The Seacoast United Phantoms WPSL team started their season away to New England Mutiny on Saturday night. With the season opener coming very early in the year, the Phantoms had a depleted roster and turned to a lot of youth players to come in and get a sample of the WPSL league.
Within the roster for the first game of the season was Maddie MacLean (GU16 Premier) who had a fantastic showing up against some top level players from the NE Mutiny who competed in the WPSL Elite league last year. Other young players who played on Saturday night were Rachel Morrier, Michelle Trembley, Kendall Ham and Jackie Ham, all currently on the Seacoast United U17 Girls Premier roster.
The Phantoms started the game brightly and were able to hold their own before falling behind when one of the Mutiny strikers was able to get in behind from a long ball over the top. The Phantoms started the second half 1-0 down and started to create opportunities against a solid Mutiny defense, the best chance coming to Danielle Courtemanche who forced the Mutiny goalkeeper into an excellent save. The Mutiny replied through a good long range strike to make it 2-0 and then very quickly added another to go 3-0 up with 10 minutes remaining. The young Phantoms team kept battling away and were rewarded on the 85th minute when Kendall Ham was able to cut inside and fire home a goal. The score finished 3-1 and the star performers of the night for the Phantoms were Maddie MacLean (GU16 Premier) and Kayla Swasey (GU18 Premier).
Head coach Chris Scott was not overly disappointed despite the loss.
“With the season starting so early and the large majority of our squad still to come in, it was a good start," commented Scott, as he begins his 2nd season with the women's team. "It was great to see young players out there putting up a good fight against a solid Mutiny side. Some of the girls on the Mutiny side played in the WPSL Elite league last year, so for our young players to compete as well as they did tonight, it is a great credit to themselves. We have two weeks before our next game against CFC (CT) and this will give us time to get the rest of the squad in and get some practices under our belt.”