Phantoms, SoccerPlus Draw 1-1

Wednesday, May 18th

MERIDEN, CT - The Seacoast United Phantoms Women travelled to Connecticut this afternoon to take on SoccerPlus.  The matchup featured three players named to the WPSL Team of the Week, with Danielle Courtemanche and Emma Clark from the Phantoms and goalkeeper Leigh-Ann Jaggon from the SoccerPlus Reds.

SoccerPlus tried to instill a slow-paced game, while Seacoast changed their formation from what was used over the weekend in an attempt to find an offensive spark.  As the game settled in, it was evident that the strategy was working.  The Phantoms had several chances at the end of the first half but were unable to score.  The game entered halftime at 0-0.

Head coach Tony Wallis addresses the team during halftime.

MERIDEN, CT - The Seacoast United Phantoms Women travelled to Connecticut this afternoon to take on SoccerPlus.  The matchup featured three players named to the WPSL Team of the Week, with Danielle Courtemanche and Emma Clark from the Phantoms and goalkeeper Leigh-Ann Jaggon from the SoccerPlus Reds.

SoccerPlus tried to instill a slow-paced game, while Seacoast changed their formation from what was used over the weekend in an attempt to find an offensive spark.  As the game settled in, it was evident that the strategy was working.  The Phantoms had several chances at the end of the first half but were unable to score.  The game entered halftime at 0-0.

In the 48th minute, Seacoast broke through.  Kelley Griffin (University of Miami) scored off a cross served in by Gina Righini (Holy Cross), which was a result of great combination passing that also included Stephanie Gilkenson (University of New Hampshire).  The Phantoms had a few other 1v1 chances with the SoccerPlus goalkeeper but pushed the ball wide of the net.

In the 73rd minute, SoccerPlus was able to find the equalizer when a rebound was given from a 20-yd shot.  The rebound was tucked into the right hand corner to even the score at 1-1.

General Manager Matthew Sprague noted, "We are still building on the season and starting to develop chemistry.  There are good things happening but we need to be able to put a complete game together.  It will happen soon."  The Seacoast United Phantoms women are now 0-0-2 on the young season and sit in a tie for first place in the East-Northeast division of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL).

Seacoast United returns home for a Sunday, May 22nd doubleheader with the Men’s NPSL side.  The Women kick off at 3pm vs. Boston Aztec U23’s, and the men face Morris County Colonials (NJ) at 6pm in their first home game of the 2011 season.  Both games will take place at Portsmouth High School.  Admission is $8 for adult, $5 for youth ages 6-18, and children 5 and under are free.  Click here to purchase your tickets online for Sunday’s doubleheader.