PORTSMOUTH, NH - Picking up where they left off last season, the Seacoast United Phantoms opened the much anticipated 2015 season with a win, earning a 2-0 victory over Real Boston Rams at Portsmouth High School on Sunday afternoon.
Both goals were scored by Terence Carter, now in his 2nd season with the Phantoms. Carter put the Phantoms on top 1-0 when he took advantage of a mistake by a Rams defender, slotting the ball past goalkeeper Matthew Nozynski in the 39th minute.
In the opening minutes of the 2nd half, Seacoast United had several quality opportunities from both Carter and midfielder Barry McCabe but they couldn’t capitalize. It wasn’t until the 75th minute that the home side was able to double their lead, as Carter scored a header off an Abel Perez corner kick.
Goalkeeper Dominic DiMaggio earned the shutout in goal for Seacoast, making three saves.
The Phantoms now turn their focus to Wednesday’s Lamar Hunt Open Cup 1st round matchup vs. GPS Massachusetts (Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School, Cambridge MA 8pm kickoff). This is the first Open Cup appearance for the Phantoms in franchise history.
“This is a big opportunity for us on Wednesday,” commented head coach Iain Scott. “We don’t know much about the GPS squad as they compete in a different league (USASA), we need to take a professional approach in preparation for this match.”
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.