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Adam Lowther scored the tying and winning goals Sunday as the SoccerStop P.E.I. F.C. defeated the Fredericton Wanderers 4-1.
It completed a weekend sweep of Fredericton teams in the McCain New Brunswick Premier Soccer League and pushed the Island squad’s record to 9-1.
Sunday, the host Wanderers led 1-0 at the half on a goal by Aaron Gagnon before Lowther finished off a play about 10 minutes into the second.
Max Maund started the play with a long ball to the wing.
“Brett Hogan, who had an excellent game today, took it off his chest and laid it into the box,” explained teammate Jared Murphy. “Lowther had an excellent finish, up and over the keeper, back post, and that kind of changed the momentum.”
Lowther’s seventh goal of the season was the game-winning marker. Murphy scored his 11th of the year and Matt Thomson, on a penalty kick, tallied his fourth in the win.
Murphy said P.E.I. always has to fight for its points against the Wanderers (1-5-1).
“We came into today’s game knowing that we really had to work hard to win today,” he said. “We weren’t going to beat them with our skill, we had to beat them with our work ethic.”
The Island squad opened the weekend with a 3-0 victory Saturday over the Fredericton Reds (2-4-0).
Harmi Singh, Kieran Moore and Lucas Holmes scored in the victory while Dave Feener had the shutout, for the first of two victories on the weekend.
The weekend games were played under overcast conditions without any rain.
It was the third straight weekend of games on the road for the Island squad. They went 5-1 during the stretch.
“It’s huge for our confidence,” Murphy said. “The last half of our season is really going to determine who wins the league.”
The league champion is determined on regular season record.
League-leading P.E.I. F.C. host second-place Codiac First Touch (5-0-1) Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. Both games are at UPEI.
After those games the Island squad has four games remaining, two at home against the Reds on July 12 and 13 and two in Moncton against Codiac on July 18 and 26.