After a couple of difficult games on the Saturday against FC Greater Boston the Seacoast United U16 and U18 Developmental squads travelled to Durfee High School in Fall River, MA on Sunday, May 6th to play against the talented and nationally ranked MLS New England Revolution. Early kick-offs meant a long trip for some but worthwhile for all involved.
The U18 team went a goal down to a highly disputed penalty which was dispatched by former Seacoast United player Ramiro Osorio, now playing with the Revolution. Seacoast began to take a slight hold on the game and an excellent goal by Connor Brown was reward for their sustained pressure.
NE Revolution then took the lead again midway through the second half through work by Osorio on the left and finished by another NH resident Peguy Ngatcha. Both teams battled for possession and after several set pieces it was Seacoast who earned a well-deserved equalizer from a corner sent in by Andre Simmond and finished by center back Sam Milbury. The final score of 2-2 was a fair result for both teams. Players who stood out were midfield players Simmond, Brown and Ryan Simpson. Kyle Bisceglia worked tirelessly up front and Seacoast entered the conference games with a record of 1-1-0.
Seacoast United's U16 team entered the game against their conference rivals with a lot of optimism after seeing decent results on their travels to Maryland and New Jersey over the past month. The game was played at a quick pace as both teams tried several times to break through some hard tackling defense. Matt Sanchez and Gabe Polanco in the central area of midfield were engrossed in a battle with three of the Revs players and came out on top on a very fiercely fought first half. Anthony Ferrara in goal for Seacoast made a fantastic one-handed save off a deflected shot after a Revs comer was mis hit by their striker. A 0-0 half time score line was not a true reflection on the first half as Seacoast had several opportunities through strikers Frandtzy Pierrot and Jordan Misiri to be ahead at the break. Soon into the second half, a break from Misiri and Polanco supported by Zach Vieira on the left ended up with Misiri being felled in the penalty area and he gathered himself up prior to converting from the spot, making it 1-0 to Seacoast. New England sent on several of their national U15/16 team players in an attempt to earn the valued 3 points but despite several opportunities for both sides, Seacoast held on to their first ever victory over their MLS neighbor and overall a deserved victory at that.
All players played well but special mention to Ferrara in goal for his outstanding effort and game management skills through defenders Michael Sheehan and Austin Kimball who stifled the Revolution strikers which had created havoc over the past months.
Both teams return to home field in Epping next Sunday, May 13th for kick off at 12.00pm and 2.30pm for a matchup against conference powerhouse Empire United from Syracuse in NY.