After four straight losses, Rocket City United took a step in the right direction in their second to last road game this season.
Playing away to the Georgia Revolution, a team tied for second in the region going into the game, RCU snagged two away goals to capture all three points and resurrect some hope for their season.
"That's twice this year that we've gone away from home and won 2-0. It was good, the lads worked hard and we got that little bit of luck today," said head coach Gerry Cleary after the game.
Luck had a hand in both goals, but each was also the result of hard work and persistence on the part of the players who created them.
The first came in the 8th minutes when forward Andrew Nkurunungi chested down a long ball, sprinted to the goal line and crossed the ball into a dangerous area where it was deflected into the goal.
The Revs created their own chances, but a strong defensive effort and good goalkeeping when called upon by Tyler Earley held off the home team through the first half.
Nkurunungi continued to terrorize the Georgia defense, and just five minutes into the second half, Rocket City had a chance to double their lead from the penalty spot after the forward was taken down. The spot kick was saved, however, and RCU would have to wait to finish off their opponents.
He pounced on another opportunity in the 72nd minute the Revs goalkeeper overcommitted and found himself caught outside of the box. Nkurunungi acted quickly to get to the ball and cross it into the box where Kenniel Hyde was able to head it into the open goal.
"You're always going to miss opportunities," said Cleary. "The one thing I was happy with today was that we created opportunities but we finished them and we scored them. We've been creating opportunities all year but we haven't scored them."
The clean sheet on the road was just as important, as Cleary barked at his players in the closing minutes to remain vigilant.
"I'm big about clean sheets, I'm big about scoring. But the big thing is we gave up goals late against Atlanta we gave up goals late against Chattanooga so I've just made notes to get on them and make sure they concentrate."
Big performances from substitutes, among them 18 year old Eric Ly at right fullback, also helped to close out the match.
Rocket City United will return to the area next weekend when they visit the Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves. They will hope to continue their strong away form this season.
"It'll be a good game too, hopefully we put it away early. We met this week and we talked as a team about concentrating and getting the win and we worked hard today and got that win.
"That's our third away win so we've only lost to Chattanooga. I think we're an away team so it's good, we've got to win away and then come back and win two at home."