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Calgary’s Calvary FC rode into Westhills Stadium on Wednesday and proceeded to whip the Pacific FC on a rain-soaked evening. The final score was 2-0 and a rough start to the Canadian Championships for PFC – a national series like the English FA Cup.
Canada’s 13-team domestic tournament includes clubs from the Canadian Premier League, MLS and USL, League1 Ontario and PLSQ.
Pacific FC was coming off a hard-fought, scoreless draw in Edmonton the week prior, where the squad bounced back from a disappointing result in Hamilton to split the spoils with FC Edmonton and return to the Island with a point.
Michael Silberbauer said pre-game, “Calgary will be a tough test for us. They are the team to beat in the league right now. However this is the Cup and it all comes down to who is better on the day.”
The answer was Calvary who played a Pacific FC team that is relying on youth due to several injuries.
The rain did not deter some of the faithful for game-time as approximately 2300 fans took in the match.
The winner advances to the second round the CPL club Forge FC of Hamilton, ON on June 4 and 12th. The winner of the second round will face the Whitecaps of the Major League Soccer in a home-and-home set on July 10 and July 24.
“We have not made it easy on ourselves, but we have to keep believing in our game and not give up,” said Coach Michael Silberbauer.
The 3-0 Calvary dominated from the opening whistle.
Dominick Zator scored off a header from a throw in at 9’. Six minutes later, Brazilian Oliver Minatel’s header made it 2-0 – he dove at the cross to bury it past goaltender Nolan Wirth of Comox
“It is great to be back in the game and I can see that what they have put together here in Langford is a great thing,” said Martin Nash, coach and brother of the famous Steve Nash, two-time NBA MVP.