Phantoms, Ottawa Off to Quick Start, End in 1-1 Draw

Seacoast United Phantoms hosted Ottawa Fury at home for the 2nd time in just over a two week timeframe on Sunday afternoon.  The last meeting between the clubs on May 26th resulted in a 3-1 victory for the Phantoms.  The defeat was Ottawa’s opening game of the 2012 season, and looked to be a squad that would be one of the stronger teams in the league this summer.

In tonight’s matchup, Ottawa broke through first when striker Will Beague scored on a beautiful diving header in the 4th minute.  Seacoast was quick to respond, just under 5 minutes later a loose ball in the box lead to great ball control and passing to get the scrambling defenders and goalkeeper out of position before Miguel Carniero equalized.

Phantoms midfielder Miguel Carneiro chases down a pass vs. Ottawa on Sunday.

The Seacoast United Phantoms hosted Ottawa Fury at home for the 2nd time in just over a two week timeframe on Sunday afternoon.  The last meeting between the clubs on May 26th resulted in a 3-1 victory for the Phantoms.  The defeat was Ottawa’s opening game of the 2012 season, and looked to be a squad that would be one of the stronger teams in the league this summer.

In tonight’s matchup, Ottawa broke through first when striker Will Beague scored on a beautiful diving header in the 4th minute.  Seacoast was quick to respond, just under 5 minutes later a loose ball in the box lead to great ball control and passing to get the scrambling defenders and goalkeeper out of position before Miguel Carniero equalized.
 
Although both goals took place inside the opening 9 minutes of the match, the remaining 80+ minutes provided plenty of action to keep the crowd of 500 fans entertained.  
 
In the 2nd half, the best opportunity by the Phantoms came in the 74th minute when striker Dylan George cracked a shot off the post. Ottawa held strong late, as the ejection of Eddy Campbell left the Fury with just 10 men to close out the game.
 
Each team earns a point in the standings, with the Phantoms’ record at 4-0-3, good for 1st in the division with Ottawa right on their heels at 4-1-1.
 
Portsmouth City Soccer Club was the featured Town Partner, where young players participated in scrimmages prior to and during halftime of the Phantoms/Ottawa game and received autographs from Phantoms players after the match.
 
Seacoast United staff made presentations to both Paul Willis and Dr. Steve Hardy, co-founders of the Club during halftime of tonight’s match in recognition of the Seacoast United’s 20th Anniversary.  Seacoast United Soccer Club held its first ever tryouts at Portsmouth High School in 1992, with its first teams taking the field in the fall of that year.  Willis is the Club’s President and CEO, while Dr. Hardy continues to be involved with the organization in serving on the Seacoast United Foundation’s board of directors.  
 
NPSL:  Phantoms, Brooklyn Italians Finish at 2-2
Sunday June 10th
 
The Seacoast United NPSL Phantoms battled hard for a draw last night against second place Brooklyn Italians at Portsmouth High School.  On a night where Seacoast United celebrated their 20th Anniversary, the team came out playing with pride to get a point at home.  
 
After a physical first half, Phantoms midfield players Caleb Paterson and Jimmy Petruccelli cleverly combined and played striker Colin Smith in the box for first time strike, giving the Phantoms a 1-0 lead 35 minutes in.  Pushing hard to extend the lead, George Delano broke free to send a beautiful ball far post to Smith, who headed his second of the game home just before halftime.  
 
In the 2nd half, the physical play picked up, leading to a red card for the Italians.  A controversial penalty call lead to a goal for the Italians, who suddenly had a breath of life.  A great individual play let to a quick second goal for the Italians, evening the score with 20 minutes to play.  Though each team gained a couple chances to pull a win out, the game ended in an exciting 2-2 draw.  The Italians hold onto 2nd place in the Northeast Atlantic divison of the NPSL with the Phantoms right on their heels in 3rd.
 
Seacoast United's next home game is June 23rd at 7pm when they host the Rhode Island Reds at Portsmouth High School.