Last Wednesday, the Phantoms returned to the Granite State after a month on the road which saw them compete in 5 games. After a promising start to the season, the results throughout June were a bit mixed and their playoff hopes were up in the air. The Phantoms kicked off their four game homestand last Wednesday with an impressive win against divisional rival Boston Bolts. The Bolts have been a tough opponent for many this season, however the journey north for the Boston outfit has proved difficult this year as they recorded their second away loss against Seacoast. Those in attendance at the Seacoast United Sports Complex in Epping were treated to a goalfest as the Phantoms put five past the Bolts. Seacoast followed up that result with another impressive performance, a 4-0 victory against BlackRock FC.
When it comes to clinching a playoff spot, the Phantoms control their own destiny. If they can secure 4 points (1 win and 1 draw) in their last two matches, they will have the opportunity to extend their season. Getting these 4 points in 2 games will not be a walk in the park, as they will face off against two very respectable teams in the division, Malaga City and Western Mass Pioneers.
Malaga City has spent the majority of the season near the bottom of the table, with just one win out of eleven matches. Even though they have only won one match thus far, they are still a tough opponent and the match earlier in the year between the two sides ended in a draw. The Phantoms will be hoping to continue their recent run of form with another win against the visitors on Friday.
Their final regular season of the year will be against Western Mass Pioneers, the current team at the top of division and a huge threat to the Phantoms playoffs hopes. Although the Phantoms have yet to defeat the Pioneers this season, they did manage to take points off of them in a 1-1 draw which was a more favorable result than when they lost 3-1 the last time in Epping. The Phantoms have a lot of experience against the Pioneers this year, and will need to use that to their advantage in this final regular season matchup.
The Phantoms need your support this weekend to secure their playoff spot! All Seacoast United athletes that wear their Seacoast United top to the game will be admitted for free. Come out on Friday and help the Phantoms book their place in the playoffs! Come On You Phantoms!