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Match Preview: Peachtree City Meet Sliding Birmingham Away

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With just four matches remaining in the 2018 regular season, time is running short to make a run for the top of the table. Peachtree City have taken some advantage of their last few matches, picking up five of a possible nine points on the back of a club-record three match unbeaten streak, and following their draw with second-place Mississippi Brilla FC, Peachtree City now take a brief trip west to Birmingham for a battle with a sliding Birmingham Hammers side.
After jumping out to a very quick 1-0 lead against visiting Mississippi Brilla FC on Thursday, MOBA looked solid all around during the first half of the season's most physical match. The second half saw Brilla equalize with an absolute rocket from Gerber Chavez, and as time burned by, no winner looked imminent as fouls continued to pile up and prevent either side from gaining any momentum. As the eightieth minute passed, things got interesting when Mississippi had a chance to steal the lead, but a communication error resul…

Match Recap: Peachtree City Extend Unbeaten Streak to Three Matches

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It wasn't the result anybody really wanted, nor what the team needed, and it certainly makes things more difficult going forward, but it was a bit historic nonetheless. Coming off a win and a draw against Memphis City FC, MOBA really needed a win to keep playoff aspirations in reach. A draw would not make the playoffs impossible, but it certainly was not going to help. Going up against Mississippi, however, was no easy task, as they rode a six-match unbeaten streak and four-match winning streak into the meeting, but Peachtree City were determined to get something from the game.
Things got off to a dream start for MOBA in the rain, as just two minutes into the match, Rashid Alarape found John Cozine with a great ball inside the eighteen, and Cozine coolly buried the shot to give MOBA the lead on the fastest goal in club history. The Yellow and Black rode that momentum for the remainder of the first half, and they very easily could have gotten a second goal at any point in the fort…

Match Preview: MOBA-Brilla Battle in Peachtree City

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Peachtree City need to keep winning. It is as simple as that. If MOBA can keep getting three points every time out for the rest of the season, they will be sitting on twenty-seven points, which could see them into the playoffs. That task, however, will meet its first real test on Thursday, when Peachtree City welcome a red-hot Mississippi Brilla FC side into the suburbs.
With back-to-back matches against the last place team in the division last week, Peachtree City were not able to capitalize completely on the opportunity they had before them, but they did get some important results nonetheless. After conceding a goal to Memphis that nullified John Cozine opener, MOBA came right back and grabbed another late in the first half, this time from Morgan Hackworth, and the Yellow and Black were able to hold on for the 2-1 win. Two days later, the sides met again, and after a scoreless first half, Dean Foster and Peyton McKnatt traded second half goals as the two teams split the points. Fou…

Match Recap: Peachtree City Top Memphis City For Third Time in 2018

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After slipping in back-to-back matches to close their road stretch at 2-2-0, Peachtree City found themselves slipping down the table and out of the playoff race. If they wanted to turn the season around and get back into the hunt, MOBA needed to take advantage of this two-match set with Memphis City FC, who are last in the division, and MOBA had beaten twice earlier in the season. With the first meeting on Thursday, Peachtree City did just that.
Knowing what was at stake going up against a team that has already been eliminated from the playoff hunt, the opening minutes of the game went pretty heavily in favor of the home side, as MOBA were controlling possession, and it was Jerren Nixon who had the first shot of the night, but it was deflected and sent just over the cross bar. A minute later, however, Memphis City has a pristine opportunity to take the first lead, as a close range header was touched by Dziedzic just enough to push it into the post before he collected it on the line. …

Match Preview: Peachtree City Open Second Half of Season Against Memphis

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After such a promising start to the year that saw MOBA open 2-1-2 and reach the top of the table, back-to-back 2-0 away losses have sparked some fear that this season may degrade into a carbon copy of the previous two. As a result of the two losses and results across the division, South Georgia Tormenta FC and Mississippi Brilla FC are running away with the division, and if MOBA want to get themselves back into the race, it will require an immediate turn around and some immediate success. Thankfully, Peachtree City have back-to-back home fixtures against the perfect team.
A common theme throughout Peachtree City's most recent loss to the Tri-Cities Otters was disorganization. All ten of the field players seemed to be on completely different pages, and it cost them dearly. While there is no official count, MOBA couldn't have completed more than maybe 60% of their passes, as time after time balls were getting played straight into the teeth of the defense. A part of the issue ca…

