Club. Three points against the Force would clinch the conference title. Kickoff is scheduled for 7PM.

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