DANBURY, CT - Battling injuries and a short roster for games on back to back days this weekend, striker Willy Miezan gave the Phantoms a much needed lift in his debut for the Seacoast United Phantoms.
On Saturday, the Phantoms (1-0-1) faced the Westchester Flames (1-1-0) in New York missing key players including striker Alencar Junior and defender AJ Dubois, but were able to fight for a well deserved 1-0 victory on a goal by Miezan in the 87th minute.
Sunday's match in the Nutmeg State saw the home team AC Connecticut (0-1-0) looking for their first win of the season after a tough 2-1 loss on May 14th to GPS Portland Phoenix. Connecticut was ready for the challenge and jumped on the board in the 13th minute on a goal by Conlan Kemmerer, his first of the season.
The Phantoms would respond before the break, when Miezan got on the end of a cross to head in the equalizer in the 39th minute for his 2nd goal in as many days. The teams would be level at the half 1-1.
Fighting the injury bug with both Trent Lougheed out after Saturday's match, and Shane Buchanan leaving Sunday's game before halftime, the Phantoms were running thin on available substitutes. Fatigue would take its toll in the 2nd half as AC Connecticut pushed on, resulting in a 2-1 lead in the 79th minute on a goal by Louis Tambini. That score would stand even with a late Phantoms surge, handing the visiting side their first loss of the season. Seacoast United drops to 2-1-1 while AC Connecticut improves to 1-1-0.
The Phantoms now have 10 days off to recover, with their next match taking place on Wednesday, June 1st as they host GPS Portland Phoenix at Southern NH University. Kickoff is scheduled for 7pm.
About Seacoast United Phantoms
The Seacoast United Phantoms compete in the Premier Development League (PDL), with a roster consisting of collegiate, post-collegiate, and international players looking to further their development during the summer months. For more on the Seacoast United Phantoms teams, please visit www.seacoastunited.com/phantoms.