WINNIPEG – Valour FC scraped a point at home with a late penalty kick, as they drew 2-2 with Pacific FC on Wednesday with Michael Petrasso’s last-gasp equalizer.
Valour opened the game on a good note, with recent signing Michele Paolucci scoring in his first start for the club. The Italian forward volleyed home a rebound in the box after his teammate Marco Bustos sent in a free kick which took a dangerous deflection. The visitors responded in kind, though, as Pacific’s Ben Fisk tapped in a loose ball from the six-yard box after Valour’s defence cleared a chance off their goal line just seconds before.
On the brink of halftime, centre-back Lukas MacNaughton rose high above his opposite number in the box to score an emphatic header. Zach Verhoven’s cross found MacNaughton as a clever short corner kick from Pacific sent the Valour defenders into disarray.
Petrasso, who looked sharp in his return to the lineup after well over a month on the sidelines, stepped up to the spot following a penalty given again Pacific FC’s MacNaughton. The Valour FC midfielder scored the spot kick, sending ‘keeper Nolan Wirth the wrong way. Valour managed to hold on to their late equalizer to secure their second straight draw, earned in similar circumstances to the weekend’s 1-1 result against Cavalry FC.
Pacific’s next contest will be August 10 at FC Edmonton (6:00 p.m. ET, 4:00 p.m. MT, on OneSoccer).
4′ – Michele Paolucci (Valour FC)
25′ – Benjamin Fisk (Pacific FC)
43′ – Lukas MacNaughton (Pacific FC)
90+’ – Michael Petrasso (Valour FC)
23′ Yellow – Louis Béland-Goyette (Valour FC)
47′ Yellow – Blake Smith (Pacific FC)
67′ Yellow – Jordan Murrell (Valour FC)
70′ Yellow – Jose Galan (Valour FC)
87′ Yellow – Adam Mitter (Valour FC)
88′ Yellow – Noah Verhoeven (Pacific FC)
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Founded in 2018, Pacific Football Club brings professional football to Vancouver Island. Playing out of a renovated, 6000-seat Westhills Stadium in Langford, the club provides an outlet for Canadian soccer players to compete at the professional level of the sport on home soil. Fans can enjoy the fast-paced, thrilling atmosphere of a Pacific FC game by purchasing tickets at www.pacificfc.ca.