Charles Barry and
Women’s indoor soccer coach Vince Pileggi has high hopes for the women’s varsity team this year.
After all, the women’s team took home a silver medal in the OCAA championships for the second consecutive year last season.
The team is led by goalkeeper Vanessa Fiore and the play of defender Rachel Spratt, who both return to the team this year.
“We expect a great season from the team this year,” Pileggi said.
The Humber women’s indoor varsity soccer team is kicking off its first practices ahead of its first big game on Jan. 27 against Redeemer University College Royals.
After completing tryouts last week with 17 rookies selected for this season, the team’s morale appeared high in anticipation of their first game in Hamilton as they prepared for practice earlier this week.
“We’re preparing our agility, quickness, and good passing communication; just teamwork overall,” said Fiore, the team’s goalkeeper and last season’s MVP.
Pileggi says many players are returning from last year’s team.
“We do bring back a lot of the players,” he said. “A lot of the girls like playing for Humber. They are treated very well and work extremely hard.”
However, according to Pileggi, since the college strike, the team has seen a drop in the number of players that returned when classes resumed.
The Ontario college strike, which lasted five weeks, saw the number of players drop to 17 from the initial 22 over time.
In spite of fewer team members, the women’s team has proven itself in past tournaments. They remain optimistic about their current season.
Last year, the Humber Hawks took home silver after making it to straight through to the OCAA finals where they competed against Algonquin College.
Defence, passing, and last minute decision making were key to their strategy last year. They are working on further developing these skills for the current year, and play well together.
“We’re more of a family than a team. That’s how we are successful,” Fiore said.
With the opening game just around the corner, the team is hopeful that they can secure another big win for Humber this season, she said.
“We’re hoping to go for gold this year, ” Fiore said.