File photo. Credit: Christopher Kelsall

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Pacific FC finished of the spring half of their Canadian Premier League season the same way they started, by winning.

They defeated first-place Calvary FC by the score of 3-1.

The Calgary-based team entered Monday’s game with a record of 8-1-0, while PFC was 2-5-2. With the win, they finished the first half in fifth place with 11 points – but everything starts anew for the fall portion of the 2019 season – all teams are 0-0-0.

Nolan Wirth, the goaltender from Courtenay who played in the NCAA for the Oregon State Beavers, had an outstanding game, making several spectacular diving saves. A diving save has as much to do with anticipating the shot as it does athleticism, and he pulled it off several times during the game – to bring the 2,781 PFC fans to their feet.

“It was such an emotional performance,” said Wirth.

PFC opened the scoring when 17-year-old Ahmed Alghamdi blasted a booming shot to the top-right corner.

Issey Nakajima-Farran also scored for PFC on a smart free kick. Dominique Malonga scored Cavalry’s goal.

Victor Blasco scored at the 76-minute mark.

In regards to the standings the game was meaningless; however, it was very meaningful to PFC to get in a win against not only a first-place team, but one that they lost to, two other times so far this year.

Cavalry will have the opportunity to play the Vancouver Whitecaps of Major League Soccer in the national Voyageurs Cup.

Saturday, the fall season begins with the same two teams back at it at Westhills Stadium this Saturday.