AFC Columbia takes on Junction FC in return to MWPL action

After a two-week hiatus, MWPL action is back on the menu for AFC Columbia. For the first time in three weeks, it takes place back at home at R Marvin Owens Stadium on Saturday, June 8. 

Game time has been moved to 6 p.m., and is Columbia Public Schools Night at the pitch, meaning any kids wearing CPS shirts gain free admission. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids, while any youth player coming to the game in their kit will receive free admission.

This will be the second match at home in a row for Columbia after taking on the Santa Fe Wanderers in a friendly last Saturday. AFC scored once in the game, early in the first half thanks to a penalty kick from Breck McGrail in the first 10 minutes. This was the second goal of the season for Breck, scoring in the friendly against Santa Fe on the road, helping in the 2-0 win.

McGrail is a mid-Missouri local, growing up in nearby Jefferson City. He is ready to enter his fourth year as a member of the William Woods men’s soccer program. During his junior year, McGrail registered a career-high five goals and six assists during his junior season.

This is the first year of Junction FC based out of Decatur, Illinois. The club currently holds two points after draws against Cedar Rapids Inferno and St. Louis Stars FC. 

The club’s president, Abby Hammer  has made great strides in women’s soccer with her involvement with HerGameToo, an organization run by female football fans to raise awareness of sexist abuse in the game. 

Junction FC served as the replacement for FC Diablos, based out of Bloomington, Illinois. One Columbia player, Michael Hansen, previously played for Diablos before making the move to AFC this season.

This will be the first ever meeting between the two clubs, taking place at R Marvin Owens Stadium at Columbia College on Saturday, June 8 at 6 p.m.

Stats to Watch:

AFC has won the possession battle in every game including both friendlies and MWPL games. 

Columbia has only allowed two goals in league play, neither came during the course of running play.