The Humber Hawks men’s indoor soccer team advanced to the OCAA championship after sweeping the regional championships at the Ontario Soccer Centre on Tuesday.
The Hawks opened up the day with a 9-0 thrashing of the Sault Ste Marie Cougars. The next match saw Humber setting the record for most goals scored in a regional championship in an 11-1 win over St. Lawrence Cornwall.
In their last game, Humber found themselves a worthy opponent with the Durham Lords, who had also won their two prior matches. The Lords were the first opponents to challenge the Hawks’ high-powered offence, but still lost 4-0.
“It always feels good to score goals, but as long as our team is successful, it doesn’t matter to me who puts the ball in the net,” says Hawks’ midfielder Gerardo Magno, a message that was echoed throughout the team. “We are a group that has been together for a while now, so we are just trying to gel into this indoor game.”
All but four players from Humber’s 16-man roster were able to get on the score sheet.
Teammate Joe Tituana shared the same sentiment about adjusting from outdoor soccer to indoor, describing the indoor game to be of “quicker pace.” Tituana was happy to participate in this year indoor soccer regionals since an injury kept him away from the turf last year.
“We don’t go in thinking we are going to win every game. We prepare ourselves and take it game by game,” said Tituana, speaking to a Hawks theme in the team’s humble approach to opponents and possibly a secret to their success.
Similarly, assistant coach Jason Mesa praised the individual talent on the team but emphasized the importance of teamwork. He recognized that Durham would be one of the tougher opponents, but knew Hawks had the talent to win.
“Now I want these guys to get some rest and recover. We have a couple training sessions leading up to the (provincial championship round) and we will continue to do what we do,” says Mesa.
Humber will start the OCAA title defence on March 23 in Ancaster at Redeemer College, where they will play the other top regional teams over the course of three days.