|Midfielder Monique Lamotte battles for possession vs. the Boston Aztec.|
Seacoast United faced the Boston Aztec Breakers Reserves at Citizen’s Bank Park in Lancaster, MA as part of the Massachusetts Tournament of Champions weekend. It is the second meeting between the two teams this season. Although Seacoast was able to score first, the Aztec battled back for a 3-1 victory.
Seacoast struggled to keep possession early in the first half, playing a majority of the time in their own end of the field. But in the 23rd minute, striker Kaitlyn Hinck (Bow, NH/Bryant University) sent a through ball to midfielder Kendra Spencer (Petosky, MI/Keene State) who kept the ball low to beat Aztec keeper Allison Lipsher to the near post.
Just ten minutes later, the Aztec responded. Co-WPSL Player of the Week Leah Blaney, capitalized on a loose ball at the top of the box, beating Seacoast goalkeeper Jill Schott (9 saves) high to the left. Six minutes later, the Aztec struck again on an Anna Canaglia shot (unassisted) from wide left of the 18 yd box, taking a 2-1 lead into halftime.
Seacoast United’s had a few great opportunities to equalize in the 2nd half. In the 75th minute, midfielder Megan Cain (Norwich, VT/Lehigh University) passed the ball to an overlapping Chelsey Tewell (York Harbor, ME/Seacoast United Soccer Club), who sent a cross into the 6 yd box for midfielder Jackie Zani (Salem, NH/UMass Lowell). Zani’s header missed just over the crossbar. Still pushing forward, Cain won a tough tackle deep in Aztec territory and had a chance on a 1v1 but was blocked by Lipsher. The Aztec fell victim to the offside trap several times in the half, but were able to break through the Seacoast back four in the 87th minute for their 3rd goal of the afternoon by Barbara Lindsay. Overall the Aztec held a 10:3 advantage in shots on goal and a 3:0 advantage on corner kicks.
The next game for Seacoast United is on Saturday July 3rd when they travel to Endicott College to play the Boston 23’s, with kickoff scheduled for 1pm. Seacoast United’s record falls to 1-4-1 on the season.