A first half hat trick from Humber rookie Marcos Nunes’ led Humber to a 3-2 victory against the Fanshawe Falcons.
The Hawks have struggled to score goals this season, but the sudden emergence by Nunes could solve their problems upfront heading into the playoffs.
“I’m always happy to score goals as well as assist them, but what’s most important is that we keep winning,” says Nunes, 20, a first year recreation & leisure student.
“I think the team played well collectively and I’m happy we got the result, but now we must focus on the playoffs,” Nunes said.
Humber head coach Germain Sanchez hailed Nunes’ remarkable performance that saw him score three goals within fifteen minutes.
Sanchez’ decision to put Nunes as their lone striker paid off, as his speed and technical skill caused Fanshawe’s defenders problems throughout the match.
“We were waiting for Marcos to perform at this level because he has the potential to score goals,” Sanchez said. “We put him in a position that allowed him to use his speed and he played an excellent game for us.”
Overall the game wasn’t one to remember, but Sanchez’s tactical changes throughout the game helped Humber fend off a resilient Fanshawe side.
Despite losing two games this season, Sanchez believes this win can give the Hawks the confidence they need to win a third straight OCAA title.
“I’m very happy with the way we played, I think we finally showed what it takes to become a provincial champion,” Sanchez said. “Beating the top team in the division…has the team motivated and we’re ready to take on the world.”
Fanshawe head coach Paul D’Hollander believes the result was disappointing because it was a game of two halves.
“We were giving Humber too much respect and unfortunately we made some defensive miscues and gave up some easy goals,” D’Hollander said. “Humber are no better than we are and I thought they faded in the second half.”
D’Hollander added an extra man into the midfield at half time and that allowed Fanshawe to dictate the game in the second half.
With the win, the Hawks can finish no lower than second in the OCAA West division, and it guarantees them a bye in the first round of the playoffs.