TAMPA, Fla. – Hosts Chattanooga Red Wolves SC and FC Tucson advanced in the quarterfinals of the USL League One Playoffs Saturday night.
Both sides were stretched by their visitors on a compelling opening night of the postseason.
The No. 3-seed Red Wolves needed extratime to earn a 2-1 victory against No. 6-seed North Texas SC at CHI Memorial Stadium as leading scorer Juan Galindrez scored in the 113th minute to secure advancement.
Making its first postseason appearance, Chattanooga appeared in control of the game with the lead and a player advantage after North Texas was reduced to 10 men after a red card in the 29th minute, but the visitors fought back to score a second-half goal by Bernard Kamungo to send the game into extratime.
The Red Wolves also were reduced to 10 players in the first period of extratime but came through to advance to face No. 2-seed Greenville Triumph SC next Saturday night.
No. 4-seed FC Tucson had to sustain substantial pressure throughout its clash with the No. 5-seed Richmond Kickers at Kino North Stadium, but an 87th-minute goal by Deri Corfe on the lone shot on goal of the game for the hosts proved enough to earn victory.
Tucson advances to face top seed Union Omaha at Werner Park next Saturday night.
Both semifinal matches will take place next Saturday night and will be streamed live on ESPN+.
2021 USL League One Playoffs
(All times Eastern; home team listed first)
Saturday, Nov. 13
Union Omaha vs. FC Tucson, 5 p.m. ET, Werner Park
Greenville Triumph SC vs. Chattanooga Red Wolves SC, 7 p.m. ET, Legacy Early College