Murphy’s goal gives P.E.I. the win and completes an undefeated season for P.E.I.F.C.
Jared Murphy was sitting on his in-laws patio Sunday with a pretty big smile on his face.
Just a few hours earlier he scored the winning goal for P.E.I. Soccer Stop F.C. in a 2-1 victory over Codiac.
It wasn’t just a win but the cherry on top of the cake for the soccer club which completes the McCain New Brunswick Premier Soccer League season without a single loss.
P.E.I. finishes the campaign 90-3.
“The undefeated season . . . feels pretty good,’’ Murphy told The Guardian. “That was our goal from the get-go.’’
Murphy scored with about 15 minutes to go in the match. He gave much of the credit for his goal to rookie Alex O’Brien who had “a couple of nice touches, a great cross and I just headed it in’’.
Sam Smiley scored P.E.I.’s other goal while Florian Ntima-Msiemi replied for Codiac on a penalty shot.
Murphy said P.E.I. had the perfect mix for its perfect season - a group of talented new players, like O’Brien, to go with a strong core of veterans.
“When you add that kind of talented youth to a core group of veterans good things are going to happen.’’
Now, it’s off to nationals in October.
Murphy says the players will attempt to stay in shape by training at UPEI and in exhibition games that will be set up for the squad.
F.C. was already booked in for the nationals as the P.E.I. representative but that didn’t phase the players.
Losing focus was not going to be a problem.
They had already wrapped up the league title a week earlier by defeating Fredericton, but the goal of going undefeated was still there.
Still, games against Codiac are never easy. All four games between the two clubs this season have been decided by one goal.
Murphy said the team doesn’t have any special plans to mark the amazing season it has had.
“We’ll probably get together and talk about the season,’’ he said.
No doubt, there will be lots of chatter about keeping things going when the nationals roll around this fall.