Upper Canada College’s varsity soccer team had a good run but came up a bit short in defending its national title at the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools’ Senior Boys Soccer Tournament.
This year’s event was held at Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ont. from Oct. 14 to 16 and involved 20 teams from Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick and even one from the island nation of Bermuda.
There were five divisions and UCC found itself in a group with Bishops College School from Lennoxville, Que., St. John’s-Ravenscourt School from Winnipeg and Ashbury College from Ottawa.
The Blues got off to a great start with a 7-1 win over Bishops, with Oscar Brown registering a hat trick. The boys closed out their Friday games with a 4-0 shutout of St. John’s-Ravenscourt. Their round robin portion of the tournament was completed on Saturday morning with a 2-1 victory over Ashbury.
That set up a Saturday afternoon quarter-final match against the hosts from Trinity College School, which the Blues won by a score of 4-1.
That victory set the stage for a semi-final game against another Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association rival, St. Andrew’s College (SAC). The Blues defeated the Saints 4-0 on SAC’s homecoming day in Aurora, Ont. on Oct. 1, and were looking for a similar result in this tournament, but lost a heartbreaking 2-1 decision in a match that had to be settled in overtime.
SAC went on to claim the championship with a 3-2 win over Vancouver’s St. George’s School.
UCC’s next game is on Wednesday, Oct. 19, when it hosts St. Michael’s College School at 3 p.m.