SoccerStop P.E.I. F.C. can clinch a league title with a tie tonight in Moncton.
The first-place P.E.I. F.C. (12-1-1) plays the second-place Codiac First Touch (8-3-1) in McCain New Brunswick Premier Soccer League action. Game time is 7:30 p.m. at the Harrison Trimble High School turf field.
“We know it’s not going to be a walk in the park against Moncton,” said Jared Murphy. “They have a lot of good players and they’re not going to give us the league.”
P.E.I. swept Codiac 5-0 and 2-0 a month ago when the teams met in Charlottetown.
Murphy said the Moncton-based team plays an offside trap.
“That can be frustrating to deal with when you’re attacking against them,” he said. “Some minor adjustments can make a big difference.”
The game will see the league’s top-three goal scorers in Murphy (13 goals), Codiac’s Connor McCumber (nine) and P.E.I. F.C.’s Adam Lowther (eight) on the pitch. Other top Island scorers are Matt Thomson (seven), Brett Hogan (six), Harmi Singh (four) and Cole MacMillan (three).
Dave Feener and Brett MacDonald each have six wins for P.E.I. F.C. this season.
Codiac had requested the Friday night game as it is hosting its annual youth tournament this weekend.
The Island squad will be missing a few players due to work commitments while Dan McAleer and Dave Feener are resting injuries. Cole MacMillan and Lowther are both available tonight after resting injuries Sunday.
The Island squad has two games remaining heading into tonight’s game while Codiac has four. The teams meet again on July 26 in Moncton.
P.E.I. F.C. won the league title two years ago, but finished third last year with a 10-5-1 record.
The team set the goal at the beginning of the season to get back on top and is a point away from accomplishing the feat.
It also is looking to make noise on the national stage as well.
The team will participate in the Canadian championships in Vaughan, Ont., in October. They were ninth at nationals in 2013 in Halifax and last won the Canadian championship in 2010.
It’s not the only Canadian title many of the team’s players will be chasing this fall.
About a dozen of them will
be suiting up for the UPEI Panthers as they prepare to host the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) championship in November.