The Georgia Revolution played to a 1-1 tie against Chattanooga FC in the sweltering heat Saturday, moving their record to 6-1-1 in advance of Tuesday's rematch against the Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves, the only team to beat them so far.
The Conyers-based Revolution started out slow at home Saturday, allowing Chattanooga's John Carrier to start off the scoring in the first 15 minutes with a goal in the top corner.
However, the Revolution would catch a break later in the first half when a Chattanooga player made a hard tackle resulting in an outright red card and his expulsion from the game.
The half time break gave the Revolution a fresh start, and Kwako Poku scored in the first minute of the second half off a Sean Grisham corner kick.
The teams had several opportunities the rest of the game, but neither could capitalize and the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
The tie kept the Revolution in first place, but they need to win one of their two remaining regular season games in order to secure home field for the playoffs. The Silverbacks trail by only two points and will also have one game remaining after Tuesday night's matchup.
The Silverbacks are the only team to beat the Revolution this year, winning 3-1 earlier in the season.
The Revolution next play Saturday in Myrtle Beach.
If the Revolution can win the regular season, they will host the conference championship game July 14 in Conyers, said player and assistant General Manager Zach Schulte.
Following the season, the team will play an exhibition game July 20 in Conyers against FC Ljiljan Seattle in the annual Capital Cup.
The Revolution plays at the RYSA Soccerplex on Old Salem Road, between Ga. Highway 138 and Salem Road.