PREVIEW: No. 1 HAWKS FACE TOUGH ROAD TEST WEDNESDAY

PREVIEW: No. 1 HAWKS FACE TOUGH ROAD TEST WEDNESDAY
Matchup (1) Humber at (9) George Brown
Date Wednesday, September 27
Time 9 p.m.
Venue Birchmount Stadium
Last Meeting W, 4-0 (10/28/16)
Streak Won 21

 

SCARBOROUGH, Ont – The No. 1 Humber Hawks men's soccer team (4-0, 1st Central) will be tested this Wednesday when they head on the road for their first meeting of the season with the No. 9 George Brown Huskies (3-0-1, 2nd Central).

The Opening Kickoff

  • The Hawks continue to boast one of the top backfields in the province, led by three-time OCAA Defensive Player of the Year Kingsley Boasiako.  Humber's defence has allowed 12 shots on goal in four matches thus far.
  • All-Canadian Jaineil Hoilett leads Humber with six goals this season.  Teammate Luca Baldassarre trails by one, with five tallies in 2017.

Last Time Out

Two first-half goals from Hoilett and Baldassarre allowed Humber to hold on and win its 2017 home opener 2-1 over UTM (0-2-2, 5th Central).

Hoilett put the Hawks on the board in the 19th minute before Sanjar Kairosh scored the equaliser minutes later after a defensive miscue by Humber. 

Baldassarre recorded his second game-winner of the season in the 30th minute to put Humber ahead for good.

Scouting Humber

  • Seven Hawks have found the back of the net so far this season.
  • Humber currently averages 4.25 goals-per-game, tops in the OCAA.
  • Humber's two clean sheets trail only Durham for the most in the province.

Scouting George Brown

The Huskies own a 3-0-1 record this season, including a 1-0-1 record at home.  Filipe Vilela leads the team with four goals, while six other players have also found the back of the net.

In three starts this season, keeper Paraskevas (Aris) Efstathiadis has three wins, including two shutouts.

George Brown's 0.50 goals-against-average is tops in the league, tied only with Humber.

Since the realignment of the divisions in 2015, the Hawks are 3-0-1 against the Huskies in regular season play.

Last Meeting

These two programs met last Fall in the 2016 OCAA semifinal game, with Humber coming away with the 4-0 shutout.  CCAA Player of the Year Marcos Nunes opened the scoring in the 10th minute, and all-star Karman Singh recorded the clean sheet.

1,069 Days

It has been 1,069 days since the Hawks last lost an OCAA match, with their win last week extending their unbeaten streak to 36 straight. 

With a record of 35-0-1 against CCAA and OCAA competition, the Hawks own a plus-122 goal differential with 23 clean sheets during the streak.

Climbing the Ladder

Fifth-year forward Michael Aigbokie currently sits in a tie for second all-time on Humber's career scoring list with 29. 

Hoilett's goal on Wednesday was the 19th of his career, tying Hall of Famer Andrew DaSilva for sixth all-time; while Baldassarre sits eighth with 16 career tallies.

Rnk Player Goals
1 Jesse Calabro 35
2 Aleks Janjic 29
  Michael Aigbokie 29
4 Kwame Osei 26
5 Vito Del Duca 23
6 Andrew DaSilva 19
  Jaineil Hoilett 19
8 Luca Baldassarre 16

 

In the Nation

Humber has been the top-ranked program in the country since the beginning of the 2016 season.

At the Helm

Michael Aquino returns for his fourth season as the head coach of the Humber men's soccer program.  The 2017 CCAA Coaching Excellence Award recipient has led the Hawks to three national championships, three provincial championships, and an overall record of 55-2-4.

What's Next?

Humber continues OCAA play on the road against their division rivals, the Sheridan Bruins (3-1, 3rd Central), on Sept. 30 at 3:30 p.m.

 

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