Kennedy gives Phoenix a season-opening win

Mike Kennedy scored the match’s only goal as the Portland Phoenix opened its PDL season with a 1-0 victory over the New Hampshire Phantom in Northeast Division play on Deering High School’s field in Portland on Saturday.

Ben Havey set up the goal, driving upfield before feeding a through ball to Kennedy. Kennedy took the pass and slid his shot past New Hampshire goalie Will Pike.

Portland goalie Matt Williams helped the goal stand up as the winning margin, completing a shutout with a pair of tough saves late in the game.

MLS: The Colorado Rapids extended their unbeaten streak to seven matches against the New England Revolution, taking a 0-0 draw.

Colorado is 3-0-4 against New England over the last seven meetings since 2007 and are 4-3-2 overall this season.

Before a crowd of 11,755, New England (2-3-4) was shut out for the fourth time over the past five matches, scoring just three goals in that span. The Revolution has been held scoreless through the past 187 minutes.

New England’s Matt Pickens earned his second shutout of the season.


HEBRON ACADEMY: Talya Bent had five goals to lead Hebron Academy to a 16-9 win over Gould Academy at Hebron.

Gina Conroy added four goals for the Lumberjacks.