Seacoast United Phantoms opened their 2013 home schedule on June 2nd at University of New Hampshire, looking to bounce back after the loss away to NE Mutiny a couple of weeks ago to open the season. The opposition for this game was CFC Passion (CT) and the Phantoms started the game brightly creating three opportunities in the first ten minutes. Unfortunately none of these chances could be taken with the Passion goalkeeper pulling off a couple of good saves to deny Rachel Hill and score remained 0-0.
The Phantoms eventually found the break through around 25 minutes into the game when Emma Clark, who controlled the midfield, played a through ball for Rachel Hill to run onto and place past the keeper. The rest of the first half started to even out and was more of a midfield battle with both teams trying to keep possession of the ball to create chances.
At the start of the second half, with the score at 1-0, CFC Passion came out right from the start and upped the tempo of their performance by pressing the Phantoms high and trying to penetrate their defense. Jamie Gillis, Phantoms GK, was called into action right away pulling of a great near post save to keep the score at 1-0. The Phantoms eventually found their feet in the second half and started keeping possession of the ball much better which started to open up the Passion defense. The Phantoms were able to find a second goal when Rachel Morrier found Hill just outside the box, and she was able to drive and fire the ball home for the second goal.
The Phantoms were not finished and continued to press the Passion team when not in possession of the ball, and this hard work and determination lead to a third goal when Morrier worked hard to shut down the Passion center defender to dispossess her of the ball, which then fell to Hill who squared the ball to Carly Gould to slot home the third goal to seal the win.
The game was a great first home victory for the Phantoms and Head Coach Chris Scott was equally impressed; “It was a good win for the girls against a good Passion side who have lots of energy and speed. We should have been 4-0 up within first ten minutes and put the game away, however credit to the Passion goalkeeper for some good saves. We were a little sloppy in the first half with our possession which was frustrating, and we spoke at half time about being more patient with the ball at times and opportunities would come our way, which they did. Considering the heat out there today, I thought the girls worked very hard and in the second half we pressed them very high which was good to see. I thought it was a very good team performance, and we hope to take that into next week’s game at home to Boston.”
The Phantoms next league game is at home to Boston Breakers Academy, and will be played at Portsmouth High School with a 5pm kick off. Thank you to everyone who came out at UNH on Sunday, and we hope to see a great support again at Portsmouth High School.