This was a match that had deeper implications for York9 than most supporters would have realized. Dropping points to bottom-of-the-table Pacific FC would make the mountain just that bit tougher to climb to win the Fall Season and have a chance at the CPL Championship.
For the second gameweek in a row, it seemed York9 couldn’t buy a goal. Pacific FC goalkeeper, Mark Village, looked unbeatable doing whatever he could to keep the ball out of the net. It was an exercise in defensive structure for Pacific that showed they are more than capable of toppling the top teams in the CPL.
The first to get on the scoresheet was Teran Campbell. While being covered by Joe Di Chiara, he was able to get a step ahead and get on the end of beautiful Victor Blasco free kick to put Pacific up 1-0. This goal put him at the top of the CPL goal scoring charts with 8, followed very closely by Tristan Borges with 7.
This goal was against the run of play, as York9 had been bossing the possession and looked the more likely to score. Diyaeddine Abzi for another countless time was very dangerous overlapping on the left side, and this aggressiveness forced a good save out of Village when Abzi uncorked a ferocious shot from just inside the box.
Ryan Telfer is another player who usually creates the most dangerous chances for York9, but on this day he seemed muted by the stout Pacific FC defence.
This could be seen as a turning point game for both teams. Pacific FC could be on the up after a confident performance against York9; when in contrast, two goalless, while unlucky, matches on the hop for York9 have created a somewhat dire circumstance for York. With only 4 home matches remaining for the GTA side, it’s going to be very important for them to take maximum points from those 4.
Pacific FC’s next match is Saturday August 24th at home against Valour FC. Get tickets here.
York9’s next match is Wednesday August 21st away at Cavalry FC. Get tickets here.