Red Wolves Steven Beattie Earns Player of the Week Honors After Hat Trick

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Chattanooga-(WDEF-TV) The Chattanooga Red Wolves Steven Beattie has been named the USL League One player of the week. Kind of a no-brainer since he scored the hat trick Saturday in Chattanooga’s 3-2 win over Greenville. With the hat trick, Beattie is now third in the league in scoring with six goals on the year.

Steve Beattie scored two quick goals on Saturday, and then the match was delayed nearly two hours by rain, making Beattie nervous.

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Said Beattie: “I seen lightning and was like oh please because if the game gets stopped. First off you have to start again at zero-zero. My two goals would be gone. So
I was saying a couple of prayers on that.”

Beattie’s prayers were answered. He got his third goal, which proved to be the game winner.

Said Beattie: “They say there’s a perfect hat trick. It’s a famous football quote. Left foot. Right foot. Header. I was lucky to get that. I didn’t know until afterwards when I looked back at the goals.”

Said head coach Tim Hankinson: “It’s hard enough to score one goal, and when you score one, we all celebrate with that player, the team, and the fans. But scoring three is a magical night, and Beattie certainly gave that to us.”

Reporter: “What makes him so dangerous out there?”

Said midfielder Conor Doyle: “Probably just his soccer IQ. His movement. His knowledge of the game, and his ability to get into spots where he’s dangerous and can get shots off and score his goals.”

When you get 3 goals in a match, it’s like you’re playing a video game. And guess who is featured as player in one of FIFA’s video games.

Said Beattie: “It’s nice. You still get messages from kids all over the world that you won their game, and they are delighted to tell you that. You won their game of FIFA for them.”

Reporter:”Is it a computer image of you?”

Said Beattie: “It’s a full image yes. It’s very close yeah. They actually send someone out to the games, so they have the same football boots that you are wear. I wear white tape on my left wrist. They have that in the game. The only bad part is they have your stats. Some of your stats aren’t great, so there’s no escaping that with millions of people looking.” (chuckles)

If only the video game could mimic Beattie’s personality.

Said Hankinson: “He’s got an Irish personality that smiles from ear-to-ear. He has got some of the best one-liners in the locker room to keep the players laughing and to keep it light.”

The Red Wolves are back home on Saturday to entertain Richmond at 7pm.

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.