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No. 5 MEN'S SOCCER WILL HOST UTM IN 2018 HOME OPENER

Game Info Humber vs UTM
Date Wed. Sept. 12
Time 6 p.m.
Venue OSA
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Talent Matt Hammel
  Kyle Dalton
Series Record Humber leads, 6-0
Last Meeting W, 2-1 (9/20/17)
Streak W2

The Storyline
No. 5 Humber will host its 29th OCAA home opener Wednesday evening when the UTM Eagles visit the Ontario Soccer Centre. The game will be streamed live on the Hawks Sports Network at 6 p.m. with Matt Hammel and Kyle Dalton on the call.

Last Time Out
The Hawks (1-0, 2nd Central) opened the season with a 4-0 road victory over Cambrian (0-2, 6th Central) on Sept. 8.

Despite 18 first-half shots, Humber could not sneak a shot passed Cambrian keeper Dylan Roossien. It wasn't until the 65th minute when Luca Baldassarre recorded Humber's first goal of the season. Tomasz Balicki added two more goals in the dying minutes to seal the game for Humber.

Karman Singh made his first appearance in net for the Hawks since capturing the 2016 national title, turning away two shots to record the shutout.

Scouting UTM

  • The Eagles (0-0, 4th Central) are entering their fourth season in the OCAA and will be making their first appearance of the 2018 campaign.
  • Last season UTM finished 3-4-3 and was eliminated by the Niagara Knights in a crossover match.
  • The Eagles were the only team to score in both their meetings against Humber last season.
  • Chris Eveleigh will be making his OCAA coaching debut for UTM.

Previous Meeting
At Humber's 2017 home opener, the Hawks escaped the Eagles with a 2-1 victory, with goals coming from Luca Baldassarre and Jaineil Hoilett. Freshman Nick Frenati earned the win.

Rank and File
Humber opens the 2018 campaign with a national ranking of five, its lowest ranking since 2015.

Scoring Race
With a goal in Saturday's victory, Luca Baldassarre tied teammate Jaineil Hoilett for sixth all-time on Humber's career scoring list.

Streaking
The Hawks have not lost an OCAA regular season match since Sept. 14, 2013 – a 1-0 loss to the Niagara Knights. Since, Humber owns a 35-match unbeaten streak, with a record of 31-0-4 during that span.

Clean Sheets
Since 2009, Humber has recorded 72 regular season victories – 46 of which were shutouts (64.8 per cent).

What's Next?
No. 5 Humber will head on the road for a match with Conestoga (0-0-1, 4th Central) on Sept. 19. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.