The Cox & Palmer P.E.I. F.C. defeated British Columbia’s Surrey United Firefighters 3-2 Friday, but will be in the consolation pool at the Canadian men’s club soccer championship in Halifax.
Harminder Singh, Jared Murphy and Matt Thomson scored for the Island team, which ended preliminary round play in a three-way tie for the pool lead at 1-1. P.E.I. needed to win by two goals Friday to advance.
“We got the win, which is nice, but it means the highest we can finish is ninth now,” Thomson said.
The team lost 3-0 Wednesday to Manitoba in the three-team pool play.
On Friday, P.E.I. was up 2-1 but knew it needed another goal to continue its chase for a medal.
“We pressed. We moved everyone up and only had two at the back,” Thomson said.
British Columbia tied it. P.E.I. pulled back ahead about two minutes later, but could not get the needed two-goal victory.
The team has three games in the next three days and plans to make the most of them.
“We’re still here to do our best,” Thomson said. “It’d be something interesting to end up 4-1 at the tournament and placed ninth.”