PORTSMOUTH, NH – The Seacoast United Phantoms took a few weeks to get rolling but are now an unstoppable force in the Northeast Division of the USL’s Premier Development League. After starting the season with an 0-4-1 record the squad has turned things around with only 1 loss in the last 7 games. The team boasts a 6-5-2 record and sits in second place, only 1 point shy of the first place MPS Portland Phoenix.
Tonight’s matchup against the Western Mass Pioneers was a repeat performance from Friday evening’s away victory, a 3-1 win. The scoring opened up in the 12th minute of play when Steven Palumbo grabbed a rebound from a Chris Tsonis‘ challenge with the keeper and buried the ball from 20 yards out. The second goal of the evening came just 5 minutes later when Tsonis headed a cross from Ryan Dunn over the outstretched Pioneers keeper to make the score 2-0 in the favor of the Phantoms. Western Mass was able to pull one back in the 29th minute when Alejandro Sucre beat Phantoms keeper, Jon Dawson from close range.
That score line stood for the remainder of the first have and much of the second half. Seacoast United was withstanding constant pressure the Pioneers but were able to counter-attack to keep them unbalanced on offense. In the 75th minute Chris Tsonis was able break through and slot the ball into the back of the net to seal the game and 3 points for the home side.
300 fans came out for the game and were not let down. Many youth players from the Portsmouth City Soccer Club were on hand to see the Phantoms inch closer to securing a playoff spot in its first year in the Port City. The next match for the Seacoast United Phantoms is Sunday, July 10th when they take on the Brooklyn Italians at Exeter High School. Kickoff is scheduled for 6pm. View the full schedule and follow the Phantoms at www.seacoastunited.org/phantoms.