The Seacoast United Phantoms had all three teams in action this weekend for a total of four games in four states. The NPSL squad travelled to New York and New Jersey for games on both Saturday and Sunday, while the PDL squad faced MPS Portland Phoenix in Portland, ME and WPSL squad vs. Boston Aztec in Byfield, Massachusetts.
NPSL Phantoms On the Road - NY/NJ
A skeleton NPSL squad made the journey to New York and New Jersey this weekend for games against the Morris County Colonials and NY Red Bull.
The first game on Saturday evening ended in a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Morris County Colonials despite being the dominant force during the game. Seacoast’s goal was scored by Kyle Urso following a corner from Paul Latif that was only half cleared by the defense, allowing Urso the opportunity to shoot hard and low into the far corner of the net. Colonials’ opening goal was scored in the first half when the center-midfield player fought his way past four challenges before toe poking the ball low into the corner of the net with GK Thomas Conran totally screened.
Seacoast’s retaliated ten minutes into the second half, from that moment there only looked like there would be one winner. Unfortunately from a rare attack the Colonials won a free kick just outside the box which resulted in a direct free kick going straight in under the legs of GK Conran. Seacoast replied by hitting the post and bar with shots from Latif and Smith but Colonials held on to secure the victory.
The following day, Seacoast United faced NY Red Bull in a totally different game with the fresh players of Red Bull taking advantage of the tired limbs of the Phantoms. Seacoast did very well with Jordan Thomas and Rich Weinrebe as the standouts. Weinrebe was playing only his second game since three knee operations.
The game started with Red Bull looking to utilize their superior pace but found it difficult to create clear cut chances and became frustrated against a well marshaled defense. It looked to be a stalemate in the first half when two minutes into injury time GK Conran came for a ball from a corner but failed to make contact allowing a Red Bull player to shoot across goal where it was turned in from point-blank range.
After half time Seacoast tried to claw their way back into the game and had shots from Evan Borakus and Dylan George. As they pushed on for the equalizer ,they left space at the back which was exploited by Red Bull who scored three more goals; one from a quick counter attack allowing the striker to race away and score low into the corner, the third from a free kick over the wall into the upper 90 and the fourth from a cross from Seacoast’s right which was turned in at the far post from close range. The game resulted in a 4-0 defeat for the Phantoms.
Overall this was a good trip with several players gaining much needed match fitness after lengthy layoffs. The Phantoms return to action in an NPSL matchup on Sunday, June 12th vs. NY Athletic Club with a 12pm kickoff.
PDL Phantoms Fall To MPS Portland Phoenix
PORTLAND, ME - Seacoast took a lead in the hard fought game v MPS Phoenix through a great header from midfielder James Palumbo after 24 minutes from a great cross field ball from Joey Barima. Chances went begging for both teams as they endured a midfield battle and eventually a free kick from 25yards by midfielder Joel Theissen tied things up after 32 minutes.
Barima and James Palumbo were getting wide in behind the MPS defense time and time again but could not get the final touch.
Jesse Schram entered the game for Seacoast at half time and with Steve Palumbo in the heart of midfield, together they began to stamp their authority with vital passes and tackles throughout. Chances at both ends were a part of a physical battle. This then erupted when Chris Tsonis and the center back from MPS were involved in an altercation which resulted in both players ejected from the field. Within seconds of this, an off-the-ball incident at the other half of the field saw Phantoms’ Alex Hussein and a striker from MPS ejected.
Now with nine v nine players the game was stretched out and with virtually the last kick of the game, a defensive error from a Seacoast player just 25 yards out allowed MPS Parker Duncan to score what turned out to be the winning goal.
Hussein, Tsonis, Barima, James Goodwin, James and Steven Palumbo all played well for Seacoast who now entertain Ottawa Fury next Sunday, June 12th at Portsmouth High School. Kick off is scheduled for 5:00pm
Boston Aztec Top Seacoast United Phantoms 3-0
BYFIELD, MA - The Seacoast United Phantoms Women’s team took on the defending National Champions on Sunday at Governor’s Academy in Byfield , MA. “This was a case of a side composed of college players going up against a side of professional players,” commented Matt Sprague, Seacoast United Phantoms General Manager. Seacoast United faced a very difficult opponent with a shortened squad. The team had many first time players involved for the weekend’s game. Defenders Allison Wilson and Camille Smith did an amazing job in a difficult situation. “As first time players on the team, I was extremely impressed with their performance,” said Head Coach Tony Wallis.
The next game for the Seacoast United Phantoms Women is Sunday, June 12th at 2:30pm at Portsmouth High School as they host the Albany Alleycats.