Pacific's Ayman Sellouf faces off against Atlético Ottawa. Photo By Nathanael Laranjeiras

Pacific Football Club defeated Atlético Ottawa 2-1 on Wednesday night at Starlight Stadium and advanced to the semi-finals of the 2024 Canadian Championship. Following the first leg ending in a draw, it was a new game with the possibility of either team claiming the title.

Pacific’s Ayman Sellouf celebrates after scoring a penalty. Photo by Nathanael Laranjeiras

The first half was full of offensive output as Pacific FC was the first to add to the scoreboard collecting a couple of goals. The first goal was secured from a penalty kick which was gifted after a Pacific shot was deflected by an Ottawa player deflecting off his arm resulting in an opportunity from the spot. Pacifics’ Ayman Sellouf had no problem scoring and securing the 1-0 advantage for Pacific in the 28th minute. It took only a matter of time for the Pacific side to find the back of the net once again. Victoria’s own Josh Heard succeeded in tapping the rebound in after a Pacific shot hit the post in the 34th minute leaving Pacific with a two-goal lead at the half.

Pacifics’ Josh Heard celebrates after scoring the second Pacific goal against Ottawa.
Photo by Nathanael Laranjeiras

as they were eager to erase the two-goal deficit. They pushed hard securing only one goal with Samuel Salter scoring in the 60th minute which added only more tension to the already tension-ridden game. The Pacific side had a few opportunities to extend their lead but missed merely, but it proved to be enough as the Pacific side came through with the 2-1 victory.

Pacific FC vs Atlético Ottawa, Canadian Championship 2024. Photo by Nathanael Laranjeiras

Their sites now change to the next round as they will be facing the Vancouver Whitecaps, for the third time in the team’s history.