April 28, 2019 Victoria, BC (ISN) – The fledging Pacific FC of the Canadian Premier League defeated the visiting Halifax Wanderers FC 1-0 in front of a reported sold out crowd of 5,154 Westhills Stadium soccer fans in their inaugural CPL game.
Hendrik Starostzik, a 28 year-old German Pacific FC defender, would give his team the win after heading in a ball delivered on a corner kick by Noah Verhoeven in the 23rd minute of play. Starostzik would also play a key role from his defensive position, clearing away a goal-line Halifax ball to deny the Wanderers the equalizing goal in the 75th minute and take away Man of The Match honours.
The Wanderers would make a match of it with their own chances in the game, scoring a goal only minutes after Starostzik’s first half tally, only to be disallowed.
With Lucas MacNaughton the recipient of a pair of yellow cards, and down to ten players with the infraction, Pacific FC would battle Halifax in a physical 2nd half but would defensively rise to the occasion for the win keeping Halifax of the score sheet.
With the win and three points in the win column, Pacific FC leads the league, with Forge FC and York9 FC tied for second place.
Pacific FC will look to protect their one game unbeaten streak when they next host Valour FC on May 1st, 8 p.m. at Westhills Stadium.