Corey Clayton-Lobo
Sports Reporter

Humber’s men soccer team kicked off its 2017 home schedule by dominating the University Toronto-Mississauga on Sept. 20.

And they followed that with a 3-nil away win over the George Brown Huskies on Sept. 27, securing the Hawks’ first place posting in the OCAA Central Division.

The Hawks are 5 wins, no losses so far this season, resting comfortably in first place.

Despite a streak heading towards 40 games, Hawks’ head coach Michael Aquino was absolutely clear his squad can’t rest on its laurels.

“There is no substitute for effort and hard work,” Aquino said. “Be your best and leave the game with no regrets.”

The Hawks’ Tomasz Balicki scored his second of the season agains the Huskies at Birchmount Field in Scarborough. Luca Baldassarre scored twice in the game, putting him in second spot in league scoring with seven. He’s also scored a goal in every game played so far this season.

Aquino was impressed with the way Baldassarre made the most of his chances.

“He is growing in confidence and performance with each game,” he said. “As his partnerships and relationships on field with teammates improve so will his performance and goal scoring.”

Freshman keeper Nick Frenati, who got the shutout, has only allowed one goal in more than 300 minutes of playing time this season.

Striker Jaineil Hoilett scored his 19th career goal to give Humber the lead in the 19th minute in the match against the UTM Eagles. It ties Humber Hall of Famer Andrew DaSilva for sixth on the career list.

The Eagles’ Sanjar Kairosh tied the match with an unassisted goal in the 23rd minute, beating goalie Eugenio Garro.

But the tide changed when forward Luca Baldassarre netted his fifth goal — and the game winner — in the 30th minute.

Aquino said there are numerous ingredients to ensure the streak continues.

“I would mix dedication, passion effort and coach-ability. When you have these types of players you’re bound to find success,” Aquino said.

The team’s next game is against the Sheridan Bruins in Oakville on Sept. 30.