by Madonna Fajardo Kemp
It is not every day that the guy who won a TWC Athletic Director's Award goes out and makes verifiable history. But Luke Winter has. On May 14, 2014, in a non-stop downpour, Luke Winter ensured that Chattanooga Football Club would be the first NPSL soccer team to ever beat a pro team in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.
Luke Winter, a Tennessee Wesleyan graduate and soccer alum, has been playing with Chattanooga FC, a National Premier Soccer League team, since 2011. And while he has scored and assisted US Open Cup goals before, as he did with Chattanooga FC in 2013, May 14 marked the first time Winter scored a winning US Open Cup goal, making history as he ensured his team was the first NPSL entrant to advance in America's premier soccer tournament.
In the second round of Open Cup play, Chattanooga FC took on the Wilmington Hammerheads (USL) at Finley Stadium, and the Hammerheads put up a ferocious fight. But, as The Chattahooligans chanted "Winter is coming," Winter scored off an assist from John Carrier, also a former TWC Athletic Director's Award winner, in minute 30. Wilmington managed a goal before the half. However, Winter answered with a header assisted by Luis Trude in minute 61, scoring what would be the game winning goal. The final score was Chattanooga FC 3 - Wilmington 1.
On May 28, 2014, in the third round of US Open Cup play, Chattanooga FC will take on the Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) at Finley Stadium. And you can bet the Silverbacks know that Winter is coming!
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