Peachtree City MOBA outlasts Tri-Cities in a thriller

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Above, Jordan Day and Sam Choi battle for the ball with a Tri-Cities player. Right, Bryson Asher sprints past the Otter defense. (Photos by Kiersten Ulversoy / Oh Snap Photography)

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The Peachtree City MOBA Soccer Team won in a thriller against the Tri-Cities Otters on Wednesday night in their second home game. MOBA was able to overcome a late goal to beat the Otters 2-1 in overtime. The win improves MOBA’s record to 3-5. The loss drops Tri-Cities to 1-5.
In a game that can be best described as a tale of two halves, MOBA dominated field position and shots on goal in the first half, yet they were unable to convert the opportunities into goals. The Tri-Cities keeper had a very busy first half, but he was able to make save after save. MOBA had a penalty shot at the 38:38 mark, but again they were unable to score, sending the match into halftime in a scoreless tie.
The second half was almost an exact reversal of fortunes, as the Otters kept the upper hand. However, MOBA would bend but they would not break.
When it looked sure the match would go into overtime with no goals, Omar Jarun scored at the 85:33 mark to give MOBA a 1-0 lead. Just over two minutes later at the 87:40 mark, the Otters scored on a penalty kick to tie the score at 1-1. No goals in 85-minutes and two goals in just over two minutes.
After both teams scored, the speed of the game intensified to a whole different level. The game kicked into the overdrive as both sides made the most of every opportunity. The Otters got another penalty kick at the 89:59 mark, but were unable to convert, sending the match to overtime.
On the opening possession, MOBA took a shot that hit the post but stayed just inches outside of the net. Undeterred, Jessey Hein went coast-to-coast on the next possession with some fancy footwork and shot a laser that was the decisive blow in a 2-1 win.
Owner and coach Volker Harms said, “It was a little lucky because all the scoring came at the last minute. We had just enough energy to pull off the win, and we deserved it. My goal is for us to score early and often.”
Omar Jarun said, “What a fantastic result. It is good for the team. It is good for the city. We have three games in four days, and this win will give us the momentum that we will need for the rest of the week.
“It was an intense game. We scored, and they came right back and scored. We had two minutes left, but I knew we had a chance left. I had a couple of options inside, but I decided to take it and it went in.”
MOBA will next host the Southern West Virginia Kings on Saturday, June 25 at Starr’s Mill High School. The match begins at 8 p.m., but early arrival is encouraged with a host of family-orientated activities and barbecue from One Smoking Guy on tap.

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