|Phantoms' Paige Rachel defends Mutiny's Morgan Andrews|
|Rachel Hill (left) and Rachel Morrier look to start the 2nd half of play. Morrier scored the game winner for the Phantoms.|
MANCHESTER, NH – Seacoast United Phantoms struck twice in the final 18 minutes for a 2-1 victory over New England Mutiny on Thursday evening in a WPSL New England Division matchup.
The game took place at Derryfield High School in Manchester, NH, featuring two U20 Women’s National Team players in the Phantoms’ Rachel Hill and Mutiny’s Morgan Andrews, both New Hampshire natives.
The Phantoms faced a perennial playoff contender in the Mutiny, a very experienced team who were riding high after a lopsided win over the weekend.
The first half didn’t yield many offensive chances for either squad as they became familiar with each other. The Mutiny held the advantage on possession while the younger Phantoms settled in.
Shortly after the break, Mutiny broke through when striker Sonia Basma crashed the net and tucked away a long rebound given up from a long range free kick by Andrews in the 47th minute.
The Phantoms regrouped and kept working hard to create offensive chances. Once again, a set piece would prove dangerous as the home team earned 4 consecutive corner kicks, scoring on the last when Lily Radack found the equalizer on service from Lydia Simmons in the 72nd minute.
With under 3 minutes remaining, striker Rachel Morrier pushed forward and pressured the Mutiny defenders, stealing the ball deep in their end and broke away with just the keeper to beat. Morrier chipped the ball over the keeper’s fingertips for the game winner.
Phantoms goalkeeper Kate Mahoney was a star in net, making several big saves late in the 2nd half to hold strong and preserve the win, including two 1v1 situations within the last 10 minutes. Defender Allie Day was also noted for outstanding play in tonight’s match.
Head coach James Blackwell was noticeably proud of his team, “Amazing game tonight, players couldn’t have given more. It was great to get our first win of the season against such a quality team.”
The Seacoast United Phantoms are now 1-1 on the 2014 season, with their next match taking place on Saturday, May 31st when they host Boston Breakers College Academy on the campus of Southern NH University at 3pm.
About Seacoast United Phantoms WPSL
The Seacoast United Phantoms compete in the Women's premier Soccer League (WPSL) with rosters consisting of top high school, collegiate and post-collegiate players looking to further their development during the summer months. For more on the Seacoast United Phantoms teams, please visit www.seacoastunited.com/phantoms.