|Phantoms midfielder Gina Righini scored the first goal in a 3-0 victory over the Seacoast United Mariners.|
Seacoast United Phantoms Women’s Premier Soccer League season started on the right track Wednesday afternoon with a 3-0 victory over the Seacoast United Mariners.
The intra-club matchup was the first for the organization. The Phantoms are entering their third season in the WPSL, while 2012 marks the Mariners’ inaugural season as well as the return of the WPSL to Maine for the first time since 2010.
The match took place at the Club’s Outdoor Complex in Epping, NH before several of Seacoast United’s youth teams who regularly hold their training sessions at the facility. "Having two teams competing in the WPSL is fantastic for our younger players as it gives them a chance to see a high level of play close to home," commented Phantoms head coach Chris Scott.
The Phantoms dominated possession for the majority of the match, but both teams went into halftime at 0-0. The home side was unsuccessful in their attempt to penetrate the defense of the Mariners, resulting in a limited amount shots during the first 45 minutes. The best scoring opportunity of the first half came in the 20th minute from Phantoms striker Krista Minto who blasted a shot from close range but was blocked by Mariners goalkeeper Lexi Weatherbie.
In the 2nd half, the Phantoms settled in and looked to increase the tempo of their passing game. With the Mariners finding difficulty in organizing, the Phantoms’ midfielder Gina Righini received a pass from striker Andrea Nogueira and pushed the ball past Mariners’ goalkeeper Jackie Doyle in the 56th minute. The Phantoms’ Alyssa D’Arcy scored her first of the year in the 64th minute before Nogueira struck just 3 minutes later to secure a comfortable 3-0 lead on their way to their first win of the season. Goalkeeper Andrea Green earned the shutout for Seacoast United.
The Seacoast United Phantoms will travel to Connecticut to face CFC Passion on Wednesday, May 30th. The next home game for the Phantoms women is June 6th when they host the New England Mutiny at Portsmouth High School for a 6pm kickoff.
NPSL: Phantoms Top Mariners 1-0 on MacDonald Goal
|Sean MacDonald’s goal wrapped around the wall and into the upper corner to give the Phantoms a 1-0 victory.|
It was a battle for bragging rights between two Seacoast United teams Wednesday night as the Seacoast United Phantom’s took on the visiting Seacoast United Mariners (Maine). In the first meeting between the two teams, the Phantoms held off the rookie Mariners by a score of 1-0.
Both teams struggled to create scoring opportunities early in the first half as it was a game played mostly in the midfield. In the 35th minute, Phantoms striker Colin Smith was fouled from 25 yards out on the top right side of the 18yard box. Left footed defender Sean MacDonald stepped up to take the free kick and blasted it to the upper far corner past Mariners goalkeeper Will Pike to give the Phantoms a 1-0 lead heading into halftime.
Throughout the second half it was the Phantoms midfield that facilitated the play of the game.
“Scott Rowling, James Palumbo, and George Delano did an outstanding job controlling the tempo,” said Phantoms head coach John Price.
Phantoms goalkeeper Travis Worra had 2 saves in earning his first shutout of the season.
Although neither team created many scoring opportunities in the second half, the Phantoms were satisfied holding the majority of the possession and capitalizing on their one goal lead in earning their first victory of the season (1-1-2).
The Seacoast United Phantoms will look to earn another 3 points in their next match as they visit Mass United FC (1-1-0) at Manning Field in Lynn, MA on Wednesday, May 30th.