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Hurricanes win men’s, women’s soccer titles together for first time


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The Holland College Hurricanes have swept the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) soccer championships for the first time.

The Hurricanes women’s team started championship Sunday by defeating the Mount Saint Vincent Mystics 1-0 in overtime in Halifax. The men’s team kept the celebration going with a 3-0 victory over the University of King’s College Blue Devils.

“Both teams being champions this year for the first time in school history . . . was pretty special to be part of,” women’s head coach Kris McKinnon said.

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The Hurricanes now have 10 combined ACAA soccer titles with the women winning their first in 2008-09 and the men in 2009-10.

Women

Darby Myers scored 3:25 into overtime to give the Hurricanes their first title since 2013-14. They have lost in the final four of the past five seasons.

“It’s a special group of kids that we have here this year. They’ve gone to the wall for us and it’s nice to see them rewarded,” McKinnon said.

Myers’ sister Lauren Myers had the assist on the title-winning goal. Nicole McInnis stopped nine shots for the shutout while Abbey MacLeod made three saves for the Mystics.

The players put their bodies on the line each week and make sacrifices to be part of the team. McKinnon said it made watching them lift the trophy and see the smiles on their faces gratifying.

The Hurricanes went 10-0-2 in the regular season, tying Mount Saint Vincent 1-1 and 0-0.

They will travel to Montreal next week to play in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association championship (CCAA) beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 9. 

Men

The Hurricanes men’s players found themselves tied at the half, but there was no panic on their side at the break.

“We were creating a few chances going forward, so we thought it would be just a matter of time before we broke them down and got one,” head coach Jonathan Vos said.

And in the 64th minute, centre back James Mallard got into the box off a set play.

“James is super strong in the air. The keeper went up to challenge him and had to come over the top of him to try and win it,” Vos explained.

It resulted in a penalty kick and conference-leading goal scorer Ibra Sanoh took care of the rest.

“Ibra did his thing. (He) steps up and put it away,” Vos said.

Sanoh set up John Chandler and Theo Ngezahayo to round out the scoring. Logan Doiron stopped both shots he faced for the shutout while Lore Maagard-Romano made four saves in the loss.

It was the Hurricanes third straight conference title.

“We talked about kind of having a bit of a target on us,” the head coach admitted. “I always say it’s harder to stay on top than to get to the top.”

The three-peat is even harder to accomplish at Holland College than many institutions as the college is constantly rebuilding its program with students taking one- and two-year courses.

“This was a great group of guys. From Day 1 they really clicked,” Vos said.

The Hurricanes travel to Fort McMurray, Alta., next week to play the CCAA championship. Their best finish is second in 2011-12.

The Holland College Hurricanes have swept the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) soccer championships for the first time.

The Hurricanes women’s team started championship Sunday by defeating the Mount Saint Vincent Mystics 1-0 in overtime in Halifax. The men’s team kept the celebration going with a 3-0 victory over the University of King’s College Blue Devils.

“Both teams being champions this year for the first time in school history . . . was pretty special to be part of,” women’s head coach Kris McKinnon said.

RELATED: CLICK HERE FOR TOURNAMENT SCORES.

The Hurricanes now have 10 combined ACAA soccer titles with the women winning their first in 2008-09 and the men in 2009-10.

Women

Darby Myers scored 3:25 into overtime to give the Hurricanes their first title since 2013-14. They have lost in the final four of the past five seasons.

“It’s a special group of kids that we have here this year. They’ve gone to the wall for us and it’s nice to see them rewarded,” McKinnon said.

Myers’ sister Lauren Myers had the assist on the title-winning goal. Nicole McInnis stopped nine shots for the shutout while Abbey MacLeod made three saves for the Mystics.

The players put their bodies on the line each week and make sacrifices to be part of the team. McKinnon said it made watching them lift the trophy and see the smiles on their faces gratifying.

The Hurricanes went 10-0-2 in the regular season, tying Mount Saint Vincent 1-1 and 0-0.

They will travel to Montreal next week to play in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association championship (CCAA) beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 9. 

Men

The Hurricanes men’s players found themselves tied at the half, but there was no panic on their side at the break.

“We were creating a few chances going forward, so we thought it would be just a matter of time before we broke them down and got one,” head coach Jonathan Vos said.

And in the 64th minute, centre back James Mallard got into the box off a set play.

“James is super strong in the air. The keeper went up to challenge him and had to come over the top of him to try and win it,” Vos explained.

It resulted in a penalty kick and conference-leading goal scorer Ibra Sanoh took care of the rest.

“Ibra did his thing. (He) steps up and put it away,” Vos said.

Sanoh set up John Chandler and Theo Ngezahayo to round out the scoring. Logan Doiron stopped both shots he faced for the shutout while Lore Maagard-Romano made four saves in the loss.

It was the Hurricanes third straight conference title.

“We talked about kind of having a bit of a target on us,” the head coach admitted. “I always say it’s harder to stay on top than to get to the top.”

The three-peat is even harder to accomplish at Holland College than many institutions as the college is constantly rebuilding its program with students taking one- and two-year courses.

“This was a great group of guys. From Day 1 they really clicked,” Vos said.

The Hurricanes travel to Fort McMurray, Alta., next week to play the CCAA championship. Their best finish is second in 2011-12.

ACAA scores

Scores from this weekend Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association soccer championships in Halifax.

Women

Saturday’s semifinals

Holland College 4 UNBSJ 0

Mount Saint Vincent 1 King’s 0

Sunday’s final

Holland College 1 Mount Saint Vincent 0 OT

Men

Saturday’s semifinals

Holland College 3 Mount Saint Vincent 1

King’s 3 UNBSJ 0

Sunday’s final

Holland College 3 King’s 0

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