Match Recap: Boston Siege FC v Coastal United FC
After last week’s heartbreak of a finish in the US Open Cup, Siege returned to league play where they looked to turn around their misfortunate. Siege also fell in their last league match, a bitter 1-0 defeat to Valeo FC U20. The match could prove to be crucial in the race for promotion, as your 5th placed Siege (20 pts. 7-4-1, +11) faced 4th placed Coastal United FC (23 pts. 7-3-2, +4).
The match marked the first time Siege and United would face each other this campaign, and our boys took an early, dominant stance. Utilizing a 4-4-2 formation with a diamond-shaped midfield, possession was firmly in Siege’s favor. This style of play forced United to rely on long balls over the top, which our defense, led by the effort of Carlos Alarcon, was able to easily dismiss. Early in the eighth minute, Siege midfielder Joao Bosco Godeiro continued his impressive form from the Open Cup match, and hit the crossbar off a free kick from twenty-five yards out. Less than ten minutes later, forward Hugo Erazo was able to finally capitalize on our midfield dominance, slotting the ball past the United keeper for an early 1-0 lead.
In the aftermath of the goal advantage, the match turned into a stalemate as both squads created equal chances. The bench reacted well, making substitutions in both the 26th and 29th minute which saw forward Alex Egan and wide midfielder Abu Iyob-Tessema come on to relieve pressure. The change proved to be positive as in the 38th minute, a ball up top found Egan one-on-one with the United keeper who handled the ball outside the box. Subsequently, Fidel Martinez stepped up, and smashed the ball into the United wall. The rebound remained in the United half, and seconds later, Egan found the boot of Martinez who was able to easily find the back of the net to double the lead in the 40th minute.
The break for halftime saw both teams make adjustments, highlighted by the addition of forward Tarik Cherki to partner with Erazo up top. Cherki found Godeiro who sliced his shot just past the far post, almost finding the instep of Cherki who was mere inches away from extending the lead. This would prove to be the final action of the half however, as the lights at Harry Della Russo Stadium went out. The match was consequently suspended, and a report was filed to BSSL. Siege management will continue to update on the situation, and communicate the decision of the league as soon as it is made available to us.
Looking forward, the boys will travel to Waltham, MA this Saturday, September 29th at 11:30am EST to face Kendall Wanderers C. Indeed, this is the same club Siege faced in their Open Cup loss, and no doubt Siege will be looking for revenge. Kendall sit 10th (12 pts. 3-8-1, -8) in the table, and their hopes for promotion have been squandered. This may provide an opportune chance for the boys to move that much closer to the coveted 2nd position in the table. Join us Saturday to catch us in action!
Game notes by Assistant GM Anthony Giallongo