The 2019 home campaign kicks off for AFC Ann Arbor as they welcome Kalamazoo FC to their new digs at Concordia University on Mother’s Day. May 12th at 3 PM is the date and time for the home opener as The Mighty Oak look to build off a successful first league match and gain a jump on the rest of the teams in the Great Lakes Conference.
The Mother’s Day clash comes at the tail end of a busy three-game week for AFCAA where they traveled to Pontiac last Saturday, before making the trek to Lansing on Wednesday. The former of the two matches saw The Mighty Oak come from behind in the second half to topple a ten-man Michigan Stars side thanks to a pair of goals from Jordan Montoya. The mid-week USOC tie saw Alex Alexis score the first Open Cup goal in club history, but ultimately The Mighty Oak fell to their professional opposition, Lansing Ignite. Back in the league, though, AFCAA will look to regroup and push forward.
This fixture last season saw Kalamazoo beaten 4-0 by AFC thanks to four goals in fourteen minutes at the end of the first half. Kalamazoo were unable to find a goal in 270 minutes of competition against The Mighty Oak last season, but one of those matches was a 0-0 draw, and AFC also needed a late-winner to push past KZFC in the Michigan Milk Cup. Mother’s Day itself also holds a special place in club lore as Moco Watson scored a game-winning goal in the 92nd minute in the 2018 home opener to defeat Detroit City FC. The positive results of a season ago could, hopefully, for The Mighty Oak, inspire more happy moments to come in the near future.
This match marks the season opener in the league for Kalamazoo FC. This match will be the second of three straight matches where AFCAA face another side in their NPSL league opener. Last season saw the side finish fifth for the second consecutive season in the Great Lakes Conference. They saved the best for last in their campaign as they scored nine goals in their final two matches, both wins. With increasing stability within the set-up of the club, they remain a side to watch both this season and the not-so-distant future, as they will hope to continue moving up in the standings.
All Time Record
AFC Ann Arbor has 6 wins, 1 draw, 0 losses in 7 meetings vs Kalamazoo FC
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