July 10, 2016 TRAVEL TIME Boston City FC streak snapped
MALDEN, Mass. -- Boston City FCís nine-match unbeaten streak was snapped as the Lions sustained a 2-1 loss to Greater Lowell United in both teamsí final NPSL regular-season match at Brother Gilbert Stadium Sunday night.
BCFC (10-4-2, 32 points) dropped to fifth place in the Atlantic Conference regional seeding and will visit Legacy 76 in the first round of the playoffs in Williamsburg, Va., next weekend. The Lions, in their first season, needed at least a draw to finish third and retain home-field advantage.
The I-93 Derby produced two dramatic finishes in a two-day span, BCFC taking a 3-2 win over Lowell Saturday night.
Homero Morais gave Boston City the lead in the 11th minute and had a chance to up the advantage in the 75th minute, his penalty kick saved by Lucas Rezende. Two minutes later, John Dumbuya converted the deciding goal with a left-foot half volley from 25 yards.
Phillipe Jean-Baptiste threatened for Lowell, curling a shot wide in the seventh minute and Yaw Addow forced a Rezende save low at full stretch.
Morais scored after collecting a pass from Addow, who had gained possession on the edge of the penalty area, side-stepping a defender and rifling home for his sixth goal of the season, tying Michael Bustamante for the team lead.
United nearly tied the score as Dumbuya latched on to poor clearance from keeper Victor Scariot but missed an open net from 45 yards, Marcelo Cunha blocking the shot with the side of his face in the 30th minute.
The visitors pressured late in the half, Quincy Appah flicking on a Doug Searle cross, Alexander Alleyne nod the ball down to Appah, who fired over.
Boston City had several chances to take a two-goal advantage. Guilherme Desousa had a header knocked away and then hit the crossbar an acrobatic drive in the 64th minute.
Lowell tied the match as Kevin Herrera found Appah, who scored from close range.
BCFC rallied late, substitute Jean Carreiro delivering a low cross, substitute striker Samuel Batista missing by inches from close range.