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.