Moore scores a deuce, leads AFC to victory

Moore shots, Moore goals. 

AFC Columbia takes 10 shots, scoring twice in a 2-0 win against Junction FC. Both goals came from forward Jacob Moore.

The first goal  came during the 7th minute, after a game of tic-tac-toe with fellow forward Breck McGrail gave Moore a breakaway in the box. Moore finished past the goalkeeper, burying the shot in the bottom-left part of the net. 

The second goal came in the 52nd minute, after Moore took a shot right outside the box on a pass from Ilhan Dervisevic. Moore’s shot reached just past the outstretched hands of the keeper once again. 

After only scoring one goal in their first two MWPL matches combined, the offense exploded with 10 shots and two goals. This included a pair of shots that rang off the post.

“It was what we worked on all week, we did a great job [creating chances] tonight,” Moore said after the match. 

Despite losing the possession battle, AFC Columbia kept a clean sheet while allowing less than five shots. The stifling defense kept junction out of the box, frustrating attackers in the midfield with smart positioning and quick feet.

“The four guys that played in the back did an unbelievable job,” Moore said. “It was hot, we had to use a lot of subs, it took the whole team. We’re all pretty happy about it.”

With the win AFC moves up to the No. 4 spot in the MWPL Gateway division, jumping ahead of several teams with the big three points.

“We haven’t played poorly all year,” head coach Chris Miller. “Every team is good…we have to take advantage of being at home.”

AFC Columbia will play their next game at home, facing off against Club Atletico STL for the second time this season. The game will be played at R Marvin Owens Field at Columbia College on Friday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m.