The Myrtle Beach Mutiny opened up the 2015 NPSL season with a hard fought 4-3 victory against conference rivals FC Carolina Discoveries on the road at Manchester Meadows, Rock Hill, SC. After a nervy first half performance that saw the Mutiny 2-1 down at the break, it was midfielder Aksel Juul who was the catalyst in a rallying second half display that saw the Mutiny fire themselves into a 4-2 lead before being pegged back to 4-3 late in the game.
Juul, a Freshman from Newcastle, England (Wingate University), capped off a fine second half display with two goals and an assist to help his team see off the Discoveries. The game changer, Juul was a constant threat for the Mutiny making countless runs from deep in behind the Discoveries defense, and it was some smart combination play with teammate Charlie Machell that resulted in Juul equalizing for the Mutiny within the first five minutes of the restart. After smart play from Brett Luccia down the left hand sided Machell laid it off for Juul, who bent it around a defender and past the outstretched goalkeeper into the far post.
As the game went on the Mutiny grew in confidence and with Juul spearheading much of their best offensive work it wasn’t long until they found themselves in the lead. After more good work down the left hand side from Brett Luccia, it was Juul’s extravagant back heel that put Ryan Arambula through on goal for the University of South Carolina midfielder to confidently slot the ball home. Two minutes later Juul become the match winner when he found himself in behind the Discoveries defense and was able to squeeze the ball past the on rushing goalkeeper from what seemed like an impossible angle. Juul continued to work tirelessly for his team as the Mutiny were able to close out the game and record their first win of the season, and three vital points on the road.