The Humber Hawks men’s soccer team remained undefeated to claim the OCAA men’s soccer title last Saturday.
The Hawks’ 3-0 victory on home turf avenges its 2014 title loss against the Algonquin Thunder.
Humber never looked back after taking a 2-0 lead 20 minutes in.
Joshua Paredes-Procter scored in the first half and added a second from the penalty spot in the 69th minute to seal the player of the game award. Humber’s Jaineil Hoilett was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
This is the Hawks men’s soccer team’s fifth OCAA title in six years and its tenth OCAA gold medal in school history.
Hawks defender Kingsley Boasiako was vital in the victory. After opening the scoring for Humber, he also helped shut down Algonquin’s sputtering offense.
“He’s an excellent player,” said head coach Michael Aquino.
“He stopped almost everything they tried to throw at us. Defensively a very strong performance all over the park,” he said.
Boasiako left no doubt to why he was awarded the OCAA Central Division Defensive Player of the Year award, but it was a team defensive effort that made the difference.
“These guys are unbelievable, they make my life so easy,” said keeper Eugenio Garro. “My credit goes out to them, they’re amazing.”
Humber was feeling the pressure to win at home, but that agonizing loss to Algonquin last year was also weighing on them. This was the third straight year the Hawks and the Thunder have clashed in the OCAA championship final.
Aquino kept the team composed going into the second half and emphasized having a strong mental game.
“We had a good team. You just have to control the emotions and the mental part of the game,” he said. “You just have to stay composed and get the job done, and they did just that.”
Algonquin is trying to remain optimistic and not dwell on the loss against Humber.
“You want to go in and help the guys sometimes, but they deserve it. We got beat,” said Thunder assistant coach Loui Legakis.
“We just have to stay positive. We still have a shot at nationals,” Legakis said.
Both teams will be heading to Montreal in two weeks to play in the CCAA tournament, where Humber has won two of the last three national championships.