Lady Flames Win 5-3 Over West Alabama

Sunday, October 13, 2013

It took a while for the Lee women’s soccer team to recover from a rugged 1-0 loss to West Florida on Friday, but the Lady Flames regrouped and handed host West Alabama a 5-3 defeat on Sunday afternoon.

Lee improved to 7-3 overall and 4-1 in Gulf South play. West Alabama dropped to 8-4 and 3-2.

“"Today we started slow and finished poorly but during the 75 minutes in between we were pretty good,” said coach Matt Yelton after the win.

“It’s always tough to get back up and play after a game like we had on Friday, but I thought overall we put together some good soccer today. We were a little beat up and West Alabama made us play really hard for 90 minutes. Anytime you get a win on the road in this league it's a good result."

The Wolves jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a goal by Katy Morris less than two minutes deep into the match. Seven minutes later Danielle Ciabattone (8:53) knocked in a header off a corner kick by Leah Fortune to tie the match.

"I thought Danielle had a big game for us today,” noted Yelton. “She definitely played her best soccer of the year and gave our team a big lift with the effort she put into the match."

The Lady Flames never trailed again. Laura Thacker made it a 2-1 game when she took a throw in from the ever-present Fortune and tallied on a header from 3-yards out at the 28:05 mark. The margin grew to 3-1 at the break when freshman Summer Lanter scored her sixth goal of the season. Ode Fulutudilu sent the ball into the box and Lanter converted on the rebound.

"We had two seniors put in really good performances in Ode and Leah,” praised Yelton. “Even though her name doesn't show up on the stat sheet, Ode had her best performance of the year and Leah just got better and better as the game went on."

Already with a pair of assists, Fortune put the contest far out of reach with two goals in the 62nd minute and 74th minute of the second half. The first came on a long service from Lee keeper Haley Gribler and the second was unassisted from the top of the penalty box.

West Alabama got a penalty kick from Lauren Tate in the 76th minute and Tori Brook got the Wolves’ final tally on a shot after an earlier block by Lee’s Gribler.

Lee had excellent marksmanship with shots, taking 21 and putting 16 on goal. The same could be said for West Alabama. The host club took 11 shots and eight were on target.

"After this weekend we are looking forward to getting back home to play a really good Christian Brothers team on Friday night,” said Yelton after the long road trip to Florida and Alabama. Kickoff for Friday’s match is slated for 7 p.m.




UTC Women At Western Carolina Saturday

The Chattanooga women's basketball team will close out the regular season road slate Saturday afternoon at Western Carolina. The game is set to tip at  2 p.m.  in the first of a double header. Follow all the action at GoMocs.com.  The Mocs are third in the league standings behind Mercer (8-1) and Samford (8-1). The two will play each other this weekend. A ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: East Hamilton Edges Walker Valley

Firefighters Stop Fire At Local IHOP Restaurant

Chattanooga firefighters did not have far to go when fire broke out at the IHOP on Highway 153 in Hixson around  9 a.m.  on Friday. Battalion Chief Don Bowman and firefighters with Quint 16 had just enjoyed a nice breakfast there while having a morning staff meeting. When the firefighters returned to their fire truck and were getting ready to drive off, one of the firefighters ... (click for more)

City Councilman Chris Anderson Gearing Up For Election A Year Away

City Councilman Chris Anderson is already gearing up for the next city election, though it is over a year away. In the financial disclosures due Feb. 1, he reported receiving $24,165 for the reporting period from July 16, 2015 to Jan. 16. He spent $4,887 during that period. Councilman Yusuf Hakeem took in $11,110 during the period. Councilman Russell Gilbert reported ... (click for more)

Black History Month Hero - Theodore McGraw (Kidd) AKA "Pongee"

I grew up in "Old St. Elmo" on 39th Street behind the Incline. As a child I remember my older brother "Pongee" as being my hero. This month of February being Black History Month, I cannot think of a better person to be honored than my late older brother, Theodore McGraw (Kidd) aka "Pongee" of St. Elmo (Gamble Town). Growing up without my father, Theodore was always available ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘Chatt2.org’ Needs You Now

A diverse yet powerful panel of community leaders in Nashville delivered a letter to the Metro Nashville Board of Education last week. It was signed by some top men and women who represent a wide-ranking cross section of Tennessee’s largest city and includes education, business, religious and diversity superstars. You need to understand the urgency behind the letter. Davidson County ... (click for more)