Colts Men's Soccer win silver at OCAA Championship
The Centennial Colts Men’s Soccer Team proved to be in great form this year, sweeping three indoor invitational tournaments and earning the silver medal in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) Men's Indoor Soccer Championship at Redeemer University in Hamilton. The gold medal went to Humber College, having defeated the Colts 1-0. Centennial's second-place finish in men's indoor soccer was the best outcome in more than 16 years. Ironically, the Colts also lost to Humber in the gold medal match in 1999!
The Colts was the only team in the round-robin pool to win a game, going 1-0-2. In the semi-finals, Centennial faced the George Brown Huskies and prevailed 2-1 in a very exciting contest. The Colts were up early in a seesaw battle, when Captain Mark Tarazhi turned a defender and fired one home. However, the George Brown rivals waited until the last minute of the game to draw the equalizer. The Colts battled for another 10 minutes of overtime play, which did not produce a winning goal for either side. It was not until the end of the penalty shootout that Centennial emerged victorious. Goalkeeper Peter Katsaras came up with a big save and then on the last Huskies' penalty kick the opponent missed the net, sending the Colts team and their fans into a frenzy as Centennial advanced to the gold medal game.
In the final match of the championship, the Centennial Colts kicked off against the Humber Hawks. It was not until late in the game that Humber broke the deadlock and scored the lone goal, which won them the game and the Ontario championship. The Colts had battled hard and created two opportunities late in the game that could have changed the headlines, however they were unable to follow through. Peter Katsaras was named the top goalkeeper of the championship, and Centennial teammate Tyler Dill was named a Championship All-Star player. Ultimately, the Colts were able to build on their success of last year, which had produced a bronze medal finish.
Congratulations to the Colts Men’s Soccer Team on a job well done - and for bringing home a silver medal after a 16-year drought!
Come celebrate the Men's Indoor Soccer Silver Medal win on Monday, March 30 at 12:30 PM in the Student Centre at Progress Campus. Come and meet the team! Go Colts Go!