Pioneers 0 Phantoms 2

Visit Connecticut before returning Home Sunday

The Pioneers dropped their league opener 2-0 at the Seacoast United Phantoms in Amesbury.  This longtime rivalry saw a first half that started slow but heated up once Seacoast’s Donnett Sackie score a goal off a header in the 24’.  Tensions calmed down once the referee showed yellow cards to Pioneers midfielder Pat Boucher and Phantoms Terance Carter with nine minutes left to halftime.  That yellow card didn’t slow down Boucher though, who broke up a Seacoast attack right before the break. 

Seacoast started the second half with several player substitutions, and a near Pioneers goal by Evan Burokas off the corner.   A series of Seacoast possessions led up to a goal by Connor Alba at the edge of the box, making it 2-0 Phantoms with 30 minutes left.  Seacoast was able to control most of the play in the final half hour of the match outside a couple of Pioneers chances by forward Chae Brangman, and the game ended with a 2-0 Seacoast Victory.

“It’s frustrating losing our Open Cup game in penalties and then lose at Seacoast by two goals” commented Head Coach Federico Molinari. “We have two games in three days next weekend, so we need results in Connecticut and at home on Sunday.”

Before returning to Lusitano Stadium, the Pioneers will have to visit AC Connecticut at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT on Friday, May 19, 6 p.m.  This will be AC Connecticut’s season opener.  Last year the Pioneers claimed victory in both meetings against AC Connecticut.

After that game, Western Mass has a quick turnaround by hosting Westchester Flames on Sunday, May 21 at 4:00 p.m.  In 2016 the Pioneers took both games against the Flames.

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