The Boys in Blue came away victorious Saturday night with a win 3-1 against Peachtree City MOBA in front of another capacity crowd at Greenwood Field.
Undoubtedly, the game was chippy from the start. By the end of the first half, there had been well over a dozen combined fouls between the teams.
The first foul came just seconds into the contest as the Blues received a free kick just outside of the box. Jamie Smith and Mario Arrocha stood over the ball, but it was the latter who put boot to leather. Arrocha’s left-footed shot screamed along the pitch as it curled just beyond the extended reach of the keeper and into the left corner of the net. The goal was the earliest in club history and Arrocha’s first of the campaign.
“It feels great to finally score a goal. I’ve been working hard in these games, but I didn’t get a score. So, it feels great, especially getting a win,” Arrocha said. “This is the standard we just gotta keep going.”
It did not take long for the visitors to respond. Reinhardt University graduate Todd Fidler nailed an impressive goal from outside the box that just sailed beyond the fingertips of goalkeeper Will Watson. The 1-1 scoreline would hold for the remainder of the half.
Asheville City came running out of the gates to start the second half. Jamie Smith’s thruball freed midfielder Joe LaCasto into open space along the right wing. LaCasto’s cheeky chip into the box found Jack Stainrod, who beat the goalie to the cross and tapped the ball towards the open goal.
Stainrod bagged a brace in the 70th minute after a deflection from a Kyle McCurly shot fell to his feet. The English forward thanked his captain McCurly after blasting the ball off the left post and into the net for his club-leading fourth goal of the season.
“It feels fantastic, especially in front of the fans. Having the fans behind me, it feels like having a 12th man out on the field,” Stainrod said. “In the second half Mick really got us going in the locker room and that’s what really got the energy going for us.”
The win allows the Blues to improve to a 3-1-2 record, good for ten points and third place in the USL2 Deep South Division. City trails league leaders SC United Bantams by four points. Second place Southern Georgia Tormenta 2 own 12 points and play last-placed East Atlanta on Tuesday.
ACSC will close their three-game home stretch this Saturday against Dalton Red Wolves. The two sides met previously in the second game of the season when a reduced to ten-men Blues lost to their hosts 1-0.
At one point, Dalton was the second placed team in the Deep South Division. Now sitting in fifth, the Red Wolves will be desperate for points as they sit outside of USL2 playoff position.
There are a limited number of tickets remaining for Saturday’s clash, which is an expected sell out. ACSC have yet to lose at home thanks to the support of the Blue faithful. Tickets can be found here.