Saturday, July 14, 2012
- by B.B. Branton
CONYERS, Ga. -- Luis Trude scored the match-winning goal and goalkeeper Greg Hartley posted a shutout as Chattanooga Football Club defeated Georgia Revolution, 1-0, here Friday night to win the Southeast Conference championship of the National Premier Soccer League.
Chattanooga FC (7-1-3) advances to the NPSL Final Four in San Diego, July 27-29, and also qualifies for the 2013 U.S. Open Cup. Georgia Revolution finishes the season at 7-2-2.
Trude broke a scoreless tie with his goal in the 72nd minute, while Hartley was solid in goal with 11 saves, including stopping five shots in 1-on-1 situations.
Harltey earned third team NAIA All-American honors last fall for Belhaven Univ. (Miss.)
This is the second time in three years that Chattanooga FC has reached the Final Four. Chattanooga was NPSL runner-up in 2010.
Record: CFC is 7-1-3 on the season and 7-0-3 since its opening-season loss to Knoxville Force on May 5. CFC is 5-0-1 on the road and 2-1-2 at home.
The visitors had excellent support from its fan base, including the Chattahooligans.
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