New England Soccer Today

Boston Grabs Last-Gasp Win over Azul

Staring at a deficit two minutes from time, Pat Hamilton and Lucas Pessanha each scored before the final whistle to give Boston Victory a come-from-behind 2-1 win over fellow PDL debutante CFC Azul on Saturday.

Former Revolution midfielder Ryan Kinne put the hosts on the board in the 57th minute. But CFC allowed its guests to climb back when Hamilton scored in the 88th minute and Pessanha decided it in the 90th minute.

“It is the energy and the never quit spirit that took us over the finish line,” Victory coach Taborda said after the game. “We played well and with passion. Naturally we are excited by our first win.”

The first half opened with the chances few and far in between. Azul midfielder Steve Covino put a shot on frame early, but Jordan Bar denied it to keep the board unblemished going into the half.

But the second stanza was another story. In the 57th minute, Sonny Narro crossed it over to Kinne, who headed it past Bar to score Azul’s first goal on record.

With the game approaching full-time, it seemed that an Azul win was all but certain. That was until Keegan Campbell crossed toward Hamilton, who juggled it, turned, then fired it past keeper Greg Cumpstone to level it before the whistle.

Seconds later, however, Matheus Assaf sent low cross to Pessanha, who pushed it through to deliver Victory from the brink and give them win number one of the 2012 season.

“We should have won 2-nil, so I am disappointed,” Azul head coach David Kelly said after the game. “We made some real immature mistakes at the end of the match that can’t happen with these guys.”

The Azul return to action on May 13 against the Seacoast United Phantoms in Portsmouth, N.H. Boston will kick off its home slate on May 12 when they host Worcester Hydra at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Quincy, Mass.


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