The Asheville City men’s team returned to their winning ways on Tuesday with a 1-0 win against the Tri-Cities Otters. The win did not come under normal circumstances as the game ended at halftime due to an on-field power outage.
The first half of the game was scoreless with a few yellow cards and teams sharing possession. Not until stoppage time did the game become extremely eventful.
During the 17th minute, a Tri-Cities player entered the book for a tackle against Ryan Baer. Then in the 20th minute ACSC player Quenzi Huerman received a yellow.
Finally, in stoppage time Kemy Amiche broke away and sped to the goal to score his seventh of the season giving the Blues a 1-0 lead.
Right after, the Otters were given an opportunity to score on a penalty kick but missed by a mile allowing the Blues to keep the lead.
Just after halftime, the game had a significant delay when the field suffered a power outage. This delay ended up being final as the referees called the game, giving ACSC a 1-0 win.
After this game, the team will have a short break before getting back into action. Head coach Scott Wells believes this break will benefit the players.
“When you’re traveling constantly it is important to give them some time for themselves. The guys are going to get some rest. Then, we will get back going on July 1,” Wells said.
The men’s team remains in the running for playoffs as the top two teams in the South Central Division get a bid. Asheville City, One Knoxville, and South Georgia Tormenta FC are the main contenders for the playoff bid.
The men’s team returns to Memorial Stadium on July 6 against South Carolina United FC with a 7:30 p.m. kick off.