Ten different players score on opening weekend of premier soccer league action
Depth was key for SoccerStop P.E.I. F.C. in opening the McCain New Brunswick Premier Soccer League on the weekend with a pair of lopsided victories.
P.E.I. swept Fundy United, winning 7-0 on Saturday and 7-1 on Sunday at UPEI. The host squad had a full bench while Fundy’s coach suited up to give the visitors 11 players.
“It’s definitely a confidence-boosting weekend for the team,” Jared Murphy said Sunday. “All of the guys are really happy with the results and look forward to playing some more games.”
Cole MacMillan scored twice to pace P.E.I. F.C. Saturday during a wet, windy day at the UPEI turf.
Scoring singles were Dillon Wight, Jimmy Mayaleh, Brett Hogan, Jared Murphy and Adam Lowther.
Harmi Singh scored twice on Sunday while Charles Aondo, Dan McAleer, Matt Thomson, Murphy and Lowther notched singles.
Ten different players scored their first goal of the season during the weekend, which Murphy said helps players’ confidence early in the year.
P.E.I. F.C. was able to score early in both contests and didn’t let up. Having fresh legs ready to come in and give the starters a break helped the team continue to apply pressure during both contests.
“The depth on the team is there this summer,” Murphy said. “That’s what we can do when we have a full squad.”
Brett MacDonald was the winning keeper for both games with the only blemish being a first half goal Sunday on a penalty kick.
Murphy said the players would enjoy the opening weekend success, but know they have to continue to practice hard during the next two weeks for their next opponent.
P.E.I. returns to the pitch Saturday, May 24, when it hosts the Fredericton Wanderers at 2 p.m. The teams play Sunday, May 25, at 1 p.m. with both games being played at UPEI. The Island squad will then hit the road for the next five games before hosting Codiac First Touch on Friday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m.
Getting off to a good start in the league is important, making the next two home games important for P.E.I. F.C.
“Last year we came out flat-footed in the first few games, we lost several points and that hurt us in the end,” Murphy said. “It’s important to get those points at home in front of your fans.”
Elsewhere around the league, the Fredericton Wanderers defeated F.C. Chaleur 3-0 on Saturday while the Fredericton Reds blanked Chaleur 7-0 on Sunday.