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Hurricanes claim fifth straight ACAA Championship

October 29, 2018

The Holland Hurricanes men’s and women’s soccer teams attended the ACAA Soccer Championships this weekend in Halifax, Nova Scotia; the event was hosted by the MSVU Mystics.

It was a historic weekend for the men’s Hurricanes as they earned their fifth straight ACAA Championship with a 2-1 victory in the gold medal game versus the STU Tommies.  The women’s Hurricanes fell the previous day to the eventual conference champions, the MSVU Mystics, in a competitive 3-1, semi-final match.

On Saturday, the women’s Hurricanes entered the championship as the third-seed while MSVU was number two.

Early in the match, MSVU was able to jump out to a 1-0 lead behind the leg of Breagh Laing in the 4’.  Jessica Oliver responded with an unanswered goal in the 19’ to make the match 2-0.

Laing would rally and score her second goal of the match in the 44’ to increase the lead to 3-0 as both teams entered their locker rooms at half-time.

In the second half, the Hurricanes would begin to rally.

Nicole Fergusson would cut the lead to 3-1 when she scored in the 75’; unfortunately for the ‘Canes they would not be able to close the gap any further before the final whistle blew.

Bethany MacDougall was the Player of the Game for the Hurricanes.

The Mystics would eventually win the ACAA Championship with a 3-2 victory over the STU Tommies on Sunday.

On the men’s side, the top-ranked Hurricanes also opened their championship up with a game against the fourth-seed Mystics.

The reigning ACAA Player of the Year wasted little time in showing his talents, when he scored in the 1’.

Tegan Misener extended the lead to 2-0 in the 33’, followed by an Alex Lourenso goal scored in the 43’ to make the game 3-0 entering half-time.

Kobayashi would be the star of the match scoring two more goals in the 53’ and 58’ to complete the hat trick, extending the Canes’ lead to 5-0.

Misener would add his second in 78’ as the ‘Canes would cruise to victory with a comfortable 6-0 win, punching their ticket to the ACAA gold medal game.

Kobayashi was the Player of the Game for the ‘Canes.

The STU Tommies would defeat the UKC Blue Devils in the other semi-final match on Saturday, setting the stage for a ‘Canes/Tommies gold medal game on Sunday.

Early in the match, the Hurricanes jumped out to a 1-0 lead behind the leg of Bobby Gamba in the 17’.  It took until the 57’ for another goal to be scored, when Shunya Kobayashi increased the Hurricanes lead to 2-0.

However, the STU Tommies would rally with a late goal in the 73’ by Ryan MacKinnon to cut the Hurricanes lead to just 2-1.

Both teams would increase their intensity levels in the final minutes of the match but the Hurricanes would be able to hold onto the lead, claiming their fifth straight ACAA Championship and eighth in team history.

The Player of the Game for the Hurricanes was Harrison Ellison.

With the Hurricanes being the hosts of the 2018 CCAA National Men’s Soccer Championship, taking place November 6-10 at the Terry Fox Sports Complex in Cornwall, PEI, they join seven other top collegiate teams from across Canada.

From the PACWEST conference in British Columbia, the Capilano Blues (North Vancouver, BC) qualified by winning their conference championship, while the Langara Falcons (Vancouver, BC) have also qualified as a wild-card team.

From the ACAC conference in Alberta, the NAIT Ooks (Edmonton, AB) were victorious in their conference championship and will join the field.

From the OCAA conference in Ontario, the Humber Hawks (Toronto, ON) qualified by winning their conference championship, while the Sheridan Bruins (Oakville, ON) will join the field as the OCAA wild-card team.

From the RSEQ conference in Quebec, the Ahuntsic Indiens (Montreal, QC) were successful in their conference championship game and will make the trip to PEI.

From the ACAA conference in Atlantic Canada, conference champions and hosts, the Holland Hurricanes (Prince Edward Island) will be joined by the ACAA wild-card entrant, the STU Tommies (Fredericton, NB).

The draw for the 2018 CCAA National Men’s Soccer Championship is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, October 31.

For more information on the 2018 CCAA National Men’s Soccer Championship, visit www.ccaa.ca.

For more information on the 2018 ACAA Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships, visit www.acaa.ca.

To connect with the men’s and women’s soccer Hurricanes, visit www.twitter.com/caneswsoccerandwww.twitter.com/canesmsoccer.

For more information on the Holland Hurricanes, please visit www.hollandcollege.com/athletics,www.facebook.com/hollandhurricanes,www.twitter.com/hc_hurricanesand www.instagram.com/hollandhurricanes.

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For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Monday, October 29, 2018