CORNWALL – The Holland Hurricanes swept the 2019 Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) soccer championships on their home turf at the Terry Fox Sports Complex in Cornwall on Sunday afternoon.
The Holland College women edged the St. Thomas Tommies 3-2 in a back-and-forth match while men’s Hurricanes got by the UNBSJ Seawolves 1-0 in the men’s final.
Emily Cormier scored the championship-clinching goal in the 71st minute on a setup from Nikki Roberts. That goal broke a 2-2 tie.
Leandra Upton opened the scoring just past the three-minute mark for the second-seeded Tommies (8-3-1). The score remained 1-0 until Emily Lepine struck for two quick goals early in the second half.
Lepine tied the game in the 53rd minute and gave the Hurricanes their first lead – 2-1 – of the game in the 59th minute.
The Tommies answered back on a goal by Nikita McCartney in the 69th minute to even the score.
Nicole McInnis was the winning keeper.
The Hurricanes, who entered the conference championship as the No. 1 seed after going 11-0-1 (won-lost-tied) in the regular season, will now represent the ACAA at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) soccer championships in Edmonton from Nov. 6 to 9.
In Saturday’s semifinals,
Rookie keeper Hayden Porter of West Devon registered the clean sheet for the Hurricanes.
Tegan Misener’s goal in the 14th minute sent the Hurricanes to the title. Alex Lourenso assisted on what proved to be the game-winning goal.
Next up for the Hurricanes, who finished the ACAA regular in first place with an 8-1-3 record, is the national championships in Oshawa, Ont., from Nov. 6 to 9.
In the semifinals on Saturday, Kaito Yamamoto’s goal in the 44th minute of the first half proved to the winner as it gave the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead en route to a 3-1 win over MSVU (6-4-2).
Lourenso added an insurance goal in the 60th minute.
Waris Atiqullo opened the scoring in the 37th minute for fourth-place MSVU. However, Dan Martell answered back just over a minute later to pull the Hurricanes even.
Porter was the winning keeper.
UNBSJ (8-3-1) blanked St. Thomas (6-3-3) 4-0 in the other men’s semifinal.