UTM vs. Sheridan College - OCAA Provincial Championships Game Recap - October 30th 2015

Goalkeeper making save with attackers and defenders around him.
ETOBICOKE, ON (October 30th) – The University of Toronto Mississauga Eagles varsity men’s soccer team played the reigning 2014 National champions Sheridan Bruins in OCAA playoff action, defeating them 4-1. The win gives the Eagles a guaranteed 6th place in the provincial standings, sitting above 12 other teams. If they win tomorrow in the Consolation Final they’ll finish their season in 5th.
 
Eagles forward Mohammad Golmakani opened the scoring on a PK in the 3rd minute of the game. Bruins goalkeeper Daniel Voci tackled Golmakani inside the 18-yard box receiving a yellow card for his tackle. The quick goal was what the UTM team needed to get some momentum and put Sheridan on their heels.
 
Even though Kojo Awuah was UTM’s player of the game, Eagles goalkeeper Jacob Monaco deserves recognition for making a handful of game-changing saves continuously keeping the momentum back to the Eagles. 
 
Monaco made a great save in the 9th minute off Sheridan forward Jordan Jabbison. Jabbison had a second chance off the rebound but couldn’t make contact with the ball, enabling Monaco to pick up the ball and send it off to a defender.  Sheridan missed excellent opportunities on multiple occasions. Many shots were kicked too strongly, missing the prime targets.
 
Eagles captain, Andrew Kim, fell to the ground in the 48th minute after jumping for a head ball and colliding with a Bruins midfielder. Medical staff examined Kim for precautionary reasons, but he left the field on his own two feet minutes later.
 
In the 68th minute Eagles defender, Nolan Anderson, avenged Kim’s injury and buried a rebound putting UTM up 2-0 and clearly in the drivers seat for the rest of the game.
 
In the 84th minute, UTM solidified their win when Kojo Awuah found himself alone with the ball, easily stuffing it into the back of the net, making it 3-0.
 
Late in the game, Sheridan’s Ivan Sunjka was unable to control his emotions, receiving a red card after elbowing Mohammad Golmakani in the 18-yard box. Eagles forward Paul Bialkowski calmly converted the penalty kick giving his team a 4-0 lead late in the game.
 
Bruins defender Paul Manchisi's PK was able to find the back of the net in the 90th + minute. The goal took away what would have been a clean-sheet for Monaco.
 
Sheridan had two ejections finishing the game with only nine players. They were visibly disappointed that UTM came away with the victory since the Bruins had beaten UTM twice during regular season play.
 
Eagles' captain and fan favourite, Andrew Kim, is ecstatic with the team’s playoff success so far. He’s optimistic about this programs future claiming they can be “scary good” in the coming years. Kim isn’t the vocal leader on the team; he feels his responsibility lies in his hard-fought style of play on the field. The speedy forward looks to help lead his team to victory tomorrow morning, in what will be the team's last game of their inaugural season.
 
The Eagles will face the Fleming Knights who defeated Niagara College of the Central division 3-0.  The Consolation Championship Game will be played on Saturday, October 31st at 9:00 am at Centennial Stadium, Etobicoke.