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Season Preview: 2019 Humber Men’s Soccer

Season Preview: 2019 Humber Men’s Soccer

The Humber Hawks captured the 2018 CCAA national championship, finishing the season with a 13-1-2 record.


ETOBICOKE – The top soccer program in the country will begin its title defence on September 6, opening the 2019 campaign at Niagara.

2018 Highlights

  • The Hawks captured the national championship in Prince Edward Island, defeating Ahuntsic 1-0 in the CCAA title match. Humber became the most decorated program in the country, becoming the first team to win seven CCAA titles.
  • Humber soccer extended its CCAA tournament win streak to an unprecedented 16 consecutive matches.
  • At provincials, Humber beat Sheridan, 2-1, to win the program's 12th OCAA title - the most in the province.

At the Helm
Head coach Michael Aquino returns for his seventh season, leading the Hawks to four national titles since 2013. Coach Aquino will begin the '19 campaign with a record of 76-4-6 (.919). Ricardo Fonseca, Jason Mesa, and Alessandro Sabatini will return for another season on Humber's coaching staff.

Pushing Forward
Humber soccer will look to the leadership of Cody Green, Federico Leal, Alex Baez, and Michael Fayehun to help with the turnover from the 2018 season. The Hawks will be without four of their top-five goal scorer's this season and Leal will look to record double-digit tallies for the first time in his OCAA career.

Keeper Nick Frenati returns for his third season with a career record of 8-1-2. He's recorded four clean sheets in 12 career games.

Fresh Faces
Coach Aquino shocked the CCAA circuit, announcing a stacked 2019 recruiting class. 11 new recruits will represent the Hawks this season, with ten of those recruits coming from League1 Ontario.

Recruit Hometown Club Team
Damion Kaye Mississauga EMSC
Dario Granic Oakville Sigma FC
Elijah Larin Brampton Sigma FC
Julian DeSousa Toronto Vaughan
Leaford Allen Brampton Sigma FC
Lorenzo Mayer Toronto Sigma FC
Max Ferrari Newmarket Aurora FC
Parmpreet Johal Brampton Aurora FC
Sean Merrick Mississauga Sigma FC
Tristan Gayle Brampton Vaughan
Uday Arora Mississauga Pro Stars


Schedule

  • With the addition of Sault College to soccer, the OCAA realigned divisions, moving the Hawks to the West Division.
  • Humber will play nine games this season, including four home games. The Hawks will face four teams that made an appearance at the 2018 OCAA Championship, including three nationally-ranked teams in 2018 - Fanshawe (No. 6), Sheridan (No. 10), and Niagara (No. 13).
  • Seniors Night will be October 9 against UTM.
  • Humber's exhibition schedule:
    • August 21 at Seneca | Seneca College  
    • August 23 vs. McMaster | Ontario Soccer Centre
    • August 27 vs UTM | Nottawasaga
    • August 29 vs. George Brown | Nottawasaga

All Humber home games will be streamed live on the Hawks Sports Network. Follow @HumberHawks on social media to stay up-to-date on Humber soccer.