On Saturday October 12th our Men's and Women's Soccer teams celebrated each program's graduating athletes, recognizing them on field pre-game versus Centennial for their time and commitment with their programs. And the Husky teams did not disappoint the crowd, sweeping the Colts with 3-2 (women) and 6-1 (men) wins.
The Women's team got down early to the visiting Colts on a goal by #2 Nailah Rowe in the 53rd minute, but found the back of the net in response on a perfectly placed strike by graduating senior Kristen Stellino (2) in the 59th minute. Centennial scored next off of a direct kick set play outside the box following a yellow card to the Huskies' Cynthia Pellegrino, but the home team would again rally with another of their own from Makayla Cabral (5) a few minutes later.
With the game into extra time, Huskies forward Jaelyn Wright was taken down outside the Colts 18-yard box leading to a free kick. Freshman Danielle Montecinos responded under the pressure and curled the ball left of the defensive wall beautifully, the goalkeeper getting only fingertips on it. The ball then bounced around the goal line before being tapped in for insurance once again by Makayla Cabral (5), sealing a 3-2 victory for the Huskies.
On the Men's side of the ball, after a slow first half start and early break-away goal by Centennial forward Damian Davis the Huskies regrouped at half time and never looked back. In the 55th minute the Huskies netted their first off a Filipe Vilela (10) header from a free kick by Zuheib Mohamed just outside the corner of the box.
The Huskies would take the lead in the 68th minute on a tap-in header over the goalie from 5th year graduating captain Robert Mijackovic (1). Rookie Ameer Kinani (7) would then go on an incredible scoring spree between the 72nd-90th minute, scoring four goals to give the Huskies a dominant 6-1 win over the Colts.
Both teams travel to Fleming College on Tuesday October 15th to close out the regular season. A Men's win would lock up 4th place in the standings and secure a spot in a crossover playoff match. The Women's team has already secured a 5th place crossover playoff match appearance, but will look to finish the season a winning note as they go into the playoffs.
2019 Women's Soccer Graduating Student-Athletes:
#13 Laura Pietroiusti (Cambridge, Ontario), 1st year midfielder, logged four appearances for the Huskies in her rookie season. She will be graduating from the Baking and Pastry Arts Management program.
#17 Tatyana Lopez (Whitby, Ontario), 2nd year midfield/defender, has been a calm and steady presence all season, controlling play in the backfield game-in and game-out. Tatyana is set to graduate from the Video Design program.
#97 goalkeeper Sydney Greenberg (Toronto, Ontario), 2nd year goalkeeper, played two season between the posts for the Huskies with over 115 saves in her 16 games. She will be graduating from the Construction Trade Techniques program.
#8 Kristen Stellino (Scarborough, Ontario), 2nd year midfielder, has always been as much of an offensive threat as a defensive stopper, with leadership and commitment to the program second to none. Kristen will be graduating from the Early Childhood Education program.
2019 Men's Soccer Graduating Student-Athletes:
#22 Louie Melino (Markham, Ontario, 2nd year defender, logged game action in five contests this season. Upcoming graduate of the Construction Engineering Technology.
#15 Jason Alvarado (Toronto, Ontario), 2nd year midfielder (1st year, redshirt), controls the middle of the field as a dynamic two-way player. Alvarado will be graduating from the General Arts & Science certificate program.
#4 Michael Whelan (Toronto, Ontario), 3rd year defender, recovering from knee surgery Whelan's commitment to the program has been outstanding through his recovery and is a natural leader on the team. He will be graduating from the Construction Management Technology program.
#8 Kwame Yankey (Toronto, Ontario), 4th year midfielder/forward recorded 33 caps for the Huskies over his career. Yankey will be graduating from the Construction Engineering Technician program.
#18 Jo-Horus Toutou (Brampton, Ontario), 3rd year forward was the 2016 OCAA Central Division Rookie of the Year and has recorded 9 goals in 24 games played with the Huskies. Toutou will be graduating from the Business diploma program this April.
#9 Filipe Vilela (Toronto, Ontario), 3rd year forward, is a 2-time OCAA All Star, 2-time league scoring champion, 2018 CCAA All Canadian, and has tallied 33 goals over 21 games as a Husky. This currently places him tied for 7th on the OCAA Career Scoring Leader's list. Vilela is completing the Advanced Electrical Apprentice program.
#3 Robert Mijackovic (Etobicoke, Ontario), 5th veteran and perennial team captain, has played 43 games for the Huskies and been a stalwart member of the program throughout his entire career. A repeat OCAA All-Academic and former George Brown Rookie of the Year, Mijackovic has always represented the program with tremendous pride, passion and professionalism. He will be graduating from the Honours Bachelor of Technology - Construction Management program.