Pacific FC closed the Canadian Premier League’s Fall season on a high, grabbing a 2-0 win over Valour FC in front of a sold-out crowd at Westhills Stadium.
Zach Verhoven opened the scoring in the 12th minute when the winger got on the end of a line-breaking backheel pass from Terran Campbell, slotting a chip over Tyson Farago. Another in-on-goal chip from Verhoven minutes later marked a strong first 20 minutes of play from the hosts.
Valour’s chances were few and far between in the first half. A freekick from Bustos was as close as they got, challenging Pacific keeper Nolan Wirth.
Pacific, under assistant coach James Merriman after Michael Silberbauer left the club this week, continued holding large swaths of possession well into the second half.
Valour started getting their own passing touch through the hour-mark. Snippy possession led by Marco Bustos, Tyler Attardo and Jose Galan put PFC on the backfoot at times.
Pacific FC would, however, soon seal the win via Canadian international Ben Fisk. The captain went unmarked at the back post in the 61st minute, taking time to control the ball and place an effort in front of the Lake Side Buoys.
Fisk would leave the pitch soon after, giving the captain’s armband to Marcel de Jong, who closed the 2019 season with just his third appearance.
Pacific ends 2019 with 20 points in the Fall season (5-5-8), jumping up to fourth, leapfrogging a Valour side that earned 19 points through 18 matches (5-4-9).