MSOC | Hurricanes take home National Bronze medal in British Columbia
November 12, 2017
It was perfect redemption for the Holland Hurricanes on Saturday in Nanaimo, British Columbia. They defeated the Keyano College Huskies 1-0 in the bronze medal game at the 2017 CCAA National Men’s Soccer Championship after the Huskies defeated the ‘Canes 2-0 in the opening game of the tournament.
The original loss for the ‘Canes eliminated them from gold medal contention, placing them on the side of the bracket that allowed them to contend for a National bronze medal if they were to go undefeated the remainder of the tournament.
A 2-0 win over Algonquin on Thursday followed by a 4-3 win over NAIT on Friday placed them into the bronze medal match with Keyano.
The Huskies earned a tournament opening win over the ‘Canes on Wednesday but would fall to the Douglas Royals on Thursday by a score of 2-0. They were able to qualify for the bronze medal match by defeating the Durham Lords on Friday 2-1.
In Saturday’s bronze medal match, the teams would battle tightly throughout the first 45 minutes, as the game would remain scoreless heading into halftime.
With the Huskies pressing in the second half, they would hit the post in the 58’ but they could not capitalize.
Fast forward to the 80’ when the Hurricanes would finally get on the board. James Mallard would find the back of the net off of an Alexanros Iatrou free kick to give the Hurricanes the 1-0 lead late in the game.
This is how the match would end as the ‘Canes claimed their first National bronze medal in men’s soccer history and their second National medal with the other being won in 2011 in a silver.
The Hurricanes Player of the Game was Eberechi Okwuwolu.
The ‘Canes had two players be named to the CCAA All-Tournament team in Ibra Sanoh and James Mallard.
The eventual National Champions would be the host VIU Mariners.
The Hurricanes now turn their attention towards preparing to host the 2018 CCAA National Men’s Soccer Championship on Prince Edward Island for the first time. The Hurricanes have previously hosted the National Women’s Championship in 2012.
For full details of the 2017 CCAA National Men’s Soccer Championship visit www.ccaa.ca.
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