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OCAA hands out men's soccer awards

OCAA hands out men's soccer awards

Thursday, October 23rd saw the Ontario Colleges Athletics Association (OCAA) formally open the 2014 Belairdirect OCAA men’s soccer championship with the annual awards banquet. The event recognizes the OCAA elite, and over 140 guests were in attendance at the event hosted by Niagara College at the Riverstone Event Centre in Welland, Ontario.

The event highlight was the presentations of the evenings top awards including player of the year, rookie of the year, coach of the year, and the announcement of Ontario’s 2014-15 CCAA Men’s Soccer All-Canadians.

The 2014 OCAA player of the year award went to Stephane Emard of the Algonquin Thunder (Ottawa). The third-year midfielder enjoyed an outstanding campaign for the CCAA’s top-ranked team. He served as an anchor for his team that allowed an OCAA low two goals against. Emard will serve as the OCAA nominee for the 2014 CCAA Player of the Year award that will be announced at the National Championship being hosted by Sheridan.

The 2014 OCAA rookie of the year award went to Raheem Edwards of the Sheridan Bruins (Edwards). Edwards served as an offensive catalyst for the Bruins in 2014. In eight games, the Toronto native recorded seven goals, and finished second on a Bruins team that led the OCAA in scoring with 29 tallies.

The coach of the year award went to the Mike Baraslievski of the St. Clair Saints. The 23 year veteran led the Saints to a record of 5-1-2, including an impressive 3-2 road victory over the Sheridan Bruins on October 4th. The Saints advanced to the OCAA quarterfinals before being eliminated by the Durham Lords.

The 2014 CCAA All-Canadian selections went to Algonquin’s Emard, and OCAA Scoring Champion David Velastegui.

The event served as the opening of the 2014 Belairdirect OCAA Men’s Soccer Championship being hosted by Niagara College from October 24-25 at Youngs SportsPlex.

The Friday, October 24th semi-final matchups will see the Algonquin Thunder take on the Sheridan Bruins at 11:00pm, while the Durham Lords will take on the Humber Hawks at 2:00pm.

For more information please visit the championship website at www.goknights.ca.

Full list of 2014 OCAA Men’s Soccer Award Recipients: 

Men's Soccer Player of the Year
Stephane Emard, Algonquin

CCAA All-Canadian
Stephane Emard, Algonquin
David Velastegui, Sheridan

CCAA Men's Coach of the Year Nominee
Mike Baraslievski, St. Clair

Men's Soccer League Scoring Champion

David Velastegui, Sheridan

Men's Soccer Overall Rookie of the Year
Raheem Edwards, Sheridan

Regular Season Champions
East - Algonquin Thunder
West - Humber Hawks

Men's Soccer - East Division Coach of the Year
Julian Carr, Centennial

Men's Soccer - West Division Coach of the Year
Mike Baraslievski, St. Clair

Men's Soccer - East Division Rookie of the Year
Isiah Passley, Durham

Men's Soccer - West Division Rookie of the Year
Raheem Edwards, Sheridan

Men's Soccer - East Division Defensive Player of the Year
Isaac Johnson, Algonquin

Men's Soccer - West Division Defensive Player of the Year
Kingsley Boasiako, Humber

Men's Soccer - East Division Scoring Champion
Kyle Laborde-Ayres, Seneca

Men's Soccer - West Division Scoring Champion
David Velastegui, Sheridan

Men's Soccer - East Division Best Defensive Team
Algonquin Thunder

Men's Soccer - West Division Best Defensive Team
Humber Hawks

Men's Soccer - East Division Top