Upper Canada College’s varsity and U13A soccer teams both reached the finals of their respective Canadian Accredited Independent Schools national championships last week, with the older boys claiming the title.
The varsity team got rolling early on Oct. 15 by defeating Montreal-based host Lower Canada College 5-0 and Country Day School 4-0. That momentum continued the next day when UCC posted a 8-0 win over West Island College and a 2-0 victory over Hillfield Strathallan College.
The shutout streak continued the next morning when the Blues defeated St. George’s School by a score of 3-0 in a semi-final match that qualified the team for the gold medal game that afternoon against Ridley College.
The Blues outshot their opponents six to one in the opening half but weren’t able to put a ball in the net. The team had more shots in the second half as well, but a huge save by UCC keeper Simon Broer preserved a scoreless tie until three minutes to go when substitute midfielder Seyon Rajaduraj scored a goal that held up and gave the Blues a 1-0 win.
The Blues finished the tournament with six straight wins without giving up any goals. Team captain Kal Shaw scored nine on his own.
The team began the defence of its title on Oct. 15 by winning its four-team poll after posting respective 5-0, 3-0 and 3-0 wins over Ashbury College, Royal St. George’s College and Collingwood School.
There was no let-up the following day, as UCC defeated West Point Grey Academy 3-1, Holy Trinity School 6-1 and Selwyn House School 4-2. This set up a semi-final on Oct. 17 that was a rematch against Collingwood School that ended in a 4-0 UCC victory.
The team was poised to claim its fifth consecutive national championship in the gold medal match versus Hillfiled Strathallan, but the home team got the upper hand and walked away with a 3-1 win. The boys from UCC settled for silver medals but had no reason to hang their heads after a very well-played tournament that saw them outscore their opponents 29-7 in eight games.
“The boys should be commended for their sportsmanship, impressive work ethic and focus throughout the three-day competition,” says coach Gareth Evans. “Whether it was on the field, in the dining hall or on the bus, the boys regularly demonstrated great character and class while representing their school.”