AFC Columbia guts out 2-1 win over Club Atletico STL

After three goals in the first half, AFC Colombia won a narrow 2-1 thriller over Club Atletico St. Louis in front of a record crowd.

Jacob Moore continued his goal-scoring hot streak with a third goal in the past two games. After winning a 50-50 ball against his defender, Moore dribbled into the box before sliding a shot past the left hand of the Atletico goalkeeper in the 14th minute. 

Photo taken by Adyson Photos

Atletico responded after a chip shot goal in the 30th minute to finally beat goalkeeper John Amoah during running play in an MWPL game. This was the first time that Amoah had been allowed a goal in a conference match during running play after 210 minutes. 

With the game still tied minutes before the half, a header from Samuel Appiah found its way into the back of the net during the 44th minute. After a strong cross from Moore placed the ball at the head of Max Juengerman, striking the crossbar while drawing the goalkeeper on the attempt. With the ball sitting perilously in midair, Appiah recentered before directing the ball into the net with the top of his cranium.

This marked the closest goal to the half scored by AFC Columbia this season.

“I have the goal to be a super-sub, and I did my thing today,” Appiah said after the match.

Both teams were held scoreless, despite plenty of attempts from both sides. Atletico had several opportunities that were either pushed high or wide, or into the waiting arms of Amoah.

In the final minute defender Rece Gilmore forced three clears to finally seal the deal on the victory for the home team.

“We’ve got some experience back there, we’ve got a very good goalkeeper…we knew they were going to have to come at us,” head coach Chris Miller said after the match.

With the win AFC Columbia rockets to 2-1-1 in MWPL Action, ranking tied for No. 3 in the Gateway standings. A majority of this success has come at R Marvin Owens Field, with an undefeated home record in MWPL play. 

The win came in front of a record 362 fans, showing loud support for the mid-Missouri team.

“We are so thankful,” Miller said. “I can’t tell you how much time we put in [during] the off-season to get ready for this two-month window…we’re super appreciative of people giving their time to come out and support us.”
AFC Columbia has a quick turnaround, traveling to Iowa on Sunday, June 16 to face Southeast Soccer Academy at 3 p.m.

The next home game for AFC will be next Saturday, 8 p.m. at R Marvin Owens Field against the St. Louis Stars.