Chattanooga Red Wolves SC drew Forward Madison FC 1-1 on Wednesday at Breese Stevens Field. The team was able to secure one point on the road and extended its unbeaten run to eight matches.
Here are three takeaways from the final meeting between Chattanooga and Madison:
ANOTHER GRITTY PERFORMANCE
Week 16 brought the Red Wolves a two-game match week, leaving the team to play three games in seven days.
Following two draws with Lansing and Orlando, the team knew traveling to Madison to face Forward on their home turf wouldn’t be easy.
Despite falling behind 1-0 in the 20th minute of the match, the Red Wolves came back to equalize in the 77th minute and finished the match with 51.7% possession compared to Madison’s 48.3%.
The draw marked the team’s third consecutive. With a bye week to rest before returning to David Stanton Field on Saturday, July 27 to face FC Tucson, the Red Wolves have the perfect opportunity to regroup and break the streak of draws with another win at home.
Appearing in nine matches this season, Nicholas Amponsah has been a quiet contributor for the Red Wolves this season. However, after earning starts in the past seven matches for Chattanooga, Amponsah has contributed to much of the recent success of the team.
The Ghanaian international netted the equalizer Saturday night, heading one home off of a cross sent in from the left wing by Vangjel Zguro following a corner kick. The equalizer marked Amponsah’s first goal of the season and Zguro’s sixth assist.
Amponsah had a solid defensive performance as well, recording five tackles, seven clearances, four interceptions and an 83.3% passing accuracy. The 6’2” defender came up big for Chattanooga in the 84th minute, intercepting a ball drilled across the Red Wolves six-yard line meant for Madison forward Brian Bement. Had Amponsah not stepped (or more accurately slid) in, the connection would have surely produced Madison’s second goal.
MANGELS CONTINUES IMPRESSIVE FORM
It’s no secret that goalkeeper Alex Mangels has been fantastic between the posts for the Red Wolves this season. Mangels finished Saturday night with three saves, two crosses claimed and one punching clearance.
The 6’4” California native currently leads the league in saves with 49. He is tied for third place in the league in clean sheets with five.
With the last loss for the Red Wolves coming on May 18, Mangels continues to play a vital role in the team’s recent progression up the table.
Following a bye week, the Red Wolves host FC Tucson at David Stanton Field on Saturday, July 27. The match marks the second meeting between the two clubs and kicks off at 7:00 p.m. ET. Tucson handed Chattanooga its last loss of the season back on May 18. Fans are encouraged to participate in the “red out” by dressing in all red attire. For tickets, visit chattredwolves.com/tickets.