Meet Saturday's Opponent Seacoast United Phantoms
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Eastern Conference Semifinal Opponent: Seacoast United Phantoms
Charlotte, NC – The Charlotte Eagles will take to the field on Saturday night in the 8:30 matchup of the Eastern Conference Final Four. Their opponent that night will be the Northeast Division Champion, Seacoast United Phantoms.
The Phantoms are located in Hampton, NH and have participated in the PDL since 2012. This season they finished the regular season with an 11-1-2 record. They scored the fifth most goals in the PDL this season with 44 while only conceding 20 all season. The Phantoms were led in scoring by Donnett Sackie who scored nine goals and added four assists in the regular season. Sackie also added a goal in the playoff victory over Reading United to get to the Eastern Conference Final Four.
Terence Carter and Leanardo Paiva are tied for second on the team in goals scored with seven each, Paiva has also added three assists to finish second behind Sackie in points on the Phantoms. The Phantoms playmaker is Green Bay, Wisconsin product, Audi Jepson. Jepson led the team with seven assists while also adding three goals. Jepson’s seven assists had him tied for 3rd most in the PDL.
Thor Arne Hoefs led the backline for the Phantoms in 2017. The George Washington University goalkeeper played in 11 games while recording an 8-1-2 record with two clean sheets. The German keeper stopped 66 shots on the season and ended the regular season with an .815 save percentage.
Seacoast got to the Eastern Conference Final Four with a 3-1 victory over Reading United on Tuesday night in Amesbury Sports Park. Donnett Sackie opened the scoring for the Phantoms in the 20th minute before Ivan Blaskic doubled their advantage five minutes later. Audi Jepsen added the third Phantoms goal in the 36th minute as his shot was fired past Reading keeper Justin Saliba.
Reading United got on the board before halftime as Aaron Molloy saw his penalty initially saved before it rebounded off the bar and over the goal line to make the score 3-1.
Seacoast United was able to see out the game in the second half, repelling chance after chance for Reading United.
2017 is Seacoast United’s third trip to the playoffs. Their first trip in 2014 ended in the Conference Semifinals to the West Virginia Chaos. In 2015 they lost to GPS Portland Phoenix in the play-in game. 2017 was the Phantoms’ second Northeast Division title after winning their first in 2014.
The winner of Saturday’s semifinal will move on to take on the winner of Myrtle Beach Mutiny vs Long Island Rough Riders in the final. The final will be held on Sunday night in Statesboro, Georgia. Tormenta FC will serve as the host for the Eastern Conference Playoffs, tickets are available HERE
Stay tuned to Charlotte Eagles social media for inside looks at Playoff Weekend.
From Charlotte to Statesboro, we’ll Keep the Orange Flag Flying High!