The Seacoast United Phantoms travelled north earlier this evening for their 2nd division match of the 2015 season, facing rival GPS Portland Phoenix. Saturday's match would be the first of the season for GPS, while the Phantoms looked to make it 3 wins in a row. Striker Anthony Grant scored twice in the final 11 minutes of the match to give the Phantoms a 2-1 victory.
The Seacoast United Phantoms travelled north earlier this evening for their 2nd division match of the 2015 season, facing rival GPS Portland Phoenix. Saturday's match would be the first of the season for GPS, while the Phantoms looked to make it 3 wins in a row.
Midfielder Terence Carter terrorized the GPS defense in the first half and created loads of scoring chances. Both he and defender Drou Goff worked well down the left channel, serving quality deliveries into the 18 yd box.
Phantoms' midfielder and Seacoast United US Development Academy alumnus Andre Simmond had a fantastic game, doing his part to create opportunities in the attacking third of the field.
Although the Phantoms had loads of chances in the first half, they were unable to break the scoreless deadlock thanks in part to a stubborn GPS goalkeeper Matt Williams who did well to keep his team in the game.
The break through finally came when Simmond played a delightful ball, chipping the GPS back line. Phantoms striker Anthony Grant timed his run perfectly and guided a looping header over the keeper for the 1-0 lead in the 79th minute.
GPS was to quick to react however and capitalized on a misplaced pass. Seacoast United goalkeeper Dominic DiMaggio did well to push away their shot however the rebound was met first by GPS striker James Smith to equalize in the 87th minute at 1-1.
Phantoms pushed on for the win and in the dying minutes won a corner. The ball was met first by defender AJ Dubois who helped flick the ball into Grant's path, who attempted the spectacular and guided the ball past the keeper through an acrobatic bicycle kick with just seconds remaining on the clock.
Grant now has 3 goals in his last two games, as the Phantoms improve to 3-0 overall on the season (2-0 PDL).
The Phantoms will depart on Tuesday evening for their US Open Cup 2nd round matchup vs. Tulsa Roughnecks, taking place Wednesday, May 20th in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Their next PDL divisional game takes place Saturday, May 23rd at AC Connecticut.
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.