With the youngest roster in the pro Canadian Premier League, Pacific FC has preached patience.
A flicker of what might be was displayed Thursday in front of 6,117 fans at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg as Pacific FC recorded the first road victory in franchise history with a 2-1 decision over Valour FC.
It was the first win for the Island club since the season-opening 1-0 result against Halifax on April 28 at Westhills Stadium and halted an eight-game winless streak that included two Voyageurs Cup losses.
A cannily-placed Terran Campbell cross found the foot of former Vancouver Whitecaps-prospect Victor Blasco at the far post for the first PFC goal at 37 minutes.
Tyler Attardo, only 17, levelled for Valour at 45 minutes. The 20-year-old Campbell won it with a cannon from outside the box at 67 minutes as PFC moved to 2-4-2 in league and Valour fell to 3-5.
It was Campbell’s team-leading second goal of the season.
“I am proud of the boys,” said Pacific FC head coach Michael Silberbauer.
“We want to play forward more and the boys are getting more comfortable with that.”
One in particular Thursday.
“Terran [Campbell] put in a shift today,” said Silberbauer.
“Not only today, but he has been getting better and better each game.”
The PFC defence, which has blown leads this season, held steady this time.
“Our defence held its composure, particularly after Valour levelled just before the break,” said Silberbauer.
Pacific FC returns to play FC Edmonton on Sunday afternoon at Westhills Stadium. It will be the Langord-based team’s first home game in more than a month.