OTTAWA – Humber College is the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association men’s soccer champions for the fourth straight season.
The Hawks spoiled Algonquin College’s bid to win a provincial title on home turf, edging the Thunder, 1-0, in the gold medal match. The winning goal was scored by Dino Gardner (Toronto) on a penalty kick in the late stages of regulation.
Humber’s defence was prevalent the entire championship, as it did not allow a goal in either of its matches. In its semi-final against division rival Sheridan College, the two teams were scoreless through regulation then overtime before penalty kicks decided the outcome. Humber edged the Bruins 4-3 in the shoot out. It was the fourth straight meeting between these teams at provincials, all won by Humber.
Sheridan felt a sense of déjà vu in the OCAA bronze medal match, once again battling another division rival through a scoreless regulation and overtime. This time, however, Sheridan was able to pull out a victory over Fanshawe College via penalty kicks to win its fourth consecutive OCAA medal.
Sheridan’s first-year forward Mathew Santos (Oakville) was named a championship all-star.
Algonquin defeated Fanshawe 2-0 in the semi-finals to earn a berth in the gold medal match. Despite losing to Humber, it was the Thunder’s best season since winning gold in 2009.
Humber moves on to represent the OCAA at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Soccer National Championship in Saint John, N.B. from Nov. 6-9. The Hawks are the defending national champions.