Per­fect fin­ish

Mur­phy’s goal gives P.E.I. the win and com­pletes an un­de­feated sea­son for P.E.I.F.C.

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - dstew­art@the­ Twit­­wart

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.


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