by Russell Cooks
The SC United Bantams scored first and managed to hang on to a 2-1 win over Peachtree City MOBA Wednesday night. The win improves the Bantams record to 10-5, while MOBA drops to 3-8.
The action started off intense and it remained that way all night. Taku Mashingaidze almost got MOBA on the board first as he kicked a laser at the 13:40 mark, but it sailed over the net by a couple of inches.
Things got a little testy when MOBA’s Jordan Day collided with a SC United player in midair. The wind was knocked out of the Bantams player and several of his teammates took exception to the collision. The referees were able to maintain order, and, after a visit from the medical staff, play resumed without a fight.
Iian Smith had a shot on goal deep near the SC United goal line, but their goalkeeper tipped it away at the last second. Joey Vyner of SC United finally broke the scoring drought at the 29:08 mark. Not to be out done, Jordan Day made an awesome assist to Mashingaidze at the 36:40 mark to make the score 1-1 before the half.
MOBA definitely came out of the locker room with an offensive mindset. Bryson Asher took a powerful shot on goal at the 47:40 mark, but it was just wide left. Asher also had a corner kick at the 59:22 mark, but it was knocked out of bounds by MOBA.
At the 74:02 mark, it was Leandro Browne connecting on a laser that gave SC United a 2-1 lead.
The MOBA scoring attack led by Mashingaidze, Asher, Smith, and Casey Shultis was heightened throughout the balance of the game, but they just could not connect.
Playing for MOBA has been a great experience for the players. Asher, who will be leaving this weekend to head back to college at Duke, said, “It has been unbelievable. The opportunity popped up on me and it is only 15 minutes from my house. I just love the MOBA organization. They are truly first class from the top with team owner Mr. Volker Harms and the entire coaching staff. It is truly a dream come true for me. I have been playing for Coach Jordan Days since I was 12-years-old.”
MOBA continues to get better game in and game out. They have really built a strong foundation for the future and we expect sparks to fly next year in their world class facility.
“We literally improved each and every game, and I will definitely comeback and play with PTC MOBA next season,” said Asher. “To be able to play on a talented semi-pro team that is located in my backyard, is so, so awesome.”