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Seacoast United Mariners
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The Seacoast United Mariners will compete in the National Premier Soccer League for the 2016 season, as part of the Northeast-Atlantic Division.  Opponents within the division for the 2016 season include:  Brooklyn Italians (NY), Greater Lowell United (MA), NY Athletic Club, Rhode Island Reds (RI), and the Seacoast United Phantoms (NH).   The Seacoast United Mariners are the first NPSL franchise in Maine.

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Seacoast Mariners 1 Brooklyn Italians 0

Monday May 30th - University of Southern Maine, Gorham.

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 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.  

 

 

 


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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 ParsonsParsons 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.

Maker & Bland Lift Mariners Past Brooklyn
June 6th, 2015

Saturday the Mariners NPSL team was at home once again at USM's Gorham Campus. Having lost to the Italians 2-0 in their first meeting the Mariners were looking for redemption.

In the 40th minute Elliot Maker received a pass from Ramon Espinoza just beyond mid-field and broke through the Italians defense. Makers first shot was saved by the goalkeeper, but the rebound fell kindly for Maker who made no mistake on the seconded attempt and drove the ball home.  Maker extended his scoring streak to 3 games. The Mariners lead the game 1-0 at the half. In the 58th minute the Italians answered back when the ball was passed across the top of the box to Diego Zuniga who picked his spot perfectly making the game 1-1. It remained that way until the 80th minute when a poorly cleared corner came out to Marc Goulet at the top of the box. Goulet fired a shot through traffic that deflected off of Jerome Bland and dropped to the ground inside the 6 yard box. Bland was able to collect the ball and pass into the back of the goal. The Mariners were able to hold onto the 2-1 lead, thanks to a huge effort from goalkeeper Will Pike. Pike had an outstanding game in goal recording 16 saves. The Mariners are back in action this Friday in Rhode Island against the Reds before returning home for a match against the Phantoms.

 
NPSL Mariners, Finish 1-1 vs NY Athletic Club
May 30th, 2015

GORHAM, ME - The Seacoast United Mariners recorded their second tie of the 2015 season as they played a very tough NYAC team on the campus of USM.

The Mariners threatened early in the first half when Zach Bouchard touched it past NYAC's last defender and was left 1 v 1 with the keeper. NYAC's goalie came up big and made two saves to keep the ball out of the net. The score remained 0-0 at the end of the first half. Early in the second half Mariners player Elliot Maker collected the ball just inside NYAC's half, split three defenders, and slotted the ball past the keeper to put the Mariners up 1-0. The Mariners were unable to hold on to the lead, in the 75th minute a NYAC strikers shot ricocheted of the post and into the goal. The Men return to action on June 12th in RI.

Mariners NPSL
May 16th, 2015

On Saturday May 16th the Mariners NPSL Men's team took on the league leading NY Cosmos at 6pm. This was the second meeting for the two clubs with the NY Cosmos defeating the Mariners in their first match. The Mariners were able to catch the Cosmos on two counter attacks and were up 2-0 in the first half. With two minutes remaining in the first half a more than questionable obstruction call was made inside the Mariners 18 yard box. This gave the Cosmos an indirect free kick within 10 yards of the goal. Going into the half the score was 2-1 in favor of the Mariners. In the second half the Cosmos were able to take the lead for the first time in the game going up 3-2. With less than 5 minutes remaining the Mariners were able to pull one back and tie the game 3-3 with a strike from the top of the 18. Goal scorers for the Mariners; Grady Trimble, Elliot Maker, and Eric Barthold. The Men will be at home once again on May 30th at USM vs NY Athletic Club.  

2015, This year the Mariners welcome in new head coach Jim Hopkins after 8 season's at Dean College. He presence should ensure the team is very well organized and much more difficult to break down. The squad this season is expected to have a good blend of youthful exuberance and wily older guile and we welcome Venezuelan born striker Ramon Espinoza from Madrid who has a good track record at highly competitive levels.
 
At a very athletic 6' 4", keeper William Pike will provide a daunting figure in net and is expected to shore up the last line of defense significantly, while former All American midfielder Marc Goulet is the ideal candidate to pull the strings in the heart of the midfield.
 
This is a very tough conference but with the new additions to the squad, and a great coach at the helm, the Mariners are hopeful of a more successful 2015 campaign.

 


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