Humber soccer teams both win OCAA gold
By Keaton Robbins
The Humber men’s and women’s soccer teams have both captured their third straight OCAA championship over the weekend.
The men defeated the Seneca Sting by a score of two to nothing at Redeemer University in Ancaster.
Humber’s women Hawks traveled to Algonquin College in Ottawa and squeaked out a one-nil victory over division rival Fanshawe Falcons.
Women’s head coach Vincent Pileggi told Humber News the amount of veteran leadership on his team helped them to another provincial championship.
“We have a lot of fourth and fifth year players on our team, who really knew what to expect with the provincial championships,” Pillegi said. “The difference this year was our experience. We went in and just played, and weren’t distracted by the conditions.”
Pileggi said the weather was ideal on Friday for the semi finals against Centennial, but Saturday’s final was a different story.
“The field conditions were very slippery, and things were quite sloppy,” Pileggi said. “That made it a little difficult to play our possession game, but we still played extremely well despite the weather.”
The men also had to endure heavy rain and wind, and broke through a difficult Sting defense in the 59th minute thanks to a Matthew Rios goal.
The men’s team sealed the game in the final 10 minutes with a goal from Aleks Janjic.
The women’s game was also scoreless in the first half, but Humber fifth year veteran striker, Keyla Moreno scored a rocket from 25 yards out.
Pileggi said it will be Moreno’s final year with the Hawks, and he will find it tough trying to replace her.
“The thing with Keyla is, the bigger the game, the better she plays. We’ve been so fortunate to have her on our team,” he said.
Fanshawe Falcons women’s head coach, James Welsh said Moreno’s goal took his team by surprise.
“She hit it pretty far out, and it was a curling shot. I think our goalie just misjudged it and thought it was going wide,” Welsh said. “The goal was really out of the blue, it kind of sunk us a bit and we weren’t really able to recover.”