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Atletico Ottawa take command of two-game semi-final against Pacific FC

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Atletico Ottawa 2, Pacific FC 0 (Atletico leads LPC semi-final second leg two goals to nil)

Late goals from Ballou Tabla and Zachary Verhoven on Saturday night put Atletico Ottawa in control of their Canadian Premier League semi-final second leg against Pacific FC.

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The 2-0 victory at Starlight Stadium outside Victoria, British Columbia puts Atletico in a solid position as the teams return to TD Place in Ottawa next Sunday afternoon. With a two-goal advantage in the semi-final on aggregate, Atletico are well positioned to qualify for the CPL final the following weekend.

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As CPL regular season champions, Atletico would host the one-game final.

While Pacific controlled the ball for much of the game – they possessed 64.1% possession – Atletico used the same turn but not the defensive strategy employed for much of the regular season. Pacific managed just two shots on goal against Atletico goalkeeper Nathan Ingham.

When Atletico received their overtures late, they delivered.

Tabla broke the deadlock scoreless in the 77th minute, converting on a deft pass from Ollie Bassett. Verhoven completed the scoring during stoppage time.

When the stage returns to TD Place next Sunday, Atletico will be without defender Diego Espejo. After an accumulation of too many yellow cards, Espejo will be suspended for the match.

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Atletico Ottawa earned a huge 2-0 victory over Pacific FC in the first leg of the Canadian Premier League semi-final at Starlight Stadium in Langford, British Columbia on October 16, 2022. The midfielder Ottawa Field Ollie Bassett Photo by Sheldon Mack/Kelly Wallace /Pacific FC
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