By Alexandra Martino
The Humber women’s indoor soccer team stamped its ticket to the provincials Monday, finishing first in its tournament pool at the OCAA regional finals.
The day had its share of peaks and valleys for the team, according to forward Stefany Santos, a third-year Travel and Leisure student.
“We started slow but were able to pick it up despite the fact we’re missing a few players because of injuries,” Santos said.
The slow start did not stop Humber from winning its first game of the day easily over St. Lawrence College-Cornwall.
In their second game of the day the Hawks dominated possession and outshot Fleming but suffered from inaccuracies and rushed play at the net.
“We kept attacking and tried getting a goal but couldn’t,” said Santos.
Humber was down 1-0 after the first half against Fleming.
“It was an unlucky shot that went in but we just had to take our time and stay positive,” said Mauro Ongaro, assistant coach of women’s indoor soccer.
The second half saw the Hawks playing catch up and rushing the ball to Fleming’s net but their attack was matched by strong defense.
“Their goalkeeper played a very good game and the defense was strong but I think we were able to pull through,” said Vince Pileggi, Humber’s head coach.
Humber finally equalized in the last five minutes of the second half making it past Fleming with a 1-1 tie and staying in contention for provincials.
Humber returned to form in the final game against Centennial College.
“We’ve played them before so we knew what to expect, they’re a tough physical team and we had to match that and keep the energy up,” said Santos.
The raucous Centennial sideline was quickly silenced after Humber capitalized on a corner kick to open up the scoring.
Humber would stand their ground offensively and secure their spot atop their regional pool with a relatively easy 4-0 victory.
The women’s indoor soccer team now has the provincial championships in sight and knows what needs to be done before they take the trip to Ancaster.
“The goal is always to win at provincials, but we’re going to spend the next couple weeks preparing and getting our girls healthy so we’ll be ready,” said Pileggi.