Late lapses costly for struggling Pacific FC

A familiar storyline of a backline lapse again cost Pacific FC on Wednesday in a 2-1 Canadian Premier League in Toronto against York9.

Terran Campbell’s fifth goal of the season, off a driving cross from Panamanian import Alexander Gonzalez, tied the game for Pacific FC at 66 minutes. But York9 slid a ball into the PFC box just a minute later and again PFC’s youth was brutally exposed as the more muscular Simon Adjei simply outmuscled former Canada U-20 player Emile Legault off the ball and then found the short side on an acute angle for the winning goal. Legault was issued a yellow card at 36 minutes and was likely wary about drawing another and being expelled from the game.

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“We’ve been over this [about the small letdowns that give opponents openings] and it happened again and we need to stop doing that,” said Pacific FC head coach Michael Silberbauer.

“Football games are won and lost on details and we need to be more precise. We again need to learn from this. Part of learning is evolving.”

Canada-capped former MLS Toronto FC-signed Manny Aparicio got York9 on the board at 20 minutes with a stunning strike from well out that beat PFC ’keeper Nolan Wirth cleanly with what will be a candidate for CPL goal of the year. Aparicio then drew a yellow card for ripping off his jersey in celebration.

“Listen, if I scored a cracker like that, I’d be celebrating like that, too,” said York9 coach Jimmy Brennan.

York9, named after the nine municipalities in York Region, continued its run of fine play in its last three games. York held Montreal Impact of MLS to a 2-2 tie last week in the third round of the Canadian Championship with the Impact only salvaging the draw with a goal in injury time. York9 (2-3-5 in the spring season and 2-1 in the fall season) then halted FC Edmonton’s four-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory Sunday.

Pacific FC (3-5-2 in spring and is 0-3 in fall) has a long flight but short turnaround before returning to Westhills Stadium on Saturday to face HFX Wanderers of Halifax.

The travel is what it is in Canada and “you have to keep up pace,” said former Danish international Silberbauer.

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