The Seacoast United Phantoms were battling temperatures in the mid 80's as well as a short roster due to injury, forcing some of their personnell out of their regular positions on the field. A slow start and unforced errors had the home team in trouble early on, and NYAC capitalized in the 15th minute on a turnover in the midfield when striker Brendan Durgdorf tucked the ball past goalkeeper Travis Worrell for the 1-0 lead.
NYAC midfielder Brad Jacobson extended the lead to 2-0 in the 24th minute on a through ball that was well-placed to beat Worrell again low to the corner.
Seacoast United had limited scoring chances, due to a strong NYAC defense. The Phantoms' best opportunity of the opening 45 minutes came from a free kick taken just outside the top of the 18 yd box. A dangerous ball was played in, tailing away from the NYAC keeper to his right side as he put forth a good effort to make the save.
In the opening minutes of the 2nd half, the Phantoms could have found themselves behind by 3 goals if not for an outstretched save by Worrell on a NYAC midfielder's side volley from 10 yards out.
The Phantoms defended well for the remainder of the game finishing the match 0-2 to NYAC. This weekend was a tough one overall for the NPSL side, dropping both of their games at home with Saturday's match favoring the Rhode Island Reds 1-0.
The Seacoast United Phantoms have three games remaining in the 2012 season, all of them taking place on the road. Next weekend involves a road trip to New York for a rematch with NYAC on June 30th followed by division leaders Brooklyn Italians on July 1st.
The PDL Phantoms are home at Portsmouth High School on Thursday, June 28th to host the Western Mass Pioneers at 7pm. Tickets are available online or at the gate: $5 for adults, $3 for youth ages 5-18, and children under 5 are free. Follow the Phantoms online at www.seacoastunited.com/phantoms