Chattanooga Red Wolves Fall 3-1 to North Texas

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(chattanoogaredwolves-sc.com) Wednesday’s match between the Chattanooga Red Wolves and North Texas SC had many ups and downs that turned out to be quite the heated match. For all who were in attendance, they were able to witness a dramatic game that showed the intense competitive spirit that a lot of players possess.

Greg Hurst opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 22nd minute after North Texas SC’s Edwin Cerrillo was whistled for a handball. Hurst sent Carlos Avilez the wrong way and slotted home the spot kick to score his sixth goal of the season and first since August.

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Nkosi Burgess and Alex Bruce scored in the second half of Wednesday afternoon’s contest to help  North Texas SC come from behind to defeat Chattanooga Red Wolves SC 3-1 at CHI Memorial Stadium.

NTX responded after being awarded a free kick just outside the box which was taken by reigning League One MVP Arturo Rodriguez. Rodriguez shot over the wall and back down, ringing it off the post and in for his second goal in as many matches.

The Red Wolves had an opportunity to regain the lead just before halftime from a set piece near the corner flag. Josue Soto’s laser delivery found Hurst at the near post, but the Scotman’s header missed the target.

North Texas started the second half on the front foot, scoring a go-ahead goal three minutes after the break. The goal came from yet another dead ball situation as Rodriugez served a low cross into a pack of bodies inside the penalty area. The serve flicked off a Red Wolf and fell to Nkosi Burgess who hit it past Alex Mangels to score his first goal for the club.

Later, NTX was given a penalty from which Alex Bruce converted. He hit the shot into the top corner to give the visitors a two-goal advantage.

Soto delivered another dangerous  serve into the penalty area in the 73rd minute, finding the head of Ricardo Zacarias at the top of the six-yard box, but the forward’s header went over the bar.

The missed header was the Red Wolves’ last chance to halve the deficit as the home side struggled to create in the attacking third in the final 15 minutes.

The win moves North Texas into fifth place in the League One standings, while Chattanooga remains in fourth just one point ahead of NTSC.

SCORING SUMMARY

CHA (22′): Hurst (sixth), unassisted

NTX (26′): A. Rodriguez (second), unassisted

NTX (48′): Burgess (first), unassisted

NTX (57′): Bruce (second), unassisted

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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.