TORONTO, Ont. - The Fanshawe Falcons men's soccer team earned their second provincial bronze medal in four seasons on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Algonquin Thunder 3-1.
Ahmad Al Rajie (London, Ont.) opened the scoring in the 20th minute, breaking past a Thunder defender and firing a laser right through Thomas Hatch's (Ottawa, Ont.) five-hole.
After a back-and-forth fifteen minutes, the Falcons caught a break to extend their lead. Falcons goalkeeper Alexander Jakma (Richmond Hill, Ont.) made a save and immediately booted the ball, which took a huge bounce and wound up landing on Mike Sneddon's (Mount Brydges) foot. Algonquin's keeper tried to play the ball aggressively, but Sneddon smartly chipped it over his outreached arm for the tally. 2-0 Falcons at the half.
Fanshawe didn't waste much time in the second to further extend the lead, earning a penalty kick on a Thunder foul in the box. The Falcons Bradley Heath (Markham, Ont.) calmly stepped up and buried, essentially putting the game away.
Algonquin's chances would be few and far between for the final 30 minutes - with just a minute remaining Lucas Blaine (France) ruined the Fanshawe clean sheet, but it was too little too late. Final score was 3-1.
Bradley Heath of Fanshawe and Jeremy Trefry of Algonquin were named to the tournament all-star team.