New York Cosmos B defeated Greater Lowell NPSL FC, 2-0 on Sunday, in Tyngsborough, MA. The first goal came off a penalty kick in the 25th minute of play, when captain Doug Searl made a tackle and was yellow carded. After the penalty goal, the Cosmos controlled the remaining half. Lowell had a chance around the 40th minute, however, the Cosmos keeper dealt with it easily.
Cosmos had another opportunity, late in the first half, right in front of the goal, however, goalkeeper Cooper Hall came off his line to force a pass and defender Patrick Hamilton made a huge blocked shot to keep the score 1-0 going into the half.
In the second half, Cosmos had possession for large periods of time and used long balls or through balls to attack, holding Lowell to essentially no offense. Eventually this payed off for the Cosmos a second time. They passed the ball to the goal line and were able to play it back and across to the top of the six-yard box where they powered it high and into the back of the net.
Lowell has definitely put themselves in a tight spot going into their upcoming five-game road stint. Dropping games to Elm City, TSF FC, and now the New York Cosmos B, keeps them in last place in the Atlantic Blue Conference. However, there is a slight glimmer of hope if they can pull out a full 15 points from this upcoming road stretch.
After the game, head coach Winston Haughton had this to say. “Cosmos set the tempo in the opening minutes of the game and were able to capitalize.”
“It was an extremely frustrating game but we focus on training this week and start getting ready for the next game,” midfielder Phillip Jean-Baptist commented.
Interestingly, Greater Lowell has conceded six goals, in their four games. Three of the goals came from penalty kicks. This is an inaugural season for the “Rough Diamonds” and it will be nice to see them winning games.