Un­der the lights

P.E.I. F.C. plays Co­diac at home tonight

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - THE GUARDIAN

Soc­cerS­top P.E.I. F.C. plays their fi­nal home game of the sea­son tonight at UPEI.

Soc­cer Stop P.E.I. F.C. play­ers aren’t ready to pack it in, hav­ing al­ready clinched the McCain New Brunswick Premier Soc­cer League ti­tle.

P.E.I. F.C. (7-0-3) hosts Co­diac First Touch (4-6-0) tonight at 7:30 p.m. at UPEI be­fore con­clud­ing the sea­son Sun­day at 2 p.m. against Co­diac at Har­ri­son Trim­ble High School in Monc­ton.

“We’re not think­ing the job is fin­ished yet,” said Is­land striker Jared Mur­phy. “It would be great to fin­ish off the sea­son with no losses.”

P.E.I. F.C. play­ers want to con­tinue to build on the sea­son as it pre­pares for the na­tion­als in Cal­gary from Oct. 7 to 12.

“Ev­ery game be­tween then and now is im­por­tant to us,” Mur­phy said. “We’re go­ing to try and fin­ish off the sea­son with two wins.”

The Is­land team leads the cir­cuit in goals scored with 25 while it has al­lowed the fewest with nine in 10 games. Fred­er­ic­ton has scored the sec­ond most with 14 while Co­diac has al­lowed the sec­ond fewest with 12.

P.E.I. is 2-0 against Co­diac this sea­son with both games be­ing de­cided by a goal. Mur­phy said Co­diac has a num­ber of play­ers from the Univer­sité de Monc­ton squad and they al­ways play P.E.I. hard.

P.E.I. F.C. will be with­out its top scorer this week­end as Matt Thom­son, who has six goals this year, has pre­vi­ous com­mit­ments. Mur­phy said it is a loss, but one the team is pre­pared for with its depth and young play­ers gain­ing con­fi­dence this sea­son.

“Matt has been play­ing great this sea­son for us, but I think a lot of guys on the team have been step­ping up and scor­ing goals.”

Brett Ho­gan scored three times Sun­day and sits sec­ond on the team this sea­son with four while Adam Lowther and Alex O’Brien each have three.

The team had a light train­ing ses­sion Thurs­day as it pre­pared for a rare Fri­day night home game.

“I think guys are ex­cited to play un­der the lights,” Mur­phy said. “It’s al­ways a treat for guys.”

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