The three Development Academy Impact teams were playing their second away games this season, against Seacoast United.
Once again, in the three games played, the Impact allowed one single goal, but could only leave New Hampshire with six points out of a possible nine.
Impact U15 loses 1-0
The Impact had a few chances in both halves, but was never able to find the back of the net.
Seacoast was the first team to score in the 70th minute with a precise free kick, which ended up being the game’s sole goal.
“It was an interesting game between two quality teams,” said Impact U15 head coach Serge Dinkota. “Our finishing touch was not good enough while the opponent scored on a superb free kick. I am proud of the boys for the character they showed until the last second. The result will help the group continue its learning process and will be a good test of character for the rest of the way.”
It was the first loss of the season for the U15 group, who now holds a record of 6-1-0.
The Impact U17 wins 5-0
Despite the team missing its top goal scorer, Woobens Pacius, who has already tallied seven this season, the U17s did not falter in front of their opponents and got away with a 5-0 win.
In the 10th minute, midfielder Calin Calaidjoglu opened the scoring. Moulay Abdallah Kanzi Belghiti and Nassim Fadi both added goals before halftime to make it 3-0.
In the second half, Georges-Edouard Tissot, who came on as a sub, scored his first goal of the season in his first few minutes in Development Academy.
Defender Oscar Marshall was later ejected after getting his second yellow card of the game, but the Impact still added one more goal, when Mujtaba Hasan Mirhasan scored at the end of the game.
This was a second clean sheet for Nicolas Gagnon’s team, who now boasts a 5-1-0 record.
“The positioning of our players to build and unbalance the opponent gave them a lot of problems,” said Impact U17 head coach Nicolas Gagnon. “It was one of the most complete games that we played since the beginning of the season and surely the best defensively.”
The Impact U19 wins 5-0
The U19 group maintained its perfect record after six games with a second away win and a third clean sheet this season.
Raphaël Garcia was the first to score in the 30th minute. His teammate Tristan Resendes, who started for the first time of the season, also found the back of the net, in the 39th minute.
In the second half, Vincent Lamy completed a brace and Mikale Fontaine opened his account for the U19s this term.
“This game in Seacoast could have been a trap for us with a team that was on a good dynamic after giving good opposition to the New York Red Bulls last week”, said Impact U19 head coach Philippe Eullaffroy. “We avoided the trap because of the seriousness and determination of the players. The next game will be a good challenge against an unbeaten and confident squad, who will want to beat us on our field. We know what to expect so we need to be prepared to give them a good fight.”
The Impact Academy teams will face their biggest challenge yet next Saturday as they face New York City FC’s teams at Centre Nutrilait. The day will start with the U15s at 10am, followed by the U17s at 12pm and the U19s at 2:30pm.