The Humber Hawks men’s soccer team comfortably defeated the Fleming Knights 4-0 Sunday afternoon at the Ontario Soccer Centre.
Two goals from Marcos Nunes, and one each from Nick Cisterino and Aleks Janjic helped secure the Hawks a spot in the OCAA semi-finals.
“A win in this fashion is good for the team’s confidence because we are going into a semi-final game with high stakes on the line,” said Eugenio Garro, 19, a first-year HVAC student.
Humber’s defence has been strong this season, conceding only four goals and recording six clean sheets in nine games.
Garro believes the key to their strength in the back line is based on trust in each other but more importantly their communication.
“Each defender we have on our team is solid and it’s definitely the strongest backline I’ve ever had in terms of quality and depth,” Garro said.
Hawks assistant coach Mike Aquino believes the score line reflected the Hawks performance in what he felt was a scrappy game against Fleming.
“We did well in terms of keeping possession, changing our points of attack and developing chances in the final third,” Aquino said.
Humber dominated Fleming in every aspect of the game and despite the Knights constantly changing their formation, they were outclassed by a superior Hawks side.
“I think we’re peaking and the team is coming together at the right time, hopefully we can carry this performance to the semi-finals,” he said.
Humber displayed fluidity in their passing, something they’ve lacked throughout the season, and they took advantage of the large amount of space that was conceded by the Fleming midfield.
“I think if we can produce performances like this going forward then we should be okay,” Aquino said.
Fleming apprentice coach Tierney King feels the Knights weren’t mentally prepared for the match.
“We didn’t have our heads in the game and we were unable to get balls to our strikers’ feet,” said King. “Humber were clearly the better side, they attacked better than we did and unfortunately they exposed our flaws.”
Humber will travel to the OCAA championships in Ancaster on where they will take on their rivals Sheridan in the semi-finals.
A win will see Humber qualify for the CCAA national championships as the OCAA was awarded a wildcard spot.