TORONTO, Ont. - Fanshawe showed why they went 9-0-1 and earned a west division title during the regular season, defeating the University of Toronto Mississauga 3-1 in game two of Thursday's OCAA Championship quarter-final slate.
The Falcons gained the early advantage thanks to Ben Vyfschaft's (London, Ont.) pretty touch on a cross that sailed through the box and wound up landing directly on his left foot. Vyfschaft already tallied 12 goals during the year, a key cog in the Falcons 42-goal regular season output.
Fanshawe would continually pressure during the remainder of the first half, but couldn't add another tally and after 45 minutes of action held a slim one-goal advantage.
Mike Sneddon (Mounty Brydges, Ont.), the teams leading scorer with 13 tallies, took over as soon as the second half got underway. Just three minutes into the second 45 he sped past a UTM defender down the left side and tucked a great finish just inside the post to double Fanshawe's lead. Fourteen minutes later Sneddon perfectly timed his break behind the Eagles defenders and capitalized on a breakaway to give the Falcons a 3-0 advantage.
Adam Czerkawski (Mississauga, Ont.) got the Eagles on the board with a great header off a nice cross, but it was too little too late for the underdogs from UTM. Finals score read 3-1 Falcons.
With the win, Fanshawe will take on Humber tomorrow at 3pm with a birth in the gold medal game on the line. UTM will play Niagara at 9am looking to keep their season alive.
Fanshawe's Bradley Heath and UTM's Sanjar Kairosh were named players of the game.
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