This past weekend officially started the second half of Seacoast United’s U.S. Soccer Development Academy Program. Both the Pre-Academy and Academy squads were in action with games taking place on Saturday and Sunday in New York. Our performance as a club was very good when compared to the time of year, our competitors, and what our club’s focus has been during the winter.
On Saturday, Seacoast United were evenly matched across the board with Gottschee Pre-Academy and Academy squads. Four of the five games were separated by one goal. Results for our Academy program against Gottschee’s program doesn’t just reflect on score but overall players’ engagement, our ability to compete, and our style of play are some of the aspects we use to evaluate our progress. Despite not getting the wins against Gottschee, our players displayed quality on and off the ball. The gap is closing between our program and this historical power house formally called Cosmos.
On Sunday, Seacoast United played the Met Oval program and totally dominated in all aspects of the game. We were victorious in four of the five games with an overall goal differential of 15 goals for to 5 against. The boys did us PROUD!!!! Overall good weekend for our Academy program.
17/18 Development Academy Match Reports:
BW Gotchee 3-2 Seacoast – Aviator Complex, NY
The U18’s took an early lead through Gunnar Ericsson. Andre Simmond picked up the ball deep in midfield and hit a probing through ball in behind the Gotchee back four for Ericsson to finish coolly. Gotchee got on top of the game after the goal and forced Bergen into action, before a bad turnover gifted Gotchee an equalizer. Gotchee took the lead after half-time with some neat interchange play in midfield and as Seacoast pushed for an equalizer, scored the third on the counter. Charlie Kelly delivered an excellent free-kick from the right for Frantdzy Pierrot to tap in, but Seacoast had left too much too late in the end. Man of the Match: Nick Bergen.
Met Oval 0-2 Seacoast – Metropolitan Oval, NY
A handful of dominating performances in midfield from Andre Simmond, Ryan Sharby, and Erik MArtel allowed the U18’s the platform to control the tempo of the weekend’s second game. Some excellent passing combinations from Riley Ellis and Ellis Masterman down the right hand side gave Seacoast the first clear chance of the game midway through he first half, but the Met Oval keeper was equal to Deslyn Pierrot’s volley. Seacoast continued to implement a short passing game out of the back and a couple of careless turnovers gave Met Oval chances, but Sam Milbury and Wyatt Ormsberg were equal to the challenge and snuffed out any effort on Elijah Leverret’s goal. As the game wore on Seacoast continued a tight grip on possession and a break down the middle saw Erik Martel slipped in through the inside left channel. Martel droved the to the touch line and squared the ball back to the penalty spot where a streaking Andre Simmond slotted home. From then on there was little doubt of the result and a Gotchee goalkeeping error gifted Frantzdy Pierrot the second goal. Man of the match: Andre Simmond.