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Victory defeats Voltage

Posted by Matt Pepin, Staff  June 11, 2012 08:23 AM

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The Boston Victory put behind them two successive defeats with an encouraging single-goal win over the Vermont Voltage in Quincy on Saturday night.

The game's decisive moment came on 24 minutes when the impressive Andrew Sousa latched onto a quick free kick from Paul Latif before netting past goalkeeper Ryan Brooks-Newton.

The goal was worthy of the Euro 2012 finals themselves, the former Revolution player drawing the goalkeeper by allowing the ball to bounce before producing a deft stab with his right foot to completely outwit his opponent.

Zico Veiga squandered two glorious chances for the home team before halftime while the visitors, for whom Liam Gilbert was most impressive, were not much of an offensive threat in the opening half.

Vermont picked up its game after the break and Victory goalie Pat Hamilton was called upon to keep out a close range header from striker, Ognjen Perucica. The Vermont striker skied a header six minutes later when it seemed easier to score, and the same player was later denied by a flying save from Hamilton.

Vermont turned the screws in the closing stages and had the Victory defending at sixes and sevens for the final 12 minutes, which included five excruciating minutes of injury time.

But the home team held out and will be grateful to have bagged their second league victory of the season.

The Victory are next in action on Wednesday when they take on CFC Azul at Oliver Ames College in Easton at 7 p.m.

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