Campbell’s late equalizer earns Pacific FC a point in 1-1 draw with Atlético Ottawa – Canadian Premier League
Terran Campbell was the hero of Pacific FC in the 1-1 draw against Atlético Ottawa on Sunday afternoon, scoring an 86th-minute equalizer to save a point for his side.
After a quick start to the game that saw both teams test opposing goalkeepers, Atlético Ottawa struck first in the 19th minute. Recovering a low pass in the area from Shawn-Claud Lawson, Alberto Soto broke through the baseline of the Pacific. He took a few touches before slipping the ball across the face of the goal to Brian Wright, who easily kicked the ball home a few yards away.
Dylon Powley made two impressive reaction saves at the end of the first half to deprive Pacific FC of two scoring chances. Matteo Polisi’s shot on goal with his first touch was held up by Powley, while the Ottawa goalkeeper also dove to his left to fend off a shot from Sean Young moments later.
Powley made a total of three saves in the first half, with players ahead of him blocking two more chances.
Victor Blasco was the liveliest of the Pacific players in the first half, taking four shots – including one on target – and completing all of his nine assists. He was a threat on the left flank, as was Kunle Dada-Luke on the right, but Ottawa took a 1-0 lead at halftime.
Pacific came out of the gate in the second half, with a sense of urgency they would maintain for most of the half.
Moments after the start of half-time, Blasco was once again denied by the Ottawa keeper, and the Tridents moved closer again minutes later – left unmarked at the back post as a corner kicked in. in the box, Lukas MacNaughton steered the ball over the crossbar a few yards away.
It looked like Atlético Ottawa would take all three points in a surprise road win, but couldn’t resist the sustained pressure from the Tridents. The visitors finally broke down in the 86th minute, as a cross in the box from Jordan Haynes was met in the air by Terran Campbell.
The second-half substitute rose above everyone else to score the tying goal and earn a point for his team.
Sunday’s game also marked the official name change of Starlight Stadium. Formerly known as Westhills Stadium, the stadium was renamed Starlight Stadium earlier this year, but officials at Starlight Investments in Toronto had yet to attend a game – which they did on Sunday.
With the draw, Atlético Ottawa remains at the bottom of the standings, but gets closer to four points from FC Edmonton in seventh place. Pacific also remains at the top of the table, with five points ahead of Cavalry FC in first place.
THE SCORE OF THE BOX
19 ′ – Brian Wright (Atlético Ottawa)
86 ′ – Terrien Campbell (Pacific FC)
51 ′ – Yellow: Zachary Verhoven (Atlético Ottawa)
67 ′ – Yellow: Chris Mannella (Atlético Ottawa)
71 ′ – Yellow: Josh Heard (Pacific FC)
80 ′ – Yellow: Ollie Bassett (Pacific FC)
90 + 1 ′ – Yellow: Tevin Shaw (Atlético Ottawa)