EPPING, NH - The last USL 2 home match to take place under the Epping lights fell on Memorial Day weekend and after a month on the road, the Phantoms return to the Granite State for four crucial home games. They currently find themselves in the midst of an intense playoff battle in the Northeast Division with fine margins separating the top half of the table. After Sunday’s 5-1 loss against Black Rock FC, tonight’s matchup against Boston Bolts is even more important as the home side looks to secure a playoff spot. After only allowing 3 goals in their last 3 games, the Phantoms' stringent defense took a step back over the weekend allowing 5 goals against Black Rock FC. In the previous two meetings this year, each side has come away with a win so tonight is a big occasion.
“We know what we need to do and I know everyone is looking forward to tonight’s match.” Said Head Coach Paul Baber. “This division is extremely competitive and if we want to make it to the playoffs, we need a strong performance. Being back home in front of the fans will be a welcome sight and will really spur on the boys.”
With this last home series, the Phantoms will be able to invite several local charity groups to the games to help raise awareness about their various causes. The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation will be attending this evening’s game against the Boston Bolts. They are a volunteer-driven non-profit organization dedicated to finding cures for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis and improving the quality of life of children and adults affected by these digestive diseases. On Friday, July 2nd, Connor’s Climb Foundation will be in attendance. Their mission is to provide suicide prevention education to New Hampshire youth and the communities. They are able to do this by raising awareness, reducing the stigma around mental health, and equipping youth, educators, and communities with tools and resources focused on the vulnerable age group of 10-24 year olds. To finish off the regular season, local charity group Pass Along Project, together with their friends Blue Water Mortgage, will be at the last home match to help raise awareness about their charity. They work with local community organizations and volunteers to help deliver gently used clothes to children in foster care.
The action starts tonight at 7:00pm when the Phantoms welcome Boston Bolts to the Seacoast United Sports Complex in Epping, NH. The Phantoms need your support so come out, support a great cause and enjoy the highest level of men’s soccer in the area. Be sure to follow the Seacoast United Phantoms Twitter account for in-game updates.