Pacific FC goalkeeper Nolan Wirth is in town this weekend for the Comox Valley United Soccer Club fall house windup. Photo courtesy Pacific FC

Pacific FC goalkeeper Nolan Wirth is in town this weekend for the Comox Valley United Soccer Club fall house windup. Photo courtesy Pacific FC

Professional goalie in town for soccer windup

The Comox Valley United Soccer Club is thrilled to have its very own Nolan Wirth, goalkeeper for Pacific FC, visit this weekend for the fall house windup.

Wirth started his soccer career in the Comox Valley, where he played exclusively until age 14. At this juncture, he was identified by the Vancouver Whitecaps football club and joined their residency program. He carried on with the Whitecaps until age 18 when he graduated high school and earned a scholarship to Oregon State University. In the midst of his time there, he was selected to play on the U20 Canadian men’s national team.

Upon completion of his youth and university career, he signed his first pro contract with Phoenix Rising FC of the USL. One of his teammates was the one and only Didier Drogba. After completing his contract, Wirth returned to Canada and signed onto the inaugural roster of Pacific FC based in Victoria. He had a successful debut season with the club, starting many games and being among the league leaders in saves this year with 59.

Wirth is one of the few Island-born players plying their trade professionally, and is the only one signed with Pacific FC.

Comox Valley United is immensely proud of him, and grateful that he can take part in this weekend’s event.