P.E.I. F.C. repeats at league champions
Brett Hogan scored three goals Sunday as SoccerStop P.E.I. F.C. clinched the McCain New Brunswick Premier Soccer League title.
Hogan scored on a shot from the top of the box, added another on a breakaway and completed the hat trick by tapping in a Jared Murphy pass for his fourth on the season.
Murphy had his first goal of the season and Sam Smiley recorded his second as the Island squad defeated the Fredericton Reds 5-1 at the UPEI turf field. Ken Morrison replied for Fredericton while Brett MacDonald was the winning keeper.
P.E.I. repeated as league champs and it was their third title in four seasons.
“It’s good to get the win and clinch,” said Hogan. “It takes a little bit of pressure off us coming down to the last two games.”
P.E.I. F.C. defeated the Reds 42 on Saturday night behind goals by Jimmie Mayaleh, Adam Lowther, Matt Thomson and Smiley. Oliver Jones and Oisin McKenna replied for the Reds.
P.E.I. improved to 7-0-3 with the victories while the secondplace Reds are 4-4-2.
“Our goal is always to compete well and medal at nationals, and winning another New Brunswick league title is certainly the first step towards that end goal,” said Thomson.
P.E.I. F.C. started the season with a pair of ties on the road before winning the next four games.
“I love how the season played out,” Thomson said. “We had a great core of committed players who all had the same thing in mind, and they showed up ready to play and work hard.”
He pointed to the remaining three teams in the four-team league being separated by seven points as a sign of how competitive the circuit is.
“It’s a testament to our guys and the depth of our squad that we can come out and continue to get wins against these good teams.”
The Island squad plays its final home game Friday at 7:30 p.m. and completes the season Sunday at 2 p.m. in Moncton. Both games are against Codiac First Touch (4-6-0).
“There was a lot of talk in the dressing room after (Sunday’s game) about wanting to continue with the season we’ve had and try and stay undefeated,” Thomson said.