PETERBOROUGH, Ont. - The Humber Hawks won gold for the second year in a row at the OCAA Men's Soccer Championship.
The Hawks defeated the Fanshawe Falcons in the final match of the OCAA provincial championship at Fleming College in Peterborough, Ont.
The Falcons and the Hawks began their match in a fierce battle as two of the top teams in the championship should. Both teams appeared evenly matched as each team fought diligently to gain possession of the ball and to retain possession. The first half of the match was a heavily back and forth game with each team having few scoring attempts.
Within minutes of the second half, Leaford Allen of the Hawks scored the first goal of the match allowing Humber to establish a lead. The Hawks played a strong and more aggressive second half taking more shots on Fanshawe net than in the prior half. In the final 10 minutes of play the Hawks accelerated their lead after Max Ferreri and Alex Baez scored on the Falcons net.
This was the finishing blow to the Falcons as the Hawks were able to hold onto their 3-0 lead winning the match and the championship. Goalkeeper Nick Frenati of the Hawks was named Player of the Game along with Bradley Heath, defender for the Falcons.
Being named Championship MVP was Nicolas Machado of Humber. Championship All-Stars from the Hawks were Frenati and Cody Green. Championship All-Stars from the Falcons were Tomas Alvarez and Bradley Heath.
The Seneca Sting earned the OCAA bronze medal after defeating Sheridan Bruins 5-1 after falling to the Humber Hawks in the semifinals.
The Sting had a strong game over the Bruins in a fight for bronze at the OCAA men's soccer provincial championship. Ariel Muhaza-Kabongo and Marcus McGlynn both scored two goals for the Sting. The Bruins, although a formidable opponent, did not appear as strong as they were in the semifinals.
With Daniel Pereira scoring off a penalty kick, the Bruins showed that they were still in the match until the end. Despite scoring this goal, the Bruins fell to the Sting, but not before Isaiah Greaves would score another goal for the Sting, ending the match 5-1.
Player of the game was McGlynn of the Sting and Anthony Wright of the Bruins. Anthony Gurrieri of Seneca and Spencer Barber of Sheridan were named Championship All-Stars.
Source: Fleming Knights
Championship Website: www.ocaa.com/msoc
Live Webcast: www.ocaa.com/ocaalive
Wednesday, October 23
Game #1: Humber def. Algonquin 1-0
Game #2: Seneca def. UTM 6-2
Game #3: Sheridan def. Durham 2-0
Game #4: Fanshawe def. Fleming 3-0
Friday, October 25
Game #5: Humber def. Seneca 2-1
Game #6: Fanshawe def. Sheridan 2-0
Saturday, October 26
Bronze Medal Match
Game #7: Seneca def. Sheridan 5-1
Gold Medal Match
Game #8: Humber def. Fanshawe 3-0
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