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Pacific FC focuses on learning after 2-0 defeat to York 9 FC

Youth development remains at the core of Pacific FC, despite varied results.

VICTORIA, B.C. — In a Canadian Premier League clash Wednesday, Pacific FC lost 2-0 to York 9 FC in front of an announced crowd of 2,043 visitors at Westhills Stadium. During the defeat, Pacific FC became the first club in the league to have played under-21 Canadian players for more than 10,000 minutes.

In the first half, Pacific FC played the more attractive brand of soccer and, with youthful enthusiasm, had the Ontario-based side playing on its back foot. After 45 minutes, the Vancouver Island-based club led the match with 10-4 shots overall and 3-0 shots on target. 

Victor Blasco produced the biggest chance in the 44th minute. The Spaniard broke through in the center of the park, but York 9 FC goalkeeper Nathan Ingham shut down Blasco in the one-on-one situation. 

It was the sort of youthful play Pacific FC hopes to sell to its fans.

“We have one of the youngest teams in the league,” Pacific FC CEO Rob Friend said to Pro Soccer USA last month. “We’re committed to finding young players, and ultimately that will grow the game in Canada.”

Heading into Wednesday’s game against York 9, Pacific FC was undefeated in five games and fourth in the league with 12 points out of the first 10 games. 

But with youth comes at times a lack of consistency, and unfortunately for Pacific FC, the game Wednesday was one of those times.

“Yeah, the duration of a game is 90 minutes and not 45 minutes,” Pacific FC defender Hendrik Starostzik said after the game. “The second half was not really good from us.”

With the game still scoreless after 45 minutes, York 9 FC came out of the locker room pressing Pacific FC deep into the defensive third. 

Then, in the 64th minute, goalkeeper Mark Village failed to hold onto a shot from outside the box. York 9 FC striker Simon Adjei jumped on the loose ball and hammered it across the line to give the visiting side the lead. 

Pacific FC reacted furiously, and in the 72nd minute, Marcus Haber had a glorious chance to equalize from an open header but missed the target. Instead, York 9 wrapped it up in the 83rd minute, and once again Adjei was the scorer. 

Overall, it was a result that somewhat reflected Pacific FC’s learning curve this season.

“You have to learn,” Silberbauer said. “You have to be in situations to learn from them, and you have to be consistent on an everyday basis.

“We keep saying it is a learning process. But it’s also a process of learning how to win games. It has to be both, and I am looking at the performance on the field, and it is there. Sometimes we are just a bit unlucky.”

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