Chattanooga FC traveled to the Big Easy for a Saturday night clash of two NPSL Southeastern Conference powers. Although the team put up an extraordinary fight, Chattanooga FC fell to the Jesters 3-2.
Jesters put one on the board early, as Oliver Roberts scored in the eighth minute of play. They quickly added a second courtesy of Hisham Kasimu.
Things went from bad to worse for CFC in the first half when a red card knocked the away team down to ten men. The teams entered the locker room with a 2-0 Jesters lead.
The second half proved to be far more competitive. CFC roared back, as Santiago Moore and Felipe Oliviera found the back of the net in the 56th and 62nd minutes of play, and evened the score 2-2.
Four minutes later, Oliver Roberts scored what would be the game-winner for New Orleans, off of a free kick.
CFC fought valiantly, but was unable to find an equalizer, and time expired with the home team on top.
“Going down to ten men early changed things for certain, but that’s on us to fight back and do what we set out to do,” said CFC head coach Bill Elliott. “We’ll head back, take what we and get ready for Wednesday’s match.”
“We’re sitting in first place at the end of a long road swing, so that’s certainly a positive, but three points would’ve helped solidify our position with the last five matches of the season,” said CFC General Manager Sean McDaniel.
Contributor: Chattanooga FC