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MSOC | Hurricanes claim ACAA Championship for seventh time in programs history

October 30, 2017

The Holland Hurricanes capped off a perfect year of conference competition this weekend when they defeated the MSVU Mystics to win the ACAA Championship.

Ibra Sanoh would put the Hurricanes on the board in the 42’ with a header; the ‘Canes would hold the 1-0 lead into the half.

In the second half the teams would continue to battle back and forth when James Mallard sent a header into the back of the Mystics net to give the Hurricanes a 2-0 lead. Shortly after Sanoh would add his second when he scored in the 89’, securing the 3-0 victory over the MSVU Mystics.

This was the seventh ACAA Championship in program history for the men’s soccer Hurricanes and fourth straight, previously winning in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Jonathan Vos, now in his ninth year with the Hurricanes, was pleased with how his players rose to the occasion.

“We knew the opposition would step up and come after us,” he shared. “The first twenty minutes was important for us to get settled in each of our games and after that we could put our foot on the ball and play. We stayed patient and waited for the game to open up and I’m very pleased with our player’s focus; every player contributed.”

The Hurricanes road to the championship consisted of a perfect 12-0 regular season followed by a 3-0 victory on Saturday in the conference semi-final game versus the Crandall University Chargers. In Saturday’s game Sanoh picked up two goals while Andrew Henry added the other.

On Friday night at the ACAA soccer awards banquet Sanoh was named the ACAA Player of the Year for the fourth time and was also a member of the first All-Conference team; he also has been named a CCAA All-Canadian for the fourth time, a record for a Hurricanes player across all sports.

Other award winners for the men’s ‘Canes on Friday night was Brandon Lund (ACAA Keeper of the Year), James Mallard, Eberechi Okwuwolu (ACAA first All-Conference team), Theo Ngezahayo, James Briand and Charles Aondo (ACAA second All-Conference team).

The women’s Hurricanes had two players receive awards on Friday night; Katherine Drake (first All-Conference team) and Sabrina Molnar (second All-Conference team).

The 2017 ACAA men’s and women’s soccer Championships were hosted by the UNBSJ Seawolves in Saint John, New Brunswick.

The Hurricanes will now turn their attention towards the CCAA National Men’s Soccer Championship in Nanaimo, British Columbia, hosted by the Vancouver Island University Mariners; the championship takes place November 8-11.

Joining the Hurricanes in the National Championship are the VIU Mariners, Douglas Royals (PACWEST), Keyano Huskies, NAIT Ooks (ACAC), Algonquin Thunder, Durham Lords (OCAA) and Ahuntsic Indiennes (RSEQ). The ‘Canes best finish in the event took place in 2011 when they won a National silver medal.

For more information on the 2017 ACAA Soccer Championships visit www.acaa.ca.

For more information on the 2017 CCAA National Men’s Soccer Championship visit www.ccaa.ca.

To connect with the men’s soccer Hurricanes please visit www.twitter.com/canesmsoccer.

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

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