2020 CPL regular season (The Island Games) — Match #34 HFX Wanderers FC vs. Pacific FC September 15, 2020 at 8:00 p/m. ET/9:00 p.m. AT
UPEI Artificial Turf Field in Charlottetown, PEI Watch Live: OneSoccer.ca
The second “Coastal Clash” of the 2020 CPL season on Tuesday between HFX Wanderers FC and Pacific FC is a tale of two different teams.
MVP candidate Akeem Garcia: Against Cavalry, Golden Boot leader Akeem Garcia was hauled down inside the Cavs’ box by Jonathan Wheeldon and converted from the penalty spot for his sixth goal of the campaign. Garcia then turned provider by delivering a through ball that sent João Morelli in alone on goal that eventually led to the Brazilian scoring from the penalty spot. Garcia is red hot right now, and Pacific will have to keep close tabs on him.
Pacific’s PK problem: Both of Forge’s goals on the weekend came via the penalty spot, and conceding penalties has been a major issue for Pacific at The Island Games. The Tridents have given up a league-high six penalties on PEI. HFX has won five penalties (tied for the most with Cavalry), so Pacific would be well-advised not to send the Wanderers to the spot.
Will others step up for HFX?: Incredibly, Garcia and Morelli have accounted for 10 of HFX’s 15 goals at The Island Games (or 67 per cent). Five other players have one goal: Corey Bent, Alex De Carolis, Omar Kreim and Alessandro Riggi. Will someone else step up vs. Pacific to take some of the goal-scoring burdens off the shoulders of HFX’s dynamic duo? Or will Garcia and Morelli have to continue to carry the load?
“I said it a couple times internally, I feel like we’re on the verge of becoming something special. We’re almost there, it’s just a matter of sticking together now and learning from what we did wrong. I’m happy right now, even though we lost. It’s mixed feelings.” – Pacific captain Marcel de Jong after the Forge game
The CPL’s first “Coastal Clash” of the 2020 season offered plenty of entertainment and goals. Ibrahima Sanoh converted a penalty in the 86th minute to help HFX Wanderers FC earn a draw, while Pacific’s young team showed well in Pa-Modou Kah’s debut as coach.