Lee Flames Advance To NCCAA National Championship Semifinals

Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Playing with the heart and passion that has carried the Lee men's soccer team the entire 2013 season, it was that type of never-say-die determination that moved the Flames into the semifinals of the NCCAA National Championship on Wednesday afternoon.

The Flames will get a day off on Thursday and return to action on Thursday at 2:30 p.m., facing the same Fresno Pacific team. In the other semifinal contest Southern Wesleyan (S.C.) will be pitted against Spring Arbor (Mich.) The championship game will be held on Saturday at 3:45 p.

No.1 seed Fresno Pacific had moved into a 2-1 lead in the 77th minute on the second goal of the day by Renato Bustamante in the extremely physical contest that was played on a hot afternoon at the Austin-Tindall Regional Park. After the second goal, the Sunbirds were tagged with a red card and forced to play the final 13 minutes a man down.

Lee seized on the opportunity and pushed for a tying goal, knowing a tie would secure a spot in the final four. As it has been the entire amazing season, coach Paul Furey's men found a way to get the ball into the back of the net.

With only 50 seconds remaining it was sophomore Travis Kiger's turn to score his first goal of the season. Sophomore Adam Garrison got the assist. "Travis was the hero today," added Furey. "He got a great service from Adam. This team just finds ways to get it done.

"This team has done a number of amazing things this year and they just did another by advancing to the final four," said Furey after the tie. "We overcame a number of obstacles against top seeded Fresno to get the result we needed."

After a scoreless first half, the Flames went on top of Fresno when Quade Marinell tallied on an assist from David Perez. Lee seemed content to lay back, but the talented Sunbirds continued to press the action and broke through on two goals by Bustamante in less than two minutes.

Fresno took 16 shots and had 11 on goal. Lee keeper Tom Halsall was there to turn away 11. The Flames took just eight shots and had four on target. Sunbird keeper Fabian Rangal collected two saves.

MUS Netters Edge McCallie, 4-3

Defending D-II AA state champion Memphis University School defeated McCallie, 4-3, Thursday in Nashville. Both teams will compete in the Carter Invitational Friday and Saturday. MUS won the doubles point and then had singles wins at Nos. 1-4-5, while McCallie (7-2) had wins at Nos. 2-3-6 singles. MUS 4, McCallie 3 Singles 1. Walker Sims (MUS) def. Cody Gubin, ... (click for more)

Lookouts Triumph on Mayora's Game-Winning Single in Ninth

  Thursday night, the  Chattanooga Lookouts (9-12) started a 10 - game home stand against the Birmingham Barons (10-11) before a packed stadium with a crowd of 5,576. The game was well worth the price of admission as Daniel Mayora smacked a game-winning  RBI single to drive home Darnell Sweeney and give the team the 5-4 win.    ... (click for more)

Berke Names Fred Fletcher, Of Austin, Tex., New Chattanooga Police Chief

Mayor Andy Berke announced Thursday that Fred Fletcher of Austin, Tex., is his pick for Chattanooga Chief of Police. With 20 years of experience in law enforcement, Mr. Fletcher has served in an executive, command, or supervisory role for 12 years.  As commander in Region III of the Austin Police Department, Mr. Fletcher spearheaded community initiatives including a drug market ... (click for more)

Child, 23 Months, Found Dead In Crib With Fentanyl Patch On Back; Death Ruled Homicide

A 23-month-old Chattanooga boy has been found dead in his crib with a Fentanyl patch on his back. The death of Demarcus Bryant at 7655 Borris Dr. last month was ruled a homicide. An autopsy report says he died from "Fentanyl patch placed by someone else." Chattanooga Police are investigating. No one has yet been charged. The child was found face down in his crib. ... (click for more)

A Slap In The Face To Local Police Applicants

Little Andy has once again shown what he thinks about the Chattanooga Police Department by ignoring all the applicants from within the department. There were several great candidates within the police department that had as much experience as the chosen one from 1,000 miles away. This is a slap in the face for any officer who is at the Chattanooga Police Department who has aspirations ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Northwestern Players Vote

The National Labor Relations Board, 0-1 this week after the United Auto Workers cancelled a hearing one hour before it was to begin in Chattanooga, has another chance for a last-minute finish today. In what will be under a more harsh light, the Northwestern University football team is expected to vote on whether to become a union Friday morning. Yesterday afternoon there remained ... (click for more)