Humber women’s indoor soccer got stung at the OCAA Regional Championships this weekend in Hamilton, failing to make it past the group stage and into the medal games.
The Hawks couldn’t face the challenges at provincials in part because key striker, Ashley Osorio, was still out with a broken hand.
“She was an asset especially in indoor and we missed her creating scoring opportunities,” said Stefany Santos, left fielder and third-year travel and leisure student.
The team started out strong, scoring two goals early in the first half of the tournament opener against Conestoga.
“Our energy and intensity was rewarded, but we got complacent so Conestoga was able to adjust and be more direct,” said Vince Pileggi, head coach of Humber women’s indoor soccer.
Conestoga scored two equalizing goals in the second half leading to a 2-2 tie.
Humber’s only loss in the group stages was delivered by Fanshawe, who became the 2015 OCAA Silver Medalists. St. Clair College won gold.
Fanshawe was the more confident team and defeated Humber 1-0 by preventing the Hawks from creating any opportunities to score.
“Humber have a very controlled and composed style whereas we’re fast and aggressive. We remained in control of possession which threw them off and then we won over,” said Katie Parker, captain of Fanshawe’s women’s indoor soccer team.
With a tie and a loss, Humber entered into a must-win situation in the final matchup against the 2014 Provincial Champions, Seneca.
Humber once again managed an early goal but the Sting changed the pace of the game once they scored an equalizing goal with 15 minutes left in the second half.
“Seneca is an experienced team and they were able to slow the game down when we really needed to score,” said Pileggi.
The Hawks were on the receiving end of some unfortunate penalties in the second half, in one instance creating a three-on-five situation which put Humber at a disadvantage in the key moments of the game.
The 1-1 tie prevented Humber from winning their fight to qualify for the next day’s round of competition.
The elimination hasn’t crushed the Hawks’ spirits about their season.
“From a competitive standpoint, we played very well, we were just unlucky and at a high level tournament like that you have to be on your best all the time,” said Pileggi.
“Our team gave it everything, we won three tournaments and came on top of our group in regionals, it’s just that provincials didn’t go our way. We’ll just have to keep working hard for next year,” said Santos.