SportsVarsityRookie phenom on verge of breaking goal-scoring record

ETC StaffOctober 1, 20197 min

John Grant, Sports Reporter

Records are meant to be broken, and Hawks rookie forward Leaford Allen is on course to break its team goal-scoring record and cement himself into Humber folklore.

“I just came in to work hard, play hard, and give everything I got,” Allen said.

The striker started off the season with a five-goal performance leading the team to a win 6-0 against the Niagara Knights. His goal-scoring prowess let the Hawks know — and the Ontario College Athletic Association — that they are in good hands in a rebuild after losing 11 graduating players.

Leaford Allen scores a goal against the Fanshawe Falcons. (Su Kuštrić)

It’s almost unheard of for any player in any level of soccer to score five goals in their debut.

Allen, of Brampton, is beaming with confidence, because he has the Midas touch, but instead of everything turning to gold, they are turning into goals. It’s understandable as he has a strong soccer resume including, the University of Windsor, Mississauga Sigma FC and Tenhults IF which plays in a middle division in Sweden.

“We are excited to have him I didn’t quite think he’d be off to this great of a start, but he’s on fire, and he’s scoring everything, he’s hitting his foot on,” said Humber coach Michael Aquino.

His huge frame, power, speed, wing play matched with the organization of the Humber soccer team make the task for his opponents to stop him from scoring next to impossible.

Leaford Allen steals the ball from a Fanshawe Falcons player during a game at the Ontario Soccer Centre. Allen has racked up 12 points this season and is posed to break several records. (Su Kuštrić)

In four games, he has outscored 16 OCAA teams to start the season with 12 goals, six off the record.

“The team-mates that I have, every pass, every shot that they took is what really kept me motivated, and without them, I wouldn’t have these goals,” Allen said.

Even though he might be a little modest about his abilities, other teams are not.

Fanshawe Falcons coach Robert Pereiera, knew they had a daunting task ahead trying to stop the powerful striker.

“It would take more than one guy to stop Allen, and they would need a complete team effort,” Pereiera said.

Allen won the player of the week for Humber College for Sept. 2 to 8 to add to his impressive start.

Michael Fayehun, captain of the Humber Hawks Men’s soccer team, thinks this is only the beginning for Allen.

“Funny enough. I played with Leaford in 2012-2013, so I’m not surprised,” he said.

“I think he can actually do better than this,” Fayehun said.

Brian Lepp, Hawks Sports Information and Marketing specialist, has seen some incredible goal-scorers at his time at Humber College, and he thinks Allen is up there with the best of them.

Lepp jokingly recalled a story about how Allen said he might break the record.

“So, the coaching staff brought in the whole group for their recruiting day, and Leaford was looking through the Humber program and saw that the single-season record was 18 goals,” Lepp said.

“And then he asked me how many games that we play, and I said nine, and he thought about it for a second (and said), ‘I got this,’” he said.

“It could’ve been a joke because he’s a nice, humble kid,” Lepp said.