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The Winter-Carrier Effect Results in the Coveted Hat Trick
Story by Madonna Fajardo Kemp / Photography by Abby Gengozian
On June 9, 2012, Luke Winter and John Carrier took the field as Chattanooga FC strikers for the first time together. Winter and Carrier, both from Norwich, England, are teammates at Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens, TN. Together they helped Chattanooga FC remain at the top of their division and together they ensured Luke Winter became the first Chattanooga FC player to record a hat trick.
Winter, a veteran of Chattanooga FC, was being utilized as defender by Coach Bill Elliott, who felt that he had more capable strikers on the roster. However, after several of Winter's teammates were benched due to injury, Elliott moved Winter forward—a decision that proved to be ingenious.
Before Chattanooga FC faced off against Myrtle Beach FC on June 9, the club had only managed three goals in five games. While the defense ensured that only two goals entered Chattanooga territory, the offense was not matching the efforts of their counterparts; that is until The Winter-Carrier Effect was put into play.
In the first ten minutes of the Myrtle Beach game Winter scored off an assist from Carrier. It only took Carrier 15 more minutes to rival his teammate and score off a breakaway. The second half began with the Chattanooga crowd on their feets as Winter scored again and, then, stood at the ready for a deflected Carrier shot to score again, putting the first Chattanooga FC hat trick in the record books. Teammate Sean Mcfarlane, of Jamaica, motivated by The Winter-Carrier Effect, put two more in the net. By the end of the game Chattanooga FC recorded another shut-out and had tripled its goals for the season, as the match ended 6-0.
Luke Winter has been busy at Tennessee Wesleyan, racking up the awards and stats during the 2011 college season: AAC 1st team, 1st in nation for game winning goals, 3rd in nation for goals per game. And nothing less should be expected from the former Norfolk U18 player. He believes that nothing "just happens" and that you have to make your own luck on the field, which is certainly evident in his determined playing style.
John Carrier has made AAC First Team All-Conference every year since he began playing for Tennessee Wesleyan College; furthermore, he has been twice named Offensive Player of the Week. In addition to his college experience, John has played for Norwich City FC Academy in England and Bridges FC in Chicago.
Chattanooga FC was founded in 2009 and is a National Premier Soccer League team based in Chattanooga, TN. The 2010 squad took their Southeast Conference and went all the way to the NPSL final match. In 2011, the club played in the Lamar Hunt US Open. They are scheduled to play DC United U23 on June 16, 2012 and expect The Winter-Carrier Effect to give them the advantage once again.