PORTLAND, Maine - Despite outshooting their opponents 11-7, the Vermont Voltage dropped its season opener to undefeated MPS Portland Phoenix 2-0 on Saturday night at Deering High School.
Charlie Rugg and Brian Fekete scored for the Phoenix (2-0), who have outscored opponents 3-0 this season. Andrew Murphy made seven saves.
Vermont goalie H.B. Lockwood stopped five shots for the Voltage (0-1), who host the Phoenix Saturday night in their home opener at 7 p.m. at the Collins-Perley Sports Complex in St. Albans.
Rugg scored the game's first goal in the 10th minute, exploiting some miscommunication in the defensive third.
"We broke down a bit defensively," said Vermont owner/player Bo Vuckovic. "You never want that to happen, but maybe it is something you have to expect can happen in your first game.
Vermont controlled much of the remainder of the half, but early in the second half, Fekete blasted a 40-yard shot on a rebound of a corner kick to make it 2-0.
"What can you say? It was a well-placed shot," said Vuckovic, adding he was pleased with the effort, if not the results.
"We played well at times," said Vuckovic. "We did a nice job of spreading the field and created some chances. They they took advantage of their chances. We'll continue to work to improved and look forward to getting a chance to play them again in the home-opener.
"Portland is a very skilled club and you could tell they had been together as a group longer than we have," said Vuckovic. "They are a very aggressive team and we will have to prepare for that."
The Phoenix had 21 fouls, compared to 11 for the Voltage.