CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (July 14, 2019) – Asheville City’s men’s team saw its 2019 campaign come to an end on Saturday evening at Chattanooga’s Finley Stadium in the NPSL’s Southeast Conference final.
Chattanooga FC prevailed by a 4-1 margin over its rival city to the northeast to advance to play Miami FC (9-1-0) on Tuesday at South Florida’s Barry University. A crowd of 2,800+ was on hand including a vocal contingent of Blues’ fans who made the 200-mile trip from Asheville. Threatening skies and intermittent downpours marked the evening throughout.
Midfielder Chris Allan (Jarrow, England) had Asheville’s sole score in the game’s 39th minute on a penalty kick to pull the team within a goal of Chattanooga (7-2-1) at 2-1. The hosts responded with two goals in the second half to seal the conference championship.
The Blues end the season with a 5-3-2 league record and a first-round NPSL playoff win on their 2019 resumé. Both the men’s and women’s sides captured postseason victories this year, a first in the young franchise’s history. (photos – T. Flynn)