The Humber Hawks men’s soccer team split their weekend games, storming past the Lambton Lions 4-0 on Saturday afternoon and losing 1-0 to St. Clair College on Sunday.
Humber outplayed Lambton and had scoring from four different players, including Roberto Galle, Nick Cisternino, Shezan Singh and Matthew Rios.
Hawks assistant coach Jason Mesa believes the match was a good opportunity to assess the first year players.
“We felt today we had a good opponent and were able to have a look at some of the first year players to see what they’re capable of doing,” Mesa said.
The Hawks started the game slow but grew into the match once they took the lead from a superb Roberto Galle free kick.
“The first half was a little sloppy, but the boys collected themselves and kept the ball on the ground, doing a better job possessing it. We started to create more opportunities,” Mesa said.
“Humber is a very talented team to play against and obviously we’d like a better result but that’s the outcome,” said Lambton head coach Shane Bettridge.
Lambton was content to sit deep, staying tight and attacking when the chances were presented. But as the game progressed, Lambton’s players tired and Humber was allowed more space and the Hawks began to dictate the game.
“We were a little short-staffed on the bench and we did what we could, but were unfortunate in the end,” Bettridge said.
“We want to win OCAA’s for the third straight year but most importantly we don’t want to concede any goals,” said Hawks midfielder Roberto Galle, a second-year Recreation & Leisure student.
Humber was playing too direct and gave up some easy possessions prior to Galle’s free kick marker.
“I was going to cross initially, but I noticed the goalie move too far over so I aimed for goal,” Galle said.
“It took time to adjust to Lambton’s style and the pitch, but I think we picked up the tempo and the goals came shortly after,” he said.
The following day Humber hosted the St. Clair Saints at Valley Field. The Hawks unbeaten streak came to an end as they lost 1-0 courtesy of an early goal from Saints striker Jordan Lidia.
Hawks head coach Germain Sanchez praised the Saints on their resilient performance.
“Their outstanding defense and strong performance by the goalie was enough to frustrate us on several occasions,” said Sanchez.
The loss sees Humber sit third in the OCAA west division with four games left to play in the regular season.
“It’s good that we lost a game early in the season. This way we can correct mistakes and change our attitude, if we want to retain the provincial championship,” he said.
Humber will close out its regular season with a trip to Redeemer, followed by home games versus Niagara and Sheridan.