Pablo Balza, Sports Reporter
What a difference a week makes for the Hawks women’s soccer team.
The team battled to a scoreless draw in its final game Oct. 16 against Mohawk Mountaineers. That game followed the Hawks peppering the beleaguered University of Toronto Mississauga Eagles 7-0 on Oct. 9.
The team ends the regular season ranked fourth overall by the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association.
They now strive to fight for gold in the playoffs, set start Oct. 23. Humber has won silver in the past three seasons.
Humber had a good start against the Eagles as they scored early —and often — in the first half.
In the six-minute mark, midfielder Catarina Medeiros made a great pass by going through UTM’s defense and passing to fellow midfielder Krystina Carvalho, who finished the play by scoring her second goal of the regular season.
Later in the game, Medeiros sent a deep pass to Hawks forward Emma Stushnoff, who dribbled the ball through two Eagle defender as she moved towards the goal and scored at the eight-minute mark.
Before finishing the first half, Carvalho stole the ball from the Eagles and made a pass towards midfielder Breanna Senfner.
She had amazing ball control to get by the defender and took the shot to the top right corner.
Carvalho scored again in the 42-minute mark, making the score 5-0 at halftime. The Hawks first-half domination continued in the second half.
Not only was its offensive game on point, the defence was good as well. They didn’t allow the Eagles to pass the halfway line during most of the match.
Medeiros created another great play while standing outside the box and striking another goal to the back of the net.
Five minutes later, midfielder Claudia Piazza made a good pass to Senfner which got her the opportunity to cross it to the middle of the box and she hit to the post and it went in.
Head coach Mauro Ongaro couldn’t be happier.
“Great game to watch and ready for the next game,” Ongaro said.
The Hawks have scored a total of 22 goals over the past four games and seven players from the team have two or more goals this season.
The team’s record is now 6-1-2 as they finished second in the
Western Conference standings. As of this writing, provincials will start on Oct. 23 but playoff matchups haven’t been set.