Phantoms Defeat Westchester 4-0, Move Into 1st Place

PORTSMOUTH, NH— Anthony Grant continued on his scorching pace, netting another hat trick in today’s 4-0 victory over Westchester Flames in the Premier Development League’s Northeast Division.

On the 1st day of summer, the match was played on a clear, sunny Saturday afternoon in front of an excited and lively crowd at Portsmouth High School.  Grant scored all three of his goals in the first half, coming at 15, 39, and 43 minutes.  Striker Terrence Carter added to his statistics as well by scoring in the 31st minute, giving him a total of 2 goals and 3 assists on the season.  Goalkeeper Dominic DiMaggio finished his day with 3 saves in earning the shutout, his 2nd on the year.  

Grant now has 11 goals on the season for the Phantoms.
Carter continues to produce on offense, with 2 goals and 3 assist this season for the Phantoms.

PORTSMOUTH, NH— Anthony Grant continued on his scorching pace, netting another hat trick in today’s 4-0 victory over Westchester Flames in the Premier Development League’s Northeast Division.

On the 1st day of summer, the match was played on a clear, sunny Saturday afternoon in front of an excited and lively crowd at Portsmouth High School.  Grant scored all three of his goals in the first half, coming at 15, 39, and 43 minutes.  Striker Terrence Carter added to his statistics as well by scoring in the 31st minute, giving him a total of 2 goals and 3 assists on the season.  Goalkeeper Dominic DiMaggio finished his day with 3 saves in earning the shutout, his 2nd on the year.  

"Strikers who score goals are worth their weight in gold," Phantoms coach Iain Scott said of Grant.  "Ben Brewster also played really well on defense and has done an amazing job leading the team.”

Seacoast pressured their opponent early on, with several chances at goal coming in the opening minutes.   The duo of Carter and Grant produced 5 shots inside 11 minutes before the Phantoms broke through in the 15th minute with Grant’s first goal of the afternoon, curling the shot into the upper right corner.

In the 31st minute, Carter streaked down the left hand side of the field, drawing the goalkeeper off his line.  Carter dribbled past the keeper, and then a Flames defender before tucking the ball into the back of the net for the 2-0 lead.  Grant then took over for two goals in a span of 4 minutes to give the home team a 4-0 advantage at the half.

The Flames looked to open the second half with a goal quick but DiMaggio scooped up the ball to halt the charging attack.  In the 50th minute, the Phantoms looked to extend the lead even further when Abel Perez forced the Flames goalkeeper to commit too early, and passed back to midfielder Ben Havey whose shot hit the crossbar facing a wide open net.

Play during the remaining minutes of the 2nd half of the game saw much back and forth play as well as many substitutes for both sides.

With this latest victory, the Phantoms improve their record to 5-1-2, totaling 17 points in the PDL’s Northeast Division standings and 1st place in the division.  They are unbeaten in their last 6 games.

Scott attributes some of the success to many players being present at training prior to matches as well as the ability to share minutes and stay fresh throughout the match.  He is equally impressed with quality on both sides of the ball.

“Offense wins games but defense wins championships, we have both.”

The Phantoms now have a 10 day break and will return to action on Tuesday, July 1st to take on Western Mass Pioneers and the league’s leading scorer in Alencar Junior.  Kickoff is at 7pm at Portsmouth High School.

About Seacoast United Phantoms
The Seacoast United Phantoms compete in the Premier Development League (PDL), with a roster consisting of collegiate, post-collegiate, and international players looking to further their development during the summer months.  For more on the Seacoast United Phantoms teams, please visit  www.seacoastunited.com/phantoms.