MOBA at the Collegiate Level: 2nd Edition
Week two of NCAA soccer comes to a close, and with that, everything is beginning to take form. The best teams are racking up the wins, and the worst are, well, not having the best time. Player success, however, is not based on wins and losses, but how well each individual player performs in the heat of the moment. MOBA players have seen success so far this season, and this week we take a look at some of the big stories featuring members of the 2016 Peachtree City squad, including both dominance, and heartbreak.
King, Smith, Nakhli take the Lake
Clayton State is one of two schools that features multiple talents off the MOBA squad, along with Georgia State. Despite sitting at 0-3, including a tough 2-0 loss to #5 Palm Beach Atlantic, MOBA players Ryan King, Iain Smith, and Bilal Nakhli are off to strong starts. All three players played in the first three games, and Smith and King are responsible for all four Laker goals this year, including Ryan King's hat trick against Barry. Smith has also picked up an assist, and Nakhli is one of the most used players on the team with 233 minutes.. Clayton State looks to finally get off the ground and bring an end to their defensive struggles as they continue their Florida road trip at Eckerd.
Spielman Down for the Count
The East Tennessee State Bucs are a different story. After four games, the Bucs sit at 2-2, including strong home wins against George Mason and Appalachian State. However, the story with Bucs and MOBA midfielder Nick Spielman is not quite as pleasant. After starting in the first three games and racking up 225 minutes, Spielman went down with a broken foot, and is now out for several weeks. A key member of the defensive strategy for head coach Jordan Davis in Peachtree City, Spielman's presence will be missed in Johnson City, as the Bucs have a rough upcoming schedule, including a road game against #1 North Carolina.
Hein leads BYU-Hawai'i into the New Year
Being in the second division of NCAA soccer, the BYU-Hawai'i Seasiders begin their new season Saturday at home against Hawai'i Pacific. Hein, a standout player in Peachtree City, helped lead MOBA to their first ever home win, scoring a late stoppage time goal against Tri-Cities. Now, Jessey looks to lead the Seasiders to a successful campaign, as he gets his first taste of PacWest soccer. A conference championship contender, coach Dan Dümmar believes the chemistry of the returners and recruits can work to the advantage of the 8th ranked Seasiders.