M. Umair Farooq Khan
Humber is number one at being number one.
With the men’s soccer team winning the gold over Ahuntsic College at the Nationals on Saturday, Nov. 14, Humber College now has a staggering total of 50 national titles.
The newest addition to the trophy case means that Humber has won the most CCAA championships of any school across the country, setting a new bar for excellence.
Hawks defender Riley Ferrazzo scored in the 27th minute and that was all that was needed to secure a 1-0 victory over Ahuntsic. The title is the fifth in men’s soccer in seven years.
Ray Chateau, the director of athletics at Humber College, said the players showed tremendous resilience both on and off the field — and that they weren’t the only ones.
“I want to acknowledge Mike Aquino, the head coach who won his fifth national championship in five attempts, that’s five national championships in seven years which is an incredible accomplishment,” said Ray Chateau, the director of athletics at Humber.
Both teams battled for the gold in poor weather conditions at the Terry Fox Sports Complex in Cornwall, P.E.I.
Michael Aquino, the coach of the team, said the win is a testament to the hard work the players have put in.
“I’m really proud of the boys and the way they played. It was a tough game but they came out on top,” said. “It really shows their dedication and the amount of work they’ve put in.”
That work seems to have paid off. Midfielder and defender Stavros Badunas was named the player of the match.
“Probably the best part is [that]there was this tremendous team win given there was significant adversary the entire season in terms of health and some tough calls,” Aquino said.
Aquino also said that while the team is celebrating, they now have to focus on the next season.
“We hope to win the Nationals again next year and if the boys keep working hard like this, then I’m confident we’ll bring it home again next year too,” he said.