CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Chattanooga Red Wolves SC is moving on in the USL League One Playoffs, presented by TwinSpires, advancing to the semifinals with a 2-1 win in extra time over North Texas SC at CHI Memorial Stadium on Saturday night in the quarterfinals.
Chattanooga got off to a great start in its first-ever playoff match, but needed the full 120 minutes to defeat a resilient North Texas side.
The Red Wolves took the lead after just seven minutes when Jonathan Ricketts’ cross from the left wing was turned into the North Texas net by NTSC defender Devin Benton.
Things got even better for Chattanooga when North Texas’ Lucão was shown a straight red card in the 29th minute for leading with his elbow while challenging Chattanooga’s Juan Galindrez for the ball.
Despite being up 1-0 and up a man, Chattanooga struggled to close the match out.
North Texas got its foot back in the door in the 67th minute when Bernard Kamungo caught Jason Ramos with the ball at his feet and took advantage of a bad touch to score a breakaway goal and tie the match.
NTSC held on to force extra time and looked to be in good shape when Chattanooga’s Rey Ortiz was shown his second yellow card of the match and dismissed in added time of the first extra time period. North Texas played down a man for more than 75 minutes before Ortiz’s dismissal.
It was Galindrez who scored the game-winning goal, pouncing on a loose ball in the box after a Chattanooga corner kick, putting the Red Wolves up for good in the 113th minute.
Chattanooga now advances to a semifinal match against Greenville Triumph SC
USLLeagueOne.com Player of the Match
Jonathan Ricketts, Chattanooga Red Wolves SC – It doesn’t count for anything in the stat book, but it was Ricketts’ cross that forced an own goal seven minutes into the match. Ricketts created two chances and put in a strong defensive performance.
CHA (7’) – Own Goal (Devin Benton)
NTX (67’) – Kamungo
CHA (113’) – Galindrez, assisted by Ramos