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.