Tuesday night’s game followed an all too familiar script as the Otters fell in an early hole and despite clawing back into the game, fell just short, 4-3 to Peachtree City MOBA. The game closed out the Otters road schedule as they return home to finish up the 2018 regular season.
MOBA capitalized early on a defensive error in the 3rd minute, putting the ball into an open net. A few minutes later, a cross fell to a MOBA attacker who doubled the lead at the nine-minute mark.
The Otters found their footing after that, with Taylor Gray (Lees-McRae), Mehdi Chtara (France), and Jeremy De Hoog (Rio Grande) all getting shots off.
Unfortunately, a ball laid up perfectly for a MOBA attacker after a blocked shot and they pushed the lead to 3-1 in the 34th minute.
The Otters relentless attack finally paid off in the 41st minute when a De Hoog corner kick found the head of Guillermo Segovia (Florida Tech) and the ball eventually ended up in the back of the net.
Two minutes later, MOBA’s forward worked an opening and fired it past the goalkeeper for the 4-1 lead going into the half despite the Otters outshooting Peachtree City 14-6 in the half.
The attack only intensified to start the second half and in the 56th minute Chtara was pulled down from behind to earn a free kick at the top of the box. Chtara took the free kick and placed it in the top corner where no one could get it to cut the score to 4-2 with just over 30 minutes to play.
Ayuk Tambe (Tusculum) was able to utilize his speed to send in crosses and nearly scored another off a volley in the 64th minute, but it just went wide. Tambe was then replaced in the 73rd minute by Giovanni Kachan (Brazil), who made his season debut. Kachan is also the youngest player in the 2018 squad.
Moments later, after a scramble in the box, Segovia had his shot ricochet off the post. In the 80th minute Chtara worked an opening on the right wing and sent in a cross which Taylor Gray scored to pull the Otters within one goal.
The Otters nearly equalized in the beginning of stoppage time when Paulos Beraki (Tusculum) had his shot punched away by the MOBA keeper to leave the Otters trailing by a goal. Stoppage time ended with MOBA running out the clock and another 4-3 loss.
However, several more records were broken during the game. First, the Otters broke their single-game shots record, recording 22 tonight, shattering the previous record of 16 set last season at MOBA. Also, Chtara continues to further the assist record, picking up his fourth tonight and moving into third for most points in a season with ten points. Segovia also scored his ninth goal of the season, extending his own record for both goals (9) and points (21).
The Otters will close out their season with three straight home games against the West Virginia Chaos (7th), Memphis City (10th), and Tormenta FC (14th). Tickets are available online on ottersoccer.com and the HappsNow app! First up is the Chaos at 7 PM this Saturday at Kermit-Tipton Stadium, we’ll see you there! #FearTheFur