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Chattanooga FC clinches Final Four trip with 1-0 win

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CONYERS, Ga. (WRCB) -- Chattanooga FC is heading back to the big time.

Luis Trude's second-half goal proved to be the game-winner in CFC's 1-0 win over the Georgia Revolution in the NPSL Southeast Conference championship game on Friday night.

The victory earns Chattanooga FC a spot in the NPSL Final Four in San Diego in two weeks. It will be their first national semifinal appearance since 2010, when they lost in the championship game.

Chattanooga FC also clinches a spot in next year's U.S. Open Cup with its second conference title in the last three years.

The game went scoreless into the half, thanks in part to a tremendous diving save on a penalty kick by CFC keeper Greg Hartley in the 41st minute.

Chattanooga FC's lone conversion came on an impressive individual effort by Trude in the 71st minute. The midfielder from William Carey University wove his way through four defenders before striking one true to the back of the net.

CFC (7-1-3) is unbeaten in its last nine league games heading into the Final Four, which will run from July 27-29. Chattanooga FC's lone league loss was a 1-0 setback to the Knoxville Force in the season-opener on May 5.

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