The first double-header of the season resulted in two wins for Asheville City Soccer Club Friday night. The blazing heat did not deter either team from giving their best effort on the pitch or the amazing support by the loyal South Slope Blues.
The men’s team opened the night with a 3-1 win against the Dalton Red Wolves. After a chippy start, Quentin Huerman opened the game scoring a PK to give a 1-0 lead for the Men.
“We went through some adversity at the beginning of the game. Getting the penalty kick allowed the game to calm down a bit, we were able to dictate the tempo after that,” head coach Scott Wells said.
The second half began with a pair of substitutions seeing Kemy Amiche and Jason Gun entering the game. The Blues scored two of their own, while the Red Wolves retaliated with a lone goal in the 63rd minute.
Team captain Ryan Baer took the ball himself in the 47th minute and scored, bombing it into the back of the net. Later, Man of the Match, Clay Obara, scored off a free kick in the 58th minute to bring the men up to their final tally of three goals for the night.
“It definitely took a minute for us to find our feet, but once we did and settled down, we really impressed them," said Clay Obarra. "It was great to score my first goal in front of the Blues and give that back to them”
Although the boys didn’t finish with a clean sheet, they dominated and held on to the game in order to finish with a final score of 3-1.
Following the men’s win, the women’s team made their USL W league debut and earned a 3-0 win against NC Fusion.
In the 12th minute Alyssa Frazier notched the team’s first goal of the season off of a PK to give the women a 1-0 lead.
Cami Johnstone quickly capitalized on the momentum with a solo goal hitting upper 90º in the 19th minute. Cami was later named Woman of the Match.
“We trained hard this week, we put in a lot of work, and it all came together,” Johnstone said.
After halftime, Addison Porter notched a goal in the 61st minute to extend the lead to 3-0. Later, on the Blue’s second substitution of the game, goalkeeper Emory Wagener entered the match immediately seeing some action but was able to hold out and keep the clean sheet.
“I’m very excited and I think we did very well for the first game,” Head Coach Jimena Rojas said. “The more games we play together, we will have an even better connection.
The Women’s team returns to action on Tuesday May 24 against the NC Courage in Cary, NC. On the same day the men travel to Statesboro, GA to face Tormenta FC. Two huge games for the Blues.
“We are really excited to travel to Raleigh, it'll be a tough game but I think we are going to pull through and take home a win,” Johnstone said.