Cavalry broke the game open in the 15th minute via a trip to the spot. Abdoulaye Samake’s lunging tackle was a clear-cut penalty decision from referee David Barrie, and Cavalry’s Nik Ledgerwood duly converted it to put Pacific in a hole early on.
It was the fifth penalty conceded by Pacific at The Island Games, the most of any CPL team.
“Again, we gave up another penalty and put us at the bottom of an uphill battle,” Pacific midfielder Jamar Dixon said. “We had chances to go forward, we’d get a half-chance and that’s all you can ask for. We have to stop giving away these PKs, they’re too much.”
Coach Pa-Modou Kah agreed.
“In the box, you don’t tackle. He’s going out wide, you don’t need to tackle him,” Kah said.
A bright spot on Wednesday came from a previously-considered depth option in Sean Young. The 19-year-old Victoria native operated as a box-to-box midfielder, and impressed Dixon.
“Sean is a guy I talk with a lot and I have so much respect for this young man. He listens, works his butt off, and he’s humble,” Dixon said PFC.
Pacific can’t afford to slip up when they return to the pitch Saturday to face Forge FC (12pm ET/1pm AT, OneSoccer/CBC). They’ll need points there and against HFX Wanderers FC next Tuesday to have a shot at advancing to the 2020 CPL finals.