VFQ: Out Of Focus

Mass United dropped its third straight National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) contest on Saturday, losing to Seacoast United Mariners (ME) 4-1 in a driving rain after falling behind early for the second consecutive game. The win was the first of the season for the Mariners after a draw and 2 loses and the four goals were their first of the season.

United midfielders Marc Djessouho and Christopher "Shorty" Sharpe warm up before Saturday's contest

United came out flat and lacking focus for the second time in as many games and paid for it just as they did on Wednesday night. The scoring was opened in the 6th minute by Amory Houghton and the lead was doubled in the 13th by Dominic Fitzpatrick. Fazelhaq Nabi closed first half scoring two minutes later, making it 3-0 Mariners. The Riders were able to apply some pressure in the last 10-12 minutes of the half but Mariner keeper Peter Morrell’s clean sheet remained intact.

United came out strong in the second half and got on the board almost immediately when midfielder James Grant saw an opening and charged towards the middle, blasting a beautifully placed shot to the top left corner in the 47th minute. Expecting a repeat of Wednesday night I awaited more goals but United continued to struggle and could not quite make the needed connections. As time dragged on it became apparent this simply wasn’t United’s day. The scoring was completed when the Mariners were awarded a penalty kick in the 73rd minute. The shot by Anthony Yeboah was initially saved by halftime substitute Steven Liechti but a slow to react United defense left the rebound available and their keeper helpless.