Ojo nets brace in Huskies debut
Swift Current soccer product Tobi Ojo made a memorable debut with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies men’s soccer team on Saturday.
Ojo only played 21 minutes as a substitute, but made the most of his three shots on goal over that span. The rookie midfielder found the back of the net twice to lead the Huskies to a 4-2 win over the host University of Calgary Dinos.
The Huskies trailed 2-1 early in the second half before scoring three unanswered goals. Ojo scored the game-winning goal in the 75th minute and then added an insurance marker in the 84th minute to cap a spectacular university debut.
The Huskies finished second in the Canada West Prairie Division last season with a 7-5-2 record. They were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Thompson Rivers.
Ojo, who worked his way up through the Swift Current United Soccer Club program before moving to Regina, is looking to contribute to a team that is returning its top five point producers from last season.
The 5’7’’ Ojo played in Regina for Queen City United and the Regina Leboldus Golden Suns and was also a member of Team Saskatchewan numerous times.
The Huskies were ranked sixth in the 2018 Canada West Men’s Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll, while the Dinos were ranked fourth.
The Huskies lost 3-2 the host Mount Royal Cougars on Sunday. Ojo came on a substitute to play the final 20 minutes. He was cautioned in the 76 minute and assisted on a goal in the 87th minute.
Ojo and the Huskies will make their home debut on September 1 against the University of Alberta Golden Bears.
Ojo will be one of three Swift Current products playing U Sports soccer this season. Lauryn Hayes, a standout with the Swift Current Comp. Ardens and United Soccer Club, has cracked the University of Regina Cougars roster as a rookie striker.
Hayes notched her first university goal when she slammed home a rebound for the only goal in a 1-0 exhibition victory over the visiting Minot State Beavers on August 18.
The Cougars will open the Canada West regular season on September 8 when they host the University of Manitoba Bisons.
Thomas Hammerton has a starting fullback role with the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns in his third season with the team.
Hammerton played all 90 minutes in a 3-0 loss to Mount Royal to open the regular season on Saturday. He also played 77 minutes on Sunday in a 3-0 loss to the University of Calgary.
The Pronghorns will look to get into the win column on Saturday when they host Grant Macewan.
Hammerton, who came up through the United Soccer Club and the SCCHS Colts, appeared in 10 games last season as the Pronghorns finished with a
Swift Current’s Sydney Hope is entering her second season with the Lethbridge College Kodiaks in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference. She scored her first career goal on Sunday in a 3-1 exhibition loss to The Kings University Eagles.
The Kodiaks will open the ACAC regular season on September 8 when they visit the SAIT Trojans in Calgary.
Mike Gurski, also a player and coach from Swift Current, will be suiting up for a fifth and final season with the Medicine Hat College Rattlers. The veteran midfielder appeared in nine games with the Rattlers last season. PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that nominations of candidates for the offices of:
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