Match Recap: Peachtree City Lose to Tri-Cities 2-0

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Informality Warning: This article contains content that breaks every rule of modern journalism. Absolutely no excuses. My job as a journalist is to give you the truth and the story of what happened. I, normally, don't speak in the first person or remove my bias towards Peachtree City MOBA when I write, but following the showing on June 16th, 2018 against Tri-Cities Otters, I feel it is justified. Following what I thought was a promising start at 2-1-2, hopes that MOBA will even sniff the playoffs are quickly being shattered. Following back-to-back wins, it is becoming obvious why those wins happened. Memphis City FC are without question the worst team in the division, if not in the entire Southern Conference. It is shocking that they were able to draw with Mississippi Brilla FC early in the season with the little talent that they have, but they have done nothing but lose since. Peachtree City took advantage of a downtrodden, broken Memphis side that did not adjust to the shift fr…

Match Preview: Peachtree City-Tri-Cities Renew Their Rivalry

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After a very strong 2-1-2, Peachtree City MOBA stumbled on their own feet in Statesboro on Wednesday when they fell to their in-state rivals South Georgia Tormenta FC 2-0 in the final regular season installment of the Georgia Clásico before Tormenta enter the professional ranks. While the season is far from over, that loss really hurt MOBA's chances at the division title, given that Tormenta are unbeaten thus far. That does not mean the playoffs are out of the picture, however, as there is still a lot to fight for, but Peachtree City need to bounce back immediately.
Now sitting at 2-2-2, MOBA are fifth in the division, only one point back of third-place SC United, but eight points back of Tormenta in second. The season is not over, and if MOBA can get back on a hot streak, they could be battling for a playoff spot come July. In order to do that, they need to take advantage of what they have in front of them: three straight matches against the bottom two teams in the division. MOB…

Match Preview: MOBA Looks to Extend Win Streak to 3 Games

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Peachtree City's Yellow and Black are looking to gain another three points on the road as they face Tormenta FC in the final Georgia PDL Clásico as Tormenta FC will be joining USL Division III in 2019. Entering the derby, MOBA is hoping to build off their two consecutive wins against Memphis City FC to extend their winning streak and climb the table past the Birmingham Hammers.

After five games into the season, MOBA sits in fourth place in the Deep South Division of the Southern Conference with a record of 2-1-2 and eight points. The Yellow and Black are currently having their best start to a PDL season and sit in fourth place, only behind third placed Birmingham Hammers because of goal difference. MOBA has shown that they have the potential to achieve great things on the pitch and the fans will be hoping they can continue in their good vein of form against Tormenta.
Tormenta is undefeated with a record of 4-0-1 and sit in second place and they've scored ten goals while conce…

Progress Report: Peachtree City Flying High After First Five Matches

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Well, this is certainly uncharted territory for Peachtree City MOBA. Following abysmal starts to both 2016 and 2017, Peachtree City find themselves leaps and bounds ahead of where they were following the first third of the 2018 season. The offense is playing great, the defense is coming together, the midfield is as strong as it has ever been, and Omar Jarun has officially made this club into a threat within their division. There is still a lot of soccer left to be played this season, but one can only expect Peachtree City to continue to build off of this strong opening to the season.
After a 1-4-0 start to 2016 and a 0-4-1 start to 2017, Peachtree City have come out of the gates hot, boasting a 2-1-2 record on the back of a division-high thirteen goals scored. MOBA started off the season a little less than optimally with back-to-back 2-2 home draws against South Georgia Tormenta FC and Birmingham Hammers, both of which were blown 2-1 second half leads. Those draws were followed up wi…

Match Preview: Peachtree City Search for Back-to-Back Wins Against Memphis

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There were questions early on about whether or not this is the best MOBA team we have ever seen. Despite what looked like a good sign with two draws to start the season, a 4-2 home loss to SC United kept the optimism in check. Heading into Memphis, Peachtree City were looking to bounce back and prove that they are a threat to Tormenta FC and Mississippi Brilla FC at the top of the division, something this club has not been in their history. Needless to say, the questions have been asked, and the answers have arrived, and now Peachtree City has every reason to be excited about what is to come.
The match between Memphis and Peachtree City got off to a fast start at Christian Brothers University, as Memphis jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead on the back of Gideon Leteyian's goal before Peachtree City would equalize with a goal from Artur De Luca in his debut. Memphis then retook the lead when Sean Rutter side-stepped Konrad Dziedzic and scored in the empty net, however John Cozine equal…