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Pacific FC’s record has fallen to 1-4-2 – not a good kickoff to their inaugural season. Saturday, they experienced their second consecutive road loss, this time 1-0 to York9 (GTA), which follows a 2-1 loss to HFX Halifax Wanderers.

They have had a mix of bad luck with own goals, season-ending injuries and periodic episodes of backing off the intensity that is needed to play at this level. They backed off the ball and backed off the intensity several times during their game against York9 on Saturday. At this level, there is little room for error; teams need to play a full game.

They did not play a full 90-minutes.

During the first half, York9 controlled from mid-field and were unlucky not to penetrate the back line on several occasions. For this, PFC was fortunate not to be down 2-0 or 3-0 at the half.

Ben Fisk misfired on a penalty and the York9 goaltender made the save look easy.

Unfortunately, defender Ryan McCurdy had another own goal at 36’; it’s his second this season.

The win was York9’s first of the season and now they sport a record of 1-2-3 for fifth place, one position up on Pacific FC who sit second-to-last in the season standings. PFC are one point up on FC Edmonton, the basement dwellers.

So far, this is not the high-scoring football that was promised before the season started, although the play is an exciting brand of professional ball and the fitness of the athletes is clearly at a high level. For the gates to continue to swing at Westhills, PFC will need to cobble together some wins.

Cavalry FC of Calgary is 6-0 and occupy first place overall. Forge FC is in second at 5-2-1 with 16 points total, two fewer than Calvary.

PFC’s road trip continues when they meet Valour FC on Thursday at Investor’s Group Field in Winnipeg.

PFC will host Edmonton Sunday, June 23 at Westhills Stadium.