Forge FC bounced back from a weekend loss with a 1-0 win over Atlético Ottawa on Wednesday night in the nation’s capital.

The reigning Canadian Premier League (CPL) champions served Ottawa’s first home loss in 2021 with Woobens Pacius’ goal in the 65th minute.

It is the third scorer of the season for Pacius, who crashed a long ball by Elimane Oumar Cissé from the center of the field that slipped between two Atletico defenders.

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The goal came just over eight minutes after Ottawa nearly took the lead on a set piece. However, midfielder Rafael Núñez’s shot hit the crossbar.

The victory is Forge’s ninth of the season and puts the club within three points of second-placed Cavalry FC.

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Ottawa has only three wins in 2021 and is last in the CPL.

Forge will face York United in a derby on Saturday at 4pm at Tim Horton’s Field.

Atlético is home to Halifax on Saturday.

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