DURHAM HOSTS 2022 OCAA WOMEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP
The following post is courtesy of the OCAA website on October 26, 2022 https://www.ocaa.com/sports/wsoc/2022-23/releases/10262022ocaapreview.
OSHAWA, Ont. – Durham College plays host to the 2022 Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) Women’s Soccer Championship beginning Thursday at Vaso’s Field in Oshawa, Ont.
The host Lords haven’t won a provincial championship since 2007 as they look to break through against some worthy competition. Three undefeated clubs will make the trek to Oshawa including the Seneca Sting who have won 11 straight OCAA regular and post-season matches. Neither the Humber Hawks nor the Mohawk Mountaineers have lost a game as well.
Four OCAA quarter-final matches take place on Thursday, leading to Saturday’s semi-finals. The semi-final winners advance to Sunday’s gold medal match, while the losing teams play for bronze. Friday will be a rest day for the semi-finalists, with the championship banquet taking place.
The other four teams advancing to provincials include the Algonquin Wolves, Cambrian Golden Shield, Centennial Colts and Niagara Knights.
The OCAA champion and runner-up advance to the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Soccer National Championship in Saint- Lambert, Que., from Nov. 9-12.
|Thu. 27||Algonquin *||Niagara||10:00 AM|
|Cambrian *||Humber||12:30 PM|
|Mohawk *||Durham||3:00 PM|
|Centennial *||Seneca||5:30 PM|
|Sun. 30||TBD ^||VIU||4:00 PM|
Niagara (6-3-1, 3rd West) vs. Algonquin (7-2-1, 2nd East)
Thursday, Oct. 27 – 10 a.m.
The Algonquin Wolves and Niagara Knights get the honour of kicking off the competition, and will feature two of the top scorers in the OCAA.
First-year striker Jordan Blades-McHenry (Ottawa) has been a force to be reckoned with offensively for the Wolves, leading all OCAA players with 14 goals during the regular season.
Fifth-year midfielder Sydney Sica (Niagara Falls), the 2021 OCAA Player of the Year and All-Canadian, led all West Division players with a dozen regular season goals.
Algonquin is well-decorated in OCAA women’s soccer with 18 medals historically, including seven championships. By comparison, Niagara’s next OCAA medal will be its first.
Cambrian (6-2-2, 4th East) vs. Humber (7-0-3, 1st West)
Thursday, Oct. 27 – 12:30 p.m.
West Division champion and two-time reigning bronze medalist Humber suffered no losses during the regular season, allowing just four goals against in 10 matches.
Second-year forward Kaitlynn Russell (Mississauga) led the Hawks in scoring during the regular season with nine goals.
Cambrian rallied with two late goals against Redeemer last Saturday for a 3-2 victory in the qualifying round to earn its quarter-final berth.
The Golden Shield were led offensively by first-year striker Grace Cranston (Sudbury) who scored a dozen regular season goals.
Durham (7-2-1, 3rd East) vs. Mohawk (5-0-5, 2nd West)
Thursday, Oct. 27 – 3 p.m.
Mohawk is the second of three teams that made it through the end of the regular season without a defeat, then added a 2-1 qualifying victory over St. Lawrence last Saturday.
First-year striker Alyssa Glasbergen (Burlington) led the Mountaineers with five goals during the regular season.
Durham was undefeated at home this season with a 4-0-1 record, and hope to keep that streak going for three more matches.
First-year players Sage Thomas-Roberts (Toronto), Jaime Pye (Oshawa) and Erika Bjorgum (Kingman, Alta.) combined for 27 goals for the Lords during the regular season.
Centennial (5-3-2, 5th East) vs. Seneca (10-0, 1st East)
Thursday, Oct. 27 – 5:30 p.m.
The Seneca Sting have won every OCAA game they competed in this season.
Seneca has allowed just one goal against all year, which happened in its season opener. The Sting have shut out their opponents for 10 straight contests, including a 6-0 win over Conestoga on Saturday in the qualifying round.
Third-year forward Shanice Alfred (Airdrie, Alta.), a 2021 All-Canadian, led the Sting with a dozen regular season goals.
Centennial defeated Sheridan 3-1 last Saturday and was the only road team to win in the qualifying round.
First-year forward Mylie Decoff (Burlington) led all Colts players with six regular season goals.
This will be the third meeting between Seneca and Centennial this season, with the Sting winning the first two matches 3-0.
Championship Website: www.ocaa.com/wsoc
Live Webcast: www.ocaa.com/ocaalive
Thursday, October 27
Game #1: Niagara vs. Algonquin – 10 a.m.
Game #2: Cambrian vs. Humber – 12:30 p.m.
Game #3: Durham vs. Mohawk – 3 p.m.
Game #4: Centennial vs. Seneca – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 29
Game #5: Winner Game #1 vs. Winner Game #2 – 12 p.m.
Game #6: Winner Game #3 vs. Winner Game #4 – 3 p.m.
Sunday, October 30
Bronze Medal Match
Game #7: Loser Game #5 vs. Loser Game #6 – 12 p.m.
Winning team presented OCAA Bronze Medal at conclusion of match
Gold Medal Match
Game #8: Winner Game #5 vs. Winner Game #6 – 3 p.m.
OCAA Gold and Silver Medals presented at conclusion of match