Kyle Drinnan, Sports Reporter
The Humber Hawks women’s soccer team beat the Redeemer Royals 4-0 on Sept. 25 to win its fourth game in a row.
The win set up the Hawks for a strong second half of the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association. Humber lost its opening game of the season and tied its second before starting the current winning streak.
“What we are going to focus on will be dictating the play and always keeping pressure,” Hawks coach Mauro Ongaro said.
The Hawks started to take control after a deadlock in midfield to open the game. Midfielder Lily Campbell netted her sixth goal of the season off a corner kick to open the scoring in the eighth minute. Shortly afterwards, midfielder Giulia Zanardi doubled the lead.
Despite losing Campbell with a leg injury in the second half, the Hawks continued to dominate.
Zanardi’s second goal of the game was a penalty kick while first-year defender Alyah Spence scored in a breakaway two minutes later.
However, the Royals were not finished. After being down by four goals the women started to rally, pressuring the Hawks for the last 40 minutes of the game where they forced the game to the midfield and pressured the Hawks defense with scoring chances
But it was not enough as the Hawks defense didn’t buckle against the pressure. Humber goalkeeper Vanessa Fiore only had to make one save for the shutout.
“It was a dominant game,” said Hawks captain Rebecca Spratt.
“We had really good energy and everyone on the team came here to play.” April Douwes, head coach of the winless Royals, said she wanted her players to recognize and build on “the little successes.”
For instance, Royals goalie Lilly Brown stopped nine shots and was key to the Redeemer’s defence when Humber pressure was in full force.
“In the last few years we had times where we coasted when we shouldn’t have,” Spratt said. “This year we are keeping our heads up.”
Despite the win, the Hawks are still fighting for the top of the Western Division against Fanshawe and Sheridan.
They beat the Bruins 3-2 on Oct.2 with forward Emma Stushnoff’s game winning goal with the Titanic music playing in the background.
Humber’s last home game of the season is against U of T Mississauga on Wednesday Oct. 9 and Their last game is against the Mountaineers at Mohawk.