Chattanooga Red Wolves SC (7-5-7) defeated league-leaders North Texas SC (10-4-4) 1-0 at David Stanton Field Saturday night. The win preserves Chattanooga’s unbeaten home record.
The match remained scoreless until the 54th minute, when Red Wolves captain Steven Beattie put away a penalty kick after forward Juan Mare was brought down by North Texas’ Bicou Bissainthe in the penalty area. The goal marked Beattie’s eighth of the season, bringing him within one of North Texas SC’s Ronaldo Damus for the league lead.
The match proved to be a defensive battle, with the Red Wolves posting just two shots on frame and North Texas unable to hit one on target the entire 90 minutes.
After Bissainthe was shown his second yellow card in the 70th minute, North Texas was reduced to 10 men. Down a man and down a goal, the visitors were ultimately unable to level the match.
The win marked Chattanooga’s first in six matches after four consecutive draws and a midweek road loss to Lansing Ignite FC.
Alex Mangels earned his sixth clean sheet despite not having to make a save. The goalkeeper posted four crosses claimed and one punch. Midfielder Ualefi showed a strong midfield display, recording 86.2% passing accuracy and three tackles.
The three points earned place the Red Wolves even on points with fourth-place Forward Madison FC (8-7-4).
The Red Wolves head to Statesboro, Georgia to face South Georgia Tormenta FC on Saturday, Aug. 10 at Erk Russell Park. The match marks the second of four regular season meetings between the two clubs and kicks off at 8 p.m. ET. Fans can tune into the action live on ESPN+.
Chattanooga Red Wolves SC — Alex Mangels; Tony Walls, Leo Folla, Nicholas Ampansah, Vangjel Zguro (Josue Soto – 83’), Ualefi, Jonathan Caparelli, Conor Doyle, Juan Mare (Yaya Cisse – 80’), Steven Beattie (C), Sito Seoane
Substitutes not used — Will Dieterich, Alex Jaimes, Eamon Zayed, Amirgy Pineda, Andrew Moullin
North Texas SC – Carlos Avilez; Imanol Almaguer, Bico Bassainthe, Richard Danso (Arturo Rodriguez – 58’), Brecc Evans (C) (Oscar Romero – 80’), Alfusainey Jatta, Callum Montgomery, Cesar Murillo, Ricardo Pepi, Daivd Rodriguez, Dante Sealy (Gibran Rayo – 74’)
Substitutes not used – Eduardo Cortes, Hector Montalvo
CHT: Steven Beattie – 54'
NTX: Bico Bassainthe (cautioned – 40’)
CHT: Leo Folla (cautioned – 57’)
NTX: Bico Bassainthe (cautioned – 70’)
CHT: Conor Doyle (cautioned – 73’)
NTX: Jorge Almaguer (cautioned – 82’)
CHT: Ualefi (cautioned – 91’)
NTX: Bico Bassainthe – 70’
Head Official: Jasmine Peralta
Assistant Referee: Brian Marshall
Assistant Referee: Tarik Veledar
4th Official: Todd Gould