With files from George Brown Sports Information
TORONTO, Ont. – Humber is headed to the 2018 OCAA Men's Soccer Championship gold medal game after defeating Fanshawe 2-1 on Friday afternoon.
It was a chippy match for the full 90 minutes, and after a scoreless opening 45, the Hawks wasted little time in the second half.
Jaineil Hoilett (Brampton, Ont.) took advantage of a Falcons turnover at midfield, flashing the Hawks quick-strike ability in transition. The fourth-year Humber striker received a pass, advanced past a couple of Falcons defenders and tucked a pretty finish just under the bar to give Humber the advantage.
Shortly thereafter the Hawks doubled up, as Nicholas Machado's (Brampton, Ont.) nice finish put them in complete control with just over five minutes remaining.
Fanshawe's Bradley Heath (Markham, Ont.) would get one back for the Falcons in extra time, but it was too little, too late. The Hawks booked their ticket for the title game, as emotions boiled over and words were exchanged after the final whistle.
Karman Singh earned his second win of the tournament.
Fanshawe's Malek Babouli and Humber's Marc Medeiros were named players of the game.
- Jaineil Hoilett leads the team with two tallies in two matches.
- Humber improves to 7-3 all-time against Fanshawe in the OCAA postseason.
- The Hawks will appear in their 19th championship match.
- With the win, Humber booked a spot at the 2018 CCAA Championship in Prince Edward Island. The Hawks have qualified for nationals in seven of the last nine seasons.
No. 5 Humber will face No. 10 Sheridan in the championship match Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. The Hawks finished 0-0-2 against the Bruins this season. Humber is 2-0 all-time against Sheridan in the championship final.