June 29, 2016
STREAKING TO SEVEN
Boston City FC stops Seacoast United Mariners
MALDEN, Mass. -- Boston City FC capitalized on a spectacular first-half goal by Homero Morais in taking a 1-0 win over the Seacoast United Mariners at Brother Gilbert Stadium Wednesday night.
BCFC (8-3-2, 26 points) improved its unbeaten streak to seven games with a fourth successive victory, securing its second-place standing in the NPSL Northeast Atlantic Conference.
Morais ran through the middle of the field before sending a shot past Blake Mullen inside the left post, extending his scoring streak to three games.
"I saw the corner and I took the shot," Morais said. "Usually when I take a long shot I look for power, but today it was a placement."
Boston City goalkeeper Victor Scariot was seldom threatened, but the Mariners threatened as Mullen moved into the goal area on an 89th-minute corner, forward Duran Shand’s header missing wide.
The Lions struggled after losing lost forward Jhonata Batista to an ankle injury after five minutes, then lost forward Leandro Moneiro, making his debut, to a knee injury in the 39th minute.
Seacoast threatened in the 36th minute, Kartikeya Swarup’s shot from the edge of the penalty area going straight at Scariot. Two minutes later, Morais latched onto a turnover, but shot weakly. In the 43rd minute, BCFC striker Darlan Rocha headed high after a Morais shot was parried by Mullen.
Early in the second half, Bruno Bonicontro curled a shot just wide and Michael Bustamante and Morais set up Pedro Da Silva, who touched just past the post.
The Lions controlled possession for most of the match. In the 70th minute, Mullen tipped a slightly deflected Bustamante 25-yarder over the cross bar. A minute later, Egberto Da Silva whistled a bullet just over the target. Then, Gabriel De Souza headed off the post, and Bustamante had two shots stopped by Mullen kick saves and blasted a finish across the face of goal.
"We were moving the ball around well and we were looking for the perfect shot and it just didn't come," Morais said.