The Collins-Perley Sports Complex was packed with fans as Vermont's Premier Soccer Club, The Vermont Voltage defeated bitter rivals GPS Portland Phoenix tonight, 1-0. Tonight's match was the second encounter between the two sides during this 2013 Premier Development League season, with the first encounter ending 5-4 in favor of Portland earlier this season. Prior to tonight's match, 7 points separated the two sides, with Portland sitting 3rd in the Northeast division and Vermont placed fourth.
The match could not have started better for the Voltage. The games only goal came in the first minute of the match when Vermont's striker Lucas Carvalho Cordeiro headed the ball into the back of the net after a corner kick was redirected into Portland's box. The Phoenix became more and more aggressive throughout the half, having gone down a goal early, and in the 38th minute Portland were reduced to ten men after a rash challenge was committed against Vermont's Lucas Almeida. Although they sat one goal up and had an extra player on the field, Vermont knew better than to let their guard down against Portland, who have struck down the Voltage with late, comeback goals before in this season. Holding their shape and retaining defensive discipline, the Voltage finished the half with their one goal lead.
Half time at the Collins-Perley Sports Complex in St. Albans came complete with a show in honor of the Voltage's proud partner, the Northwestern Medical Center.
The lucky winner won 2 Subway 6" Coupons for Subway Grinders. The second half of the match proved to be frustrating for both sides. Vermont dominated possession, but was unable to find the back of the net as a result of their many chances created.
Player/Coach Bo Vuckovic stated: "I'm very pleased. The stands were crowded and full of energy and we pulled out the win on our night for the Northwestern Medical Center. The players knew what they were up against and stepped up to the challenge. We knew that you can never count Portland out, so when we got the early lead we made sure to stay disciplined in defense. We are excited to meet the Phoenix again in 10 days."
Courtesy: Vermont Voltage
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