CFC plays in national semifinal tonight at Finley Stadium
The Chattanooga Football Club's national quarterfinal match against Miami United was nothing short of thrilling Saturday night.
The Chattanooga FC soccer teams will try to make it to its third straight national championship game tonight. CFC plays Sonoma Sol from California at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
More than 10,000 fans watched last weekend's national quarterfinal match against Miami United. That was the second largest crowd in the club's history, surpassed only by last year's national championship game.
Miami United FC, who Chattanooga beat two years ago in the regional final, came out attacking as expected, but solid defense on both squads would send the scoreless game into overtime, and eventually, into penalty kicks.
Zecca Ferraz made the first penalty kick for Chattanooga, followed by a made shot for Miami to tie it at 1-1. Jon Finlay, Will Roberts, and Sindre Welo went on to make their shots on goal, and a crucial blocked kick by Gregor Hartley gave CFC a 4-3 lead. Finally, it all came down to Hartley's kick, which he placed perfectly in the bottom left-hand corner for the win.
With the 5-3 win, the Chattanooga Football Club earns their third straight South Regional title, their fifth overall. Tickets are $10 in advance at the club's website or $12 at the gate. Children 6 and under get in free.