CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI – Humber men's soccer maintained its championship aspirations by beating Langara on penalty kicks (4-3) after a 1-1 draw in the CCAA quarter-final Wednesday afternoon.
Humber began the first-half, dominating possession on a windy day at the Terry Fox Sports Complex. In the 25th minute, the Hawks were awarded a penalty kick after the Langara keeper Kevin Monk was whistled for a foul. With Jaineil Hoilett at the spot, Monk redeemed himself, making a sprawling save to keep the match scoreless.
Minutes later, Federico Leal lined up for a free kick outside the 18-yard box. Playing the wind, Leal curled a ball that struck the crossbar.
In the 44th minute, Langara scored the game's first goal, when Merlin Fisk drove a free kick through the wall and off the hands of a diving Karman Singh. At the break, the Hawks trailed, 1-0.
Humber opened the second half pressing for the equalizer but missed on numerous scoring chances in the opening minutes. Finally, in the 65th minute, Jaineil Hoilett was taken down in the box, setting up a penalty kick for Leal, who converted to tie the match at one.
Keeper Karman Singh was named the player of the game for Humber, after keeping the Hawks alive in penalty kicks, only allowing three goals in eight rounds of penalty kicks.
- Humber improves to 11-1 all-time in the CCAA opening round.
- The Hawks extend their CCAA win streak to 14 consecutive matches.
- Humber improves to 3-3 all-time in penalty kicks at the national tournament.
Humber will face NAIT (9-0-1, 1st ACAC North) in the semifinals Nov. 8. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. ET.
- In the final rankings of the season, the Ooks were ranked No. 4 in the CCAA.
- Matthew Zima led the ACAC in scoring, finishing with 14 tallies in ten matches.
- Humber is 1-2 all-time against NAIT at the national tournament. In their last meeting, the Hawks won in the semifinal match in 2013, 4-1.