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Alejandro Diaz, befitting a natural Canadian Premier League player, scored a natural hat-trick as Pacific FC came from behind twice to record a 4-2 victory over York United on Friday night in the Greater Toronto.

Alejandro Diaz, befitting a natural Canadian Premier League player, scored a natural hat-trick as Pacific FC came from behind twice to record a 4-2 victory over York United on Friday night in the Greater Toronto.

The former Mexican U-20 and U-23 player and Liga MX pro took his season-leading Golden Boot tally atop the CPL to 10 goals. It was the fourth hat-trick in CPL history and Diaz had two in his career.

“I was happy to score goals, but above all I was happy with our [overall] performance,” Diaz said.

“Everyone was working hard and we were supporting each other. We are finishing our chances, which is good for the team. I have to thank my teammates. They are the ones who gave me the ball. »

It was PFC’s second straight win after a bad run.

“We needed to get our confidence back,” said Diaz, who noted he scored all three goals on his wife’s birthday.

The PFC got off to a disastrous start with former Canada U-20 and Barca Residency Academy prospect Ronan Kratt scoring in the first minute. The Tridents equalized when Cape Verde-capped Gianni dos Santos was knocked down in the box on 42 minutes in one of his many forays. Diaz went coolly into the bottom left corner on the ensuing penalty.

Osaze De Rosario, son of Dwayne De Rosario, Canada’s second-highest career goalscorer with 81 caps, put York United back in the lead on 49 minutes as his proud father watched from the stands.

“Falling behind at the start of the game and then again in the second half is never easy. But we didn’t get lost or fall too low, we just kept going,” PFC head coach James Merriman said.

Diaz was back to level the game 2-2 at 63 minutes by completing a remarkable three-way game involving Sean Young and Amer Didic. The winner came out of Diaz’s boot at 70 minutes thanks to a nifty dos Santos dummy. Dos Santos, always on the lookout, dangerous all night, closed the scoring in the 87th minute.

The PFC have gone to 7-4-5 in the league. The first two league meetings between the Tridents and York United were scoreless draws. PFC and York United close their season accounts on September 3 at Starlight Stadium.

York United are coached by Victoria-raised Martin Nash, the former Whitecaps pro and CONCACAF Gold Cup champion, capped 38 times for Canada. Nash took York United to 2-8-5 in the league in his first spell as CPL head coach after a successful three-season stint as assistant coach and technical director with Cavalry FC.

The Tridents return to Starlight Stadium next Friday night to take on league leaders Cavalry FC in the annual Pride game.

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