For the first time ever, UOIT has won an Ontario University Athletics (OUA) championship.
The women’s soccer program defeated the Queen’s Gaels 1-0 on Nov. 6 at Mustangs Field in London to claim the first OUA banner for both the program and the school itself.
“It’s a pretty indescribable feeling to be honest – I’m extremely proud of the girls and the way they played over the weekend and throughout the season,” said Scott Barker, UOIT’s manager of intercollegiate athletics.
“The first OUA banner and championship in UOIT history and I can’t think of a more deserving team than the women’s soccer program for what they’ve done over the last five years.”
In the 22nd minute, OUA all-star Taijah Henderson scored the lone goal of the match, out muscling the Queens defender to earn a breakaway and tuck the ball in the bottom left corner of the net.
“I was just emotional, obviously some tears and I wanted to go congratulate the other coach for what they’ve done, but I knew I had to come back and celebrate with the girls and enjoy it with the girls,” said UOIT head coach Peyvand Mossavat in a news release. “The last five years building the program hasn’t been easy, but you feel like everything you’ve done, it some how summed up to this.”
The Ridgebacks best finish in their program’s five-year history prior to Sunday was a bronze medal at the 2014 championship in Hamilton.
Both teams now advance to the U Sports (CIS) women’s soccer championship at Acadia University from Nov. 10-13.