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Match Report: Maryland Bobcats FC vs. Chattanooga FC – 10.30.2021

The Maryland Bobcats win their third match in a row defeating Chattanooga 1-0 at home
Published Nov 1, 2021

Written by: Edwin Pintor

 

October 30, 2021 (Boyds, MD) – The Maryland Bobcats registered their third consecutive win after a 1-0 result against Chattanooga FC. The NISA Match of the Week did not disappoint, a very intense game that could have ended with a win for either team. The Bobcats knew the importance of the fixture. A close opponent in the league standings, and a win for either team could have seen them take a distance from each other and continue to push for a top-four finish. A solid performance from the Bobcats, the midfield took the bright lights of the Maryland SoccerPlex and shined with a win. 

 

Both teams had many opportunities, but the keepers put out a showing for the fans at the SoccerPlex. The only goal of the night was scored by Kay Banjo a minute into the second half. 

 

The Bobcats are known for obtaining positive results at home; however, the team lost two back-to-back games at home during the fall season. Only one game was lost throughout the year before the two losses at home in the fall. The Bobcats knew that the season’s final games would be used to reconsolidate with their fans and win at home. Two wins against Chicago House and Chattanooga have the Bobcats on a good path and will seek their final three games. Two of them are at home. 

 

Chattanooga did not hesitate to apply pressure as soon as the encounter began, 15 minutes of complete domination from the Tennessee side. Their strikers put Isyaq to test four times in fifteen minutes. An aggressive Chattanooga side was fighting for a goal to control the tempo of the game. Their offensive core was attacking through the left-right and the center. Their youngster Rodriguez was causing danger on the left side with crosses to their center forward; however, none did much danger. Finally, their striker Jackson found a ball crossed by Rodriguez where he bodied out Maryland fullback Javon Dawkins; he found himself one-on-one with Isyaq, but the ball went high of the post. 

 

Maryland finally found some rhythm in the 20th minute when the midfield started to push the offense to pressure. A mistake from the Chattanooga keeper saw Karpeh Jr. steal the ball and pass to Pato. However, the shot came too late and could not cause more danger. Akinlosotu shot in the 45th minute of the game, but the Chattanooga keeper had it under control. A back-and-forth battle from both sides, and each keeper on their game had the game level 0-0 at the halftime whistle. 

 

Neither side made any subs during the fifteen-minute halftime break. As soon as the players stepped onto the pitch, the Bobcats knew this second half the goal had to come as soon as possible if they wanted to win their third consecutive game. Maryland came out aggressive; the second play of the second half came in the first minute. A throw-in ball by Forka found Pato. He took on two Chattanooga defenders and put a low-ball cross to Kay Banjo. The ball found the back of the net for the first time, giving Banjo his 5th goal of the season and the Bobcats their first lead of the night. 

 

Chattanooga was unable to respond. A struggling side saw the Bobcats continue to press and continue to seek another goal. Two more shots on target by Banjo and Karpeh Jr. in the 65th minute culminated a great team effort by the Bobcats. Banjo was able to get free, but his shot went too wide in the 70th minute. The Bobcats made two subs when Chattanooga started gaining momentum, the return of ‘Pele’ Sesay after a month-long injury put smiles on fan faces. In the 78th minute, Sesay would come in for Kay Banjo, who could not continue due to a muscle injury. Karpeh Jr. also came off for Taylor Gray. A new offensive line saw the Bobcats create danger in the counterattack but could not finish the game off. Chattanooga closed the final 10 minutes of the match off, dying on the line. A great effort saw them create danger. However, no opportunity was able to find the back of the net. A final substitution in the 88th minute saw Adam Yingling come in for Tunde Akinlosotu; the final whistle sounded, and the victors were the home side, who end the match with a 3-game winning streak. 

 

Now 5-3-7, the Bobcats will host LA Force at the Germantown SoccerPlex next Wednesday, November 3.

 

 

Maryland Bobcats FC: Isyaq (GK); Forka, Dengler, Fane, Dawkins; Kao, Pato, Alvarado, Akinlosotu (Yingling 89’), Banjo (C) (Sesay 78’), Karpeh Jr. (Gray 78’)

Subs: Caulker (GK), Ogletree, Sesay, Moussi, Yingling, Balogun, Gray

Goals: Banjo (46’)

Bookings: (Dengler 83’), Gray (85’)

 

Chattanooga FC: Redington (GK); Robertson, DaSilva, Russell, Kasak (Marcano 57’); Dixon, Spielman, Hernandez (C) (Marshall 89’); Hoffstatter (McKinley 89’), Jackson (Naglestad 57’), Rodriguez (Jones 70’)

Subs: Nelson (GK), Marcano, Naglestad, Marshall, Coleman, Jones, McKinley

Goals: NA

Bookings: Dixon (61’)