UTM vs. Sheridan Men's Soccer Game Recap - Sept 13th, 2015

utm mens soccer player vying for the ball against sheridan player

 

MISSISSAUGA, ON. (September 13) – The University of Toronto Mississauga Eagles Varsity men’s soccer team fell in their season opening game to the Sheridan Bruins, who are the defending CCAA National Soccer Champions. Losing 2-0 to such an experienced and athletic team can actually be seen as a positive.

This game was UTM’s first in OCAA league play and the first time playing as a team at such a competitive level. To play hard throughout the game and lose 2-0 shows that there’s room for improvement, but they can play against the best.

Ten minutes into the contest, UTM had an excellent opportunity to take an early lead but Sheridan goalkeeper, Danny Voci, made a terrific save.

Moments later in the thirteenth minute, Sheridan’s #19 Joshua Persaud scored what would eventually become the game-winning goal that came on a deflection off a shot from just outside the 18 yard box.  Similar to the women’s game UTM men’s squad conceded a goal late in the half, after a corner kick resulted in a collision between the UTM keeper and a UTM defender leaving Sheridan’s #2 Nikal Clarke all alone for the easy goal.

UTM held Sheridan off the game sheet in the second half and the two teams played an even game trading chances at each end.

Looking to rebound from the defeat the men look to gain points and ground in the standings when they battle George Brown on the North Field on September 20th. Look for the men to be well trained and ready to go against a team that is also fairy new to the OCAA.

 

Written by: Eric Hewitson, Photography by: Kyle Johnson