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Match Preview: Forge @ Pacific

Forge (0-1-0) is making their first trip to Langford, British Columbia and Westhills Stadium to take on Pacific FC (0-1-0) Saturday at 6 p.m. EDT.

Both clubs are looking for their first win of the Fall Season. Pacific fell 3-2 to Cavalry at Westhills. Forge lost 2-1 to Edmonton at Tim Hortons Field

Pacific finished the Spring Season with 11 points (three wins, five losses and two draws), and finished fourth in the table. The only meeting between these two clubs was back in May at Tim Hortons Field. Forge won that one handily, coming away with a 3-0 win. Anthony Novak, Emery Welshman and Giuliano Frano all scored in that one, while Quillan Roberts made two saves in to preserve the clean sheet.

Striker Anthony Novak will likely miss this one as he continues to rehab from a knee injury. There is a light at the end of the tunnel however, Head Coach Bobby Smyrniotis is hopeful Novak will be ready to return next week. Defender Jonathan Grant made his return to the pitch last week, after sustaining an injury in the 15’ minute of the inaugural match, coming on as a 75minute substitute against FC Edmonton. Look for Coach Smyrniotis and his staff to continue to get Grant acclimated in Langford.

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Pacific will be without Panamanian defender Alexander Gonzalez, who is serving the second game of his two game suspension for being shown a straight red card. It is also unclear whether hulking striker Marcus Haber will dress for pacific. The 6’4  Vancouver native has been nursing a knee injury since June 20 and, should he play, will present a significant challenge for Forge’s back line.

Even if Haber doesn’t suit up, there are plenty of threats on threats on the Pacific side. Terran Campbell and Spaniard Victor Blasco both sit tied with three goals each. Midfielder Noah Verhoeven was the only Pacific player named to the Spring’s best XI, while CPL.ca contributor Martin Bauman recently called defender Blake Smith, Pacific’s most valuable player.

In order to get their body clocks adjusted, Forge is heading to the west coast early and will have a training session in Langford on Friday.

First touch is scheduled for 6 p.m. EDT at Westhills Stadium in Langford. As always you can watch this one on OneSoccer.