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A long awaited win

Durham top Algonquin for the first time in 17 seasons

The Durham College men’s soccer program did something they have not done in 17 years, doing what many thought was impossible on Saturday afternoon as they shutout the Algonquin Thunder 2-0 in their first OCAA conference game of the season.

For years, the OCAA has been dominated by the Thunder who have won 13 OCAA medals including nine championships and three national titles. In that time, they compiled an 18-game unbeaten streak against the Lords.

Durham’s last victory over the Thunder came back on Oct. 14, 2000 when the Lords shutout Algonquin 1-0.

Durham natives Bruce Cullen and Kevin Thibodeau scored first half goals for the Lords while Dylan Yeo earned the clean sheet as the Thunder fired 27 shots his way.

“Beating a team of that calibre shows how the hard work in training camp and practice has paid off,” said head coach Dave Ashfield. “It’s nice to get that monkey off our back but it is a long season and we know things are not going to get any easier.”

Nicholas Axhorn stood out on the backline, shutting down the Thunder’s offensive attack that was second in scoring in the OCAA one year ago.

Durham’s next action comes on Friday night when they host the Fleming Knights at Vaso’s Field. Kick off for the Lords’ home opener is 8:15 p.m.