FANSHAWE WINS FIRST-EVER OCAA MEN’S INDOOR SOCCER TITLE
The following story is courtesy of the OCAA https://www.ocaa.com/sports/indoor/2021-22/releases/03312022ocaamrecap
VAUGHAN, Ont. – The Fanshawe Falcons men’s indoor soccer team won the program’s first OCAA provincial championship gold medal in Vaughan, Ont., on Thursday afternoon.
The Falcons finished second place in their pool after round robin competition with a record of 2-1-0. They had a rough start, losing to Humber 5-0, but then regrouped to defeat St. Clair 1-0. Fanshawe finished the day with a commanding 6-1 win over St. Lawrence to secure their spot in the semi-final match.
In the semi-final game versus host George Brown, Fanshawe went down 2-0 in the second half. The Birds did not let up and came back to make the score 2-1. They followed that with a nice cross from Anas Ayada (London, Ont.) to Jalen Loague (London, Ont.), who tied the game 2-2. In extra time, the Falcons played excellent defence, as they were down a man due to a penalty for the final two minutes of play. Neither team was able to capitalize in overtime so the match was decided by penalty kicks. Four Fanshawe players scored their penalty kicks, with Ryan Baker (Strathroy, Ont.), Justin Wood (London, Ont.), Mike Sneddon (Mount Brydges, Ont.) and Loague all finding the back of the net. Goalkeeper Luis Medici (Brazil) came up big for the Falcons, stopping George Brown’s first and fourth shots to secure the win for Fanshawe.
The Falcons were in tough, facing the undefeated Humber Hawks in the provincial championship game. Fanshawe struck first, with a rocket from Sneddon giving the Falcons a 1-0 lead in the first half. The Birds then made it 2-0 on a beautiful top-corner strike from Wood. The Hawks cut the lead to 2-1 but Fanshawe goalkeeper Daniel Gonzalez (London, Ont.) had some key stops to keep the Falcons ahead. Fanshawe would hold on and win its first-ever OCAA men’s indoor soccer championship 2-1 over Humber. Baker was named the Championship MVP for his stellar play throughout the tournament, and Wood and Loague were named Championship All-Stars.
Source: Fanshawe Falcons and OCAA
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