By Chattanooga FC
Chattanooga Football Club fought back to earn its first point in the Members Cup against Michigan Stars FC in the face of a torrential downpour and two lightning delays. Michigan struck first in the sixth minute of play after forward Steven Juncaj collected a rebound and made his chance count as goalkeeper Phil D’Amico found himself out of position.
Lightning strikes in the area halted play for nearly an hour, and as play resumed, the boys in blue found new life. The home side dominated possession and in the 25th minute, speedy Brazilian Joao Costa made the defense pay, slotting home yet another goal for his tally sheet and evening up the score.
A second weather delay forced both clubs into the locker room before halftime. After an abbreviated halftime break, both teams hit the field eager to secure all three points. Chattanooga FC had the best chances to score, and nearly took the lead in the 77th minute thanks to a Zeca Ferazz header that hit the crossbar. After three hours of play, delays included, the score ended in a 1-1 draw.
The match was the first in the Members Cup for Michigan Stars FC, and third for Chattanooga. Next week, the boys in blue travel to face Napa Valley 1839 for their first trip to the west coast since the 2012 NPSL National Championship in San Diego. Michigan Stars return home to face New York Cosmos B.
Photo Credit: Ray Soldano