For the first time ever the Otters have won back-to-back games after downing Peachtree City MOBA 2-0 on Saturday following their 4-0 midweek win over the Dynamo. The Otters two goals came from Spanish forward Guillermo Segovia (Ohio Valley), giving him seven for the season, breaking Leo Da Silva’s record of six goals set in the 2016 season. The win moves the Otters into fourth place in the division, one point behind the SC United Bantams.
For the second game in a row the Otters wasted little time getting on the board. A ball was played out wide to Taylor Gray (Lees-McRae) who passed the ball to Segovia who danced around the entire MOBA backline before firing a low ball into the bottom right corner to open the scoring.
The Otters continued to work the right side during the half with Gray continually getting to balls first and forcing the MOBA keeper to make several tough saves. After earning a free kick on the edge of the box, Jeremy De Hoog (Rio Grande) stepped up to take the free kick and his direct shot had to be saved. Henrique Devens (Tusculum) also tried to get an impressive goal of his own when he found himself unmarked at the top of the box and fired a rocket that the keeper had no choice but to punch out.
After coming out of halftime 1-0, the teams were forced into a weather delay that stopped the action for 30 minutes. When play resumed the Otters came out looking to double their lead, and they did in the 65th minute when Gray played a ball into a streaking Segovia who buried it.
From that point on MOBA threw numbers forward looking to get back into the game, but the backline of Blake Barribeau (Palm Beach Atlantic), Shalom Dutey (Liberty), Diego Thielen (Ohio Valley), and Guilherme Àvila (William Carey) once again neutralized numerous chances for the visitors. Barribeau continued to be a two-way threat holding off defenders, playing long balls, and taking the long throw-ins.
For the second game Tyler Pavlet (Lees-McRae) was not challenged too many times but when called into action he rose to the occasion. His best save came late in stoppage time when MOBA got an open header, but Pavlet soared to knock it out. The final whistle came shortly after and the Otters walked away victorious.
The Otters set several records in this match. As mentioned this was the first ever back-to-back wins for the club, and the 15 shots were good enough for second all-time in a single game. Segovia is now alone atop the scoring records in both points and goals. Segovia and Gray recorded five shots each, which are also tied for the most in a single game. Pavlet’s two shutouts this week also move him into a tie with Carlos Rubio and Torge Wiedenroth for the most ever, and his two wins are also tied with Torge for the most. As a team the Otters have also tied last year’s assist total for last season with nine.
The Otters close out their home stand next Wednesday, June 20th at 7 PM at Kermit-Tipton stadium against expansion side the Birmingham Hammers. Tickets are available on the HappsNow app and on ottersoccer.com! The World Cup is also in full swing so be sure to follow us on social media as we continue through our #WhyIRoot series throughout the tournament! #FearTheFur