Hooligans clinch back-to-back championships

The MOF Hooligans gather around the spring 2017 intramural soccer championship trophy May 31 after defeating Security Forces 3-0. The team also won last season’s tournament in fall 2016. Names have been withheld in accordance with an Air Combat Command directive for the personal safety of its Airmen. (Air Force photo by John Parker)

The MOF Hooligans gather around the spring 2017 intramural soccer championship trophy May 31 after defeating Security Forces 3-0. The team also won last season’s tournament in fall 2016. Names have been withheld in accordance with an Air Combat Command directive for the personal safety of its Airmen. (Air Force photo by John Parker)

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. --

The MOF Hooligans seized their second base championship in a row in a convincing 3-0 shutout of 72nd Security Forces Squadron on May 31.

The 552nd Air Control Wing Maintenance Operations Flight dominated the offensive momentum in the first half. Steady attacks paid off in the first score about 20 minutes in. MOF almost got their second goal a minute later, but the shot bounced over the bar.

The Hooligans’ second goal came off a center attack and a kick from about 10 yards out just before halftime.

SFS, undefeated in the regular season, stepped up their offense in the second half. Scoring opportunities included two corner kicks and plenty of goal pressure in the first 10 minutes.

The Hooligan offense was spotty until about the 20-minute mark. MOF’s defense snagged back the ball after an SFS corner kick, and a lightning run down field resulted in a score from 10 yards out for the final goal. The Hooligans’ player/coach Chris said the game marked the team’s third finals appearance and second championship.

“I couldn’t be prouder of my guys,” he said. “They were great. Security forces competed very well, and I know they were missing some of their guys. But we won today. We played better, and I’m happy.”

The Hooligans were the fall 2016 intramural champions. The abbreviated spring soccer season started in April and included five teams.