by Marissa Blackman
The South Atlantic Division of PDL has proven to be a showcase of talent and plenty of goals. In two weeks of competition, twenty-five goals have been scored by eight different teams. Carolina Dynamo is the only club that has completed a match without scoring at least once.
Tobacco Road FC sits at the top of the table with four points. It is the only club in the South Atlantic Division that has played two matches so far. (Both matches were the first match of the season for the opposing team.) This club is certainly showing its scoring prowess. The Tobacco Road season began with a 2-2 draw against North Carolina FC U23. TRFC scored four goals in a 4-0 demolishing of Carolina Dynamo.
Tobacco Road is the only club that has been able to distinguish itself from the pack so far. The rest of the clubs in the division are all tied up, as far as points are concerned. Nashville FC U23 both have three points from their respective season-opening victories. NCFC U23, South Georgia Tormenta FC, and Myrtle Beach Mutiny all managed to take a point from their respective season-opening draws. Wilmington Hammerheads FC, Peachtree City MOBA, and Carolina Dynamo have yet to gain a point after starting the season with a loss.
Tri-Cities Otters and SC United Bantams are the last two remaining clubs in the conferences that have yet to play a PDL regular season match. The two clubs will kick the season off with a match against each other on May 23rd.
Although one game is not nearly enough to make any solid predictions as far as the rest of the season, there was a clear line drawn in the proverbial sandbox between the winning and losing clubs. All three of the clubs that lost in the first two game weeks are left with lead-like negative goal differentials as low as negative 5. Conversely, the three clubs that won scored six goals a piece (for TRFC this was over two matches) and have positive goal differentials of up to 5.
Despite the marked difference, there is no need for any clubs to despair just yet. There are still over ten games, and over thirty points, up for grabs for each team in the division. With soccer, anything can happen. Only time will tell how each team develops as the season goes on.