Humber Hawks men’s soccer team continued their perfect start to the season with a 4-0 win against Mohawk College on Sept 27.
Mohawk had yet to win a game this season, but head coach Michael Aquino warned against over-confidence.
“These are the teams you need to mentally prepare for,” he said to his team before the match.
Aquino wanted an early goal and he got it from one of his 16 rookies.
First-year defender Tremaine Nelson slotted his shot into the upper-half of the net just nine minutes into the game. The Hawks continued to control possession in the first half, looking very comfortable on the ball and limiting Mohawk’s attack.
The Hawks had a total of nine shots in the first half, compared to Mohawk’s one.
But at the half, the coaches had not been impressed with the Hawks’ relaxed style of play.
“We lacked intensity in the first half,” said assistant coach Ricardo Fonseca. “We can definitely do better.”
It didn’t take long for the message to sink in.
The second half started off at a quick pace for Humber, and at the 56th minute, rookie forward Jonathan Osorio put the ball past the goalkeeper to put the Hawks up 2-0.
Eight minutes later, midfielder Kasra Dehdezi, another rookie, made it 3-0 with a lob over the keeper.
In the 73th minute, midfielder Dino Gardner had open space and was able to sprint to the top of the box before striking the ball into the back of the net.
After the final whistle blew, assistant coach Alex Sabatini was pleased with the team’s performance in the second half and praised the substitutes’ contributions.
“We had a couple of guys that injected life and energy into the team, and created more going forward,” he said.
It was defender Dominic Roberts’ birthday. Roberts, a sport management student, now 23, said his birthday was going great.
“It’s going great,” he said, laughing. “We just got the win, so it’s off to a good start,” he said.
“The boys played well and as games go on we’ll get better and we’re excited to finish off the season well,” Roberts said.
The Hawks had a total of 14 shots, while Mohawk only managed three.
Humber now has four wins and two ties, sitting tied for second in the West division. Both Humber and St. Clair have 14 points, but are two points behind Sheridan College.
The Hawks are back in action tomorrow against Lambton College from Sarnia, and play their last game of the regular season Oct. 5 against St. Clair College from Windsor.