Final score: Pacific FC 1-1 Atlético Ottawa
Goalscorers: Campbell 86 ′; Wright 19 ′
Game of the 2021 season: 73
CPL compliance: 208
Match in a minute or less
Terran Campbell’s late equalizer earned his Pacific side a point against Atlético Ottawa on Sunday and equalized a goal from Brian Wright in the first half.
Wright put the visiting team in the lead in the 19th minute and used a chance from Alberto Soto. Soto picked up the ball on the edge of the six-yard box, slid through two defenders, and played it across the box to Wright, who made no mistake with a simple tap from close range.
Dylon Powley had a great game in goal for Ottawa, minutes away from his third goal of the season, but couldn’t prevent Campbell’s 86th-minute equalizer. The Pacific striker jumped over his defenders to head home a Jordan Haynes cross and headed a point for his side.
With this point, Pacific moves four points ahead of Cavalry FC at the top of the table, while Atlético Ottawa moves one point closer to bottom of the table – now four points behind seventh FC Edmonton.
Dylon Powley makes an impression on his return to British Columbia
Atlético Ottawa’s goalkeeper Dylon Powley showed another strong performance between the sticks on Sunday.
Powley made his 17th start of the season for Mista’s side, making a total of six stops, including an attempt to jump to his left to keep a Sean Young shot out of the net. Aided by a strong performance from teammates before him, Powley seemed destined to win a clean sheet and was able to cause his team to have an upset on the road in a matter of minutes.
Powley is from British Columbia and had a family in the stands on Sunday. He spoke after the game about returning to his home province and the BC-born Ottawa teams looking to take their game against Pacific to a new level.
“If you get the chance to play in front of people you don’t see often, it might take your game to another level by five or six percent,” he said. “You look at Zach (Verhoven) who is not a right-back by nature and who has made a massive postponement today. You look at Ben (McKendry) using his body and building blocks.
“I have the feeling that for some of us this is certainly an additional motivating factor.”
Blasco was brisk in attack before being replaced by goalscorer Campbell
Before his departure in the middle of the second half, Victor Blasco was fully active for Pacific FC on Sunday. It started on the left, but sometimes Blasco switched to the right flank, where it was just as dangerous, and sometimes cut more central than Pacific’s main afternoon attack threat.
In the first half alone, Blasco had four shots – including one that forced Ottawa’s goalkeeper Dylon Powley to parry – as it caused all sorts of problems on the left wing. Blasco was again challenged by Powley in the second half when the Spaniard broke the Ottawa defensive line, but another fine save kept the visiting team’s lead intact.
Blasco also shot dangerous crosses from free kicks and corners in set pieces and almost set up a goal in the 52nd minute, but Lukas MacNaughton headed the throw over the crossbar.
In total, Blasco made five shots – two of which hit the net – made three key passes and completed 12 of his 13 attempted passes. All he didn’t do was find the net, which is still what he has to do this season in the CPL.
“He was bright last season but then he was hit by adversity,” said Pacific head coach Pa-Modou Kah of Victor Blasco after the game. “It was adversity that he hadn’t expected, but he is coping with it and is getting better and better.
“He always gets into positions where he can score, he only needs one. Just like Terran Campbell at the Island Games last year and a little this year when things just don’t fall. We have complete confidence in him. “
After a brisk 66-minute shift, Blasco was substituted when Pa-Modou Kah brought on Terran Campbell in the 66th minute.
This decision turned out to be correct as Campbell scored a point for his team in the closing stages of the game.
After a run into the box, the Pacific FC striker jumped off a Jordan Haynes cross and headed the ball down and into the net for a late equalizer. The fans at Starlight Stadium broke out when Campbell sent them four points ahead of the top of the table.
“We knew what we had in Terran and he shows what he is capable of,” said Kah after the game. “I still believe there is more – there are extra layers that we have to peel off, and that’s what we do. He’s had a good year, he’s confident and he’s achieving his goals so we just have to keep him happy. “
Versatility of the Atlético Ottawa full-backs who are important to Mista
Typically a right-back prior to joining Atlético Ottawa, Miguel Acosta has been one of the squad’s top players this season but on the other side of the defense.
Acosta is the only player in the league to have played every single minute for his team this season, playing the full 90 in all 19 games, a total of 1710 minutes – most of them away from his natural position on the left. He didn’t seem out of place at all and has contributed a few goals in the future too.
In the back right was Zach Verhoven on Sunday. Verhoven is more of an offensive player, has come on several times this season on the right side of defense and has been very good. Against Pacific, he led his team with 75 touches – 20 more than the second highest on the team – and also led six tackles, as well as four kills and one interception.
This positional versatility is what head coach Mista wants from his players and was very satisfied with the duo after the game.
“I am so grateful to Miguel. He’s a great example for everyone, he wants to do more for the team and grow up with the team, ”said Mista, noting that Acosta played on the left side because injuries in the squad required it and also noted that Acosta was themselves didn’t complain about playing on the left.
“He’s like Miguel, he’s a great example to everyone,” Mista said of Verhoven. “He adapts to play in position because Zach is a winger. He’s very good at one-on-one, but we need Zach to play like a striker. He has no problem adjusting and learning and talking about it [playing at right back]. “
CanPL.ca player of the game
Dylon Powley, Atlético Ottawa
The Ottawa shotstopper made six saves in an impressive goalkeeping performance and came within moments of a massive goal on the street.
Pacific FC turns its attention to the Canadian Championship and a game with fellow CPL Cavalry FC. The quarter-finals will take place on Wednesday, September 22nd (8:00 p.m. MT / 7:00 p.m. PT). Atlético Ottawa’s next game will also be against Cavalry, in CPL action on Saturday, September 25 at TD Place (4:30 p.m. ET / 2:30 p.m. MT). See all games live on OneFootball.