Falcons set for test in final four

ERIC BENDER -- Free Press Sports Reporter

, Last Updated: 8:29 AM ET

Fanshawe's soccer women, who swept to first in the West Division with a 7-1 record, will meet sterner competition Friday in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association final four.

After their regular season of usually trampling the opposition, the Falcons continued by blasting Loyalist 7-0 last weekend in a quarter-final.

Friday the Falcons meet Mohawk at 2 p.m. in a semi-final at Algonquin College in Ottawa. The final is Saturday.

"It's really about us and our game," said Eva Havaris, a first-year Falcon coach who inherited a team with just four returnees. "We have come so far -- our cohesion."

She was familiar with just two players at the beginning of the season and only knew them "slightly."

While she feels the Mohawk Mountaineers have been thoroughly scouted, it's her own team that has to perform, she said. Mohawk finished third, behind Fanshawe and Sheridan, in the West Division with a 5-2-1 record.

Fanshawe beat Mohawk 2-0 in their regular season meeting. Fanshawe is ranked second behind the Durham Lords, who finished a perfect 7-0 in the East Division and dumped St. Clair 4-0 in their quarter-final.

Mohawk upset Algonquin 2-1 in their quarter-final.

Sheridan Bruins beat the Fleming Knights 2-0 to leave the three West teams in the final four.

The strategy on the weekend, Havaris said, was to not allow any corner kicks or dangerous penalty kicks. "We want to make the other team work to beat us," she said. Against Loyalist, the Falcons allowed just one corner.

Elizabeth Hall led the Falcons with three goals while Sarah Nishikawa had two and Shannon McLeod and Melissa Elie one apiece.

The team is healthy, Havaris said, and one blessing is that there have been no major injuries all season.

Fanshawe's men's soccer equivalent didn't fare as well this year. The team finished 2-5-1 in the West and didn't qualify for playoffs.

Other Falcons

The taller types at Fanshawe got the volleyball season underway.

The male Falcons split in first-week activity, beating the George Brown Huskies 25-4, 25-10, 25-16 but losing 15-25, 26-24, 25-19 and 25-19 to Mohawk.

The women battled to a five-set win over Mohawk with scores of 25-21, 25-20, 22-25, 24-26 and 15-10. Stephanie Femia was a Falcon dynamo with 19 points (15 kills, three blocks and one ace).

In basketball, the female Falcons beat the Redeemer Royals 66-38, while the men triumphed 88-58 over Redeemer.


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