A record breaking crowd of 807 was on hand in Mobile, Alabama at the Archbishop Lipscomb Athletic Complex to see AFC Mobile fall in its inaugural match by a score of 2-1 to the Gulf Coast Texans of Pensacola, Florida.
The Texans opened the scoring early when Dillon Gallet raced down the left-hand side of the pitch and sent a shot soaring inside the far post from a tight angle. The Texans continued to control possession until the 32nd minute, when Moses Muhubao netted AFC Mobile’s first ever goal after receiving a beautiful ball over the Texans’ back line, smashing it past Texans goalkeeper Rudy Seelmann.
“It was great to see the large crowd. The boys fed off their energy and it was an unbelievable home atmosphere,” said head coach Nate Nicholas. “When we scored, the crowd was electric.”
The Texans nearly regained the lead when Felipe Lawall’s shot ricocheted off the upright. Minutes later, the Texans went back up after Gallet scored his second goal of the night. Soon after, Mobile failed to convert a free kick after the Texans’ Stephen Munoz was shown a yellow card. KC Espoir nearly leveled the score for Mobile in stoppage time of the first half, but his shot from outside the box was easily saved.