Another late goal continued the Otters’ road woes this season, despite them scoring their first road goal of the season. The Otters had chances, but were never able to convert and expand their lead, falling 2-1 against MOBA.
Peachtree City started on the front foot, looking to get an early goal against the Otters. They had a few clear chances but goalkeeper Carlos Rubio (Ohio Valley) was able to keep the game level.
The Otters eventually settled in and were able to take the lead when Sam Amure (Carson-Newman) headed home a Conner Haney (John Brown) corner kick. The assist moved Haney into a tie with Dion Stergiotis (Carson-Newman) for the most this season for the team.
MOBA continued to apply pressure, but the backline of Amure, Dario Ljubic (Tusculum), Jeremy Tshongo (Appalachian State), and Sam Hall (Tusculum) all made several key tackles deep in their own territory to snuff out MOBA attacks.
The Otters took their 1-0 lead into halftime and started the second half in a frenzy looking to double their lead. Roberto Soares (Pfeiffer) made his return to the starting lineup and recorded four shots, including a free kick that hit the top corner of the crossbar.
MOBA equalized in the 75th minute when they were able to get out on the counterattack and get numbers into the box. With the Otters outnumbered, MOBA forward Todd Fidler was left unmarked and finished easily to tie the game.
The game-winner came in the 84th minute when Edmundo Robinson got behind the defense and was just able to poke the ball past Rubio.
The Otters had a couple half-chances over the last ten minutes, but were not able to grab the equalizer, losing their fourth game on the road by one goal this season.
The Otters return to Kermit-Tipton Stadium on Friday, June 30th when they face Tormenta FC at 7:00 PM, hoping to extend their home-unbeaten streak to five games. Tickets are available at ottersoccer.com, along with more information about the team and events!