CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Chattanooga Red Wolves SC left it late yet again, earning a 2-1 win over South Georgia Tormenta FC thanks to an 87th minute goal by Rafael Mentzingen on Wednesday night at CHI Memorial Stadium.
The Red Wolves opened the scoring on 26 minutes through in-form striker Juan Galindrez. Chattanooga midfielder José Carrera-Garcia played a brilliant ball to split two Tormenta defensive lines, and Jonathan Ricketts then squared it to Galindrez who polished off the move for his sixth goal of the season.
Red Wolves goalkeeper Tim Trilk then made an excellent save to keep out a well-struck free kick from Tormenta's Luca Mayr, preserving his side's lead heading into halftime.
South Georgia would get its equalizer (the club's first equalizing goal this season) on the other side of the break, when Marco Micaletto buried a penalty kick in the 71st minute. But the Red Wolves would retake the lead late on, as they've done so often this season.
In the game's final moments, one substitute set up another, as Marky Hernández wriggled free down the left flank and pick out an unmarked Rafael Mentzingen at the far post with a clever cross. Mentzingen nodded it in for Chattanooga's league-leading eighth goal scored in the 75th minute or later this season, sealing another dramatic win for the Red Wolves.
Both teams face a quick turnaround before they're back in action this Saturday night. Chattanooga heads west to face North Texas SC for the second time this season, while Tormenta continues its road swing with a trip to take on Greenville Triumph SC.
USLLeagueOne.com Player of the Match
Jonathan Esparza, Chattanooga Red Wolves SC - Esparza led all players in the game in a number of key categories, including duels won (eight), tackles made (three) and dribbles completed (two).