Published on June 22, 2014
SoccerStop P.E.I F.C. keeper Brett MacDonald punches the ball away from the net as Dillon Wight tries to block off Blake Kelly of Codiac First Touch Sunday during McCain New Brunswick Premiere Soccer League action at UPEI.
Guardian photo by Brian McInnis
Published on May 08, 2014
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MacDonald records clean sheet
Matt Thomson scored the winner, Adam Lowther added an insurance marker and Brett MacDonald recorded a clean sheet Saturday for SoccerStop P.E.I. F.C.
The Island squad defeated Codiac First Touch 2-0 to complete the weekend sweep and continue their dominance of the McCain New Brunswick Premier Soccer League.
Thomson was at the near post when Jared Murphy took a corner kick in the 60th minute.
“I was able to get my head on it and just change the direction enough to beat the keeper,” said Thomson, who now has six goals on the season. “We took some time at training this week to work on attacking corners and attacking wide free kicks, so it was good timing.”
Lowther scored his eighth goal of the season five minutes later after taking a pass at the top of the box.
“He was able to bend it top corner and the goalie had no chance. It was a beautiful finish,” Thomson said.
The win pushes P.E.I. F.C. record to 11-1 and provides further room between them and second-place Codiac (5-2-1). P.E.I. handed Codiac their first loss of the season, 5-0 on Friday.
“We were mentally prepared,” Thomson said. “It shows what the commitment, dedication and mentality of a large group of players can do. We had 20 people at both games and everybody was focused on getting those two wins.”
The Island squad has a couple of weekends off before hosting the Fredericton Reds on July 12 and 13. They conclude the season with games in Moncton against Codiac on July 18 and 19.
“We’re happy to be at the top of the table, that was our goal, but we also now there’s four (meaningful) games left,” Thomson said.
P.E.I. F.C. had requested the weekends off with big events taking place on the Island.
Thomson said the training sessions will be critical during the off weeks, but he said the team has been getting good numbers out to its high-intensity training sessions this season.