Seacoast United Welcomes Australian Elite Soccer Football Academy

November 16, 2012

The Australian Elite Soccer Football Academy continued their tour of the United States, travelling south from their base in Tilton, NH on Tuesday evening for a late fall friendly against Seacoast United.  The match took place at the Club's Outdoor Complex in Epping, which was AEFSA's first experience playing on the artificial Field Turf surface.
 
US Soccer Developmental Academy and Boys Director of Coaching John Price had a select U16 Academy team play the older U18 Australian squad under lights on this brisk November evening.  The surface was very fast and the game was a great spectacle to watch.
The Australian Elite Soccer Football Academy (AESFA) continued their tour of the United States, travelling south from their base in Tilton, NH on Tuesday evening for a late fall friendly against Seacoast United.  The match took place at the Club's Outdoor Complex in Epping, which was AEFSA's first experience playing on the artificial Field Turf surface.
 
US Soccer Developmental Academy and Boys Director of Coaching John Price had a select U16 Academy team play the older U18 Australian squad under lights on this brisk November evening.  The surface was very fast and the game was a great spectacle to watch. The home team leading the way during the first period and basically starving the AESFA squad of possession with some brilliant skill and off-the-ball movement with Chris Arling and Gabe Polanco in form. The pace of Keith Hill up top created problems for the big Aussie defenders.
 
Although dominating possession, the first half score was 0-1 in favor of AESFA, scored by Chernoh Bah with a beautifully timed header from a Ryan Vandenberg free kick.  Seacoast made several changes at half time bringing on some of the younger developmental players, giving the opportunity to adapt to the quicker speed of play that the game had.
 
The second half was very even and AESFA squad took control as they started to find their momentum by simply keeping possession for longer periods and utilizing their speed and strength all over the pitch.  
 
The AESFA found themselves up 2-0 when Vandenberg won the ball from the center of the field and took a touch before releasing an unbelievable shot, beating SUSC keeper Billy Sinibaldi.
 
The home team came back with a brilliant and deserved goal in the 80th minute but AESFA controlled the remainder of the game after some sustained pressure from the home side who just couldn’t find a way through a resolute defense.
 
The AESFA play another game on Thursday evening against a Seacoast Select XI made up of 1997 Pre Academy and U18 U.S. Development Academy players.  Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30pm at Epping before the visitors head to south for a showcase tournament in Philladelphia.