Seacoast United Mariners 1, Brooklyn Italians 0
May 30th, 2016
GORHAM, ME - Seacoast Mariners extended their unbeaten run to three games when a last minute winner sealed all three points against the Brooklyn Italians on a warm Memorial Day afternoon. Yusef Yama found himself in a 1 on 1 close to the half way line following a long defensive clearance from Sean Shand. Yama outmuscled his defender sending him to the ground, and sped off to round the keeper before calmly slotting the ball into an empty net with only seconds remaining in regulation. It was poor defending from the Italians and they were left to rue a number of squandered chances earlier in the match.
The game started brightly for the New Yorkers and only two very smart saves in the opening seven minutes from Mariners keeper Will Pike prevented an early deficit. Gradually, the Mariners began to get into the game as holding midfielders Marc Goulet and Jamie Reed saw more of the ball bringing their strikers and wide men into the game, however no breakthrough was forthcoming.
The second half was pretty even in terms of possession, but it was the Italians who created the better chances. On three more occasions, Pike made outstanding saves to deny the breakthrough leaving the Brooklyn coaches tearing their hair out. The Italians had set off for the weekend double header hoping to cement second place behind the NY Cosmos. However on Sunday they lost 1-0 to bottom team Seacoast United Phantoms, giving Monday's holiday game even more meaning.
Despite holding a 9-3 shot advantage, there was no way past their nemesis Will Pike and for the third time he gave them fits to earn man of the match honors. The Mariners used all 17 squad members to pace themselves over the 90 minutes, leaving head coach Jim Hopkins thrilled to pick up all three points: "There is no doubt we rode our luck at times and that we also relied several times on the skills of the Pike in net, however, we fought our way back into game after a slow start and gave a much better account of ourselves after the first fifteen or so minutes".
He continued: "I had the feeling Yama's pace would cause them problems in the final quarter of the game, but when I saw him one v one on the halfway line with just seconds remaining, I couldn't believe my eyes. Once he beat his man, it was all over and he took his chance beautifully.
"We are still learning to play together and we need to trust each other more, but we are a new group of players and we are just four games into the season so things are only likely to get better. 7 points out of 9 against the Cosmos and the Italians is certainly an achievement and we are excited to build from here".
Mariners, Brooklyn Finish In a Draw
May 15th, 2016
Following their stunning Friday night, rain soaked success, Seacoast Mariners looked to continue their winning ways Sunday against the Brooklyn Italians in the second game of their New York trip... Just minutes later, Mariners wide man Matio Dimov would score again to give his team the lead. The Bulgarian Bandit chested down a long throw before superbly half volleying into the top corner. This was his second goal in as many games and it put the Mariners firmly in control at the halftime whistle.
NPSL Mariners Defeat Defending National Champions
May 13th, 2016
Seacoast United Mariners defeated defending NPSL (National Premier Soccer League) Champion New York Cosmos B at Mitchel Field on a wet and windy Friday night. It was the first loss in the Cosmos NPSL history.
Matio Dimov scored on a pass from Max Watson in the 31st Minute. The wide midfielder picked up the ball on the right side, 35 yards from goal. He rode a challenge then rifled the ball from 18 yards, just inside the goalkeeper’s near post.
Cosmos almost found the equalizer 5 minutes later following a header from their wide man Mitrano but Mariners goalkeeper Will Pike brilliantly blocked the header from point blank range.
As the game progressed, the Cosmo’s struggled to break down the well-organized Mariner defense. They continued to press, sending their outside backs forward but that subsequently left space in behind for the Mariners to exploit on the counter attack. While chances came for both sides, none were converted.
The final whistle heralded great scenes of delight for the Mariners who had turned in a magnificent performance despite a difficult journey down and very tough weather conditions.
Hearty congratulations go out to the coaching and playing staff for a magnificent effort.
Mariners Fall to Boston City FC
May 11th, 2016
Seacoast United NPSL team played their first game of the season against Boston City FC at Hannaford Field on the University of Southern Maine campus. The Mariners started the game sluggishly and Boston took the lead 16 minutes into the first half on a powerful finish, driven past keeper Will Pike before he could react. Things worsened for Mariners when Boston struck again just two minutes before half time. A defensive turnover 30 yards out allowed the visitors a 3 on 2 counter that was again finished well.
A stern half time team talk ensured the second 45 minutes proved to be very different for Jim Hopkin's Mariners. They came out much more aggressively and more than matched Boston's intensity. Seacoast made the breakthrough break through with 18 minutes left on the clock following a great pass from Duran Shand to Drew Parsons. Parsons controlled the ball well and composed himself under pressure from two defenders before firing the ball firmly into the top right corner of the net. It was no more than their second half display deserved and subsequently, the Mariners threw everything at the Boston net in search of the tying goal. This pressure resulted in a string of corners and free kicks, but try as they might, that decisive breakthrough was not forthcoming.
The game would end with a final score of Mariners 1 Boston City 2 and the host team will be left ruing it's slow start. However they doubtless be highly encouraged by a second half performance that will buoy them up greatly for a difficult weekend trip to New York City. A trip which will feature games against defending champion and unbeaten New York Cosmos B (Friday) and Brooklyn Italians on Sunday afternoon.