Three-way tie for CPL’s all-time goalscoring record
Move over Tristan Borges.
HFX Wanderers FC’s Akeem Garcia and FC Edmonton’s now on-loan Easton Ongaro went joint-top of the CPL’s all-time goalscoring charts after The Island Games, joining 2019 CPL Player of the Year Borges with 13 goals apiece.
In finding the back of the net, the 16-year-old Wright became the youngest scorer in league history, besting 17-year-old Tyler Attardo’s record for Valour FC last season, at age 16 years, 11 months, and 26 days.
Golden Glove nominee and Forge FC standout Triston Henry moved past 2019 Golden Glove winner Marco Carducci of Cavalry FC in all-time CPL clean sheets with 14, after recording five shutouts in 10 matches in PEI.
Carducci, who added three clean sheets on his own at The Island Games, now has 12 career shutouts in CPL play.
Henry finished second in saves (23) and save percentage (73 per cent) amongst goalkeepers who played more than one match at the Island Games.
Fastest goal – Francisco Acuña (Atlético Ottawa) – 22 seconds
Atlético Ottawa’s Francisco Acuña set a new mark for the fastest goal in CPL history on Aug. 23rd when he scored just 22 seconds into his side’s match against FC Edmonton. Acuña bested Marco Bustos’ record of 30 seconds, which came as a member of Valour FC in a match against Forge FC on June 15, 2019.
Acuña scored again in the 15th minute to give Ottawa a 2-0 lead over FCE, though the match ended in a 2-2 draw.
Prince Edward Island soccer historians, please get in touch. To CanPL.ca’s knowledge, The Island Games were the first top-level professional matches held on the shores of PEI.
An island rich in soccer history at amateur and post-secondary level, teams from Canada’s smallest province has punched well above their weight over the years. But pro soccer never came to the province until CPL players landed in PEI this summer.
Best individual attacking performance – Marco Bustos (Pacific FC)
Pacific FC’s 5-0 win over HFX Wanderers, the second-biggest margin of victory in CPL history, also saw the most “goal involvements” from one player.
Nineteen penalties were called in 35 matches in Prince Edward Island, and half of all matches featured at least one. For context, 35 penalties were awarded during the 98-match season.
Now, in order to set a record, we here at CanPL.ca have created a brand new metric: Penalties per 90 minutes.
In 2019, we saw a penalty every 252 minutes – approximately one every three matches (270 minutes) – bringing us to 0.35 penalties per 90 minutes of action.
At The Island Games, a penalty was called every 165 minutes, which equates to 0.54 penalties per match – a record that we doubt will ever be beaten, but check back with us at the end of the 2021 campaign.