One more game
P.E.I. F.C. can complete undefeated season Sunday in Moncton
The third time was a charm for Sam Smiley Friday night.
Shortly after checking into the first half of the McCain New Brunswick Premier Soccer League game, the SoccerStop P.E.I. F.C. player found himself with a glorious scoring chance.
Codiac First Touch keeper Samuel Charron made the initial save and turned aside the rebound. Smiley kept working and got the ball out front to Jared Murphy, who deposited the only goal of the game.
“I was going bottom corner and he made two great saves,” Smiley said. “Luckily, Jared was there to save my butt.”
The teams traded scoring opportunities prior to the goal and Smiley said Murphy’s marker gave the team confidence.
“It seemed to get us into the game, get us into our groove.”
Murphy had a good chance earlier in the half but the ball deflected off the post and stayed out.
Brett MacDonald recorded the clean sheet as P.E.I. F.C. won 1-0 to remain undefeated heading into Sunday’s finale with Codiac in Moncton. The Island squad wrapped up the league title Sunday by defeating Fredericton, but has set the goal of going undefeated.
Coach Bruce Norton said he liked the effort Friday, but would have liked to see his team bury a couple more opportunities.
“We had enough chances to score two or three goals,” he said. “We may well have let our foot off the gas a little bit after the weekend against Fredericton.”
He noted all three games with Codiac have been decided by one goal and he expects another tight contest on Sunday.
“This is a good league, good teams and Moncton has played us tough all year, so I wasn’t surprised it was a tough game,” he said.
P.E.I. F.C. improved to 8-0-3 and 6-0-0 at home this season. Codiac dropped to 4-7-0.
SoccerStop P.E.I. F.C.’s Brett Hogan, left, and Codiac First Touch’s Mitsu Matsuda chase after the ball Friday at UPEI.