The first game of a double-header weekend for the Seacoast United Phantoms saw them power past the Westchester Flames 4-0. The humid 6pm kickoff on Saturday resulted in the Phantoms’ first win of the PDL season! A 5th minute goal by Francesco Saporito, assisted by Marcos Bautista, provided an early lead over the Flames. Following the goal were some decent attacking chances for the Phantoms, with consecutive shots from Roko Prsa forcing saving by the opposing goalkeeper. The Phantoms finished the half off well defensively, with goalkeeper Zach Rowell making some important saves to maintain the clean sheet.
Another fast start for Seacoast United in the second half and continued attacking pressure saw Roko Prsa net the second of the night for the Phantoms, assisted by Linus Fallberg. An immediate impact off the bench from Jacob Gould (Seacoast United Development Academy Alumni) in the 60th minute secured a 3 goal lead for the lads, as they continued to mount their intense attacking pressure. Gould’s unrelenting effort off the bench saw him grab his second and the Phantoms’ fourth in the 76th minute, solidifying their position. However, a late penalty save by the Flames keeper kept the score at 4-0, but was little salvation for the New York natives as they see all 3 points go the Phantom’s way.
The second of the Phantoms double-header weekend saw them face Black Rock for a second time this season. After securing a 1-1 tie in the first meeting between the two squads, the Phantoms were unable to maintain their positive momentum from yesterday’s match as they fell 2-1. Luke Brown’s first half strike was enough to give Seacoast a 1-0 lead going into halftime, capping off a solid half in which the home team controlled much of the possession.
Unfortunately, Seacoast United were unable to continue their streak of clean sheets, as Black Rock equalized in the 56th minute. A few chances followed for the Phantoms, including a brilliant right-footed free kick swung in by Juli Jordan, who was denied by the keeper. Black Rock took the lead through a heart-breaking 90th minute finish, which they would hold until the final whistle. The Phantoms finish off an intense weekend of matches with 3 solid points as they look to mount a climb up the PDL table in their next match on Saturday, June 9th at the Westchester Flames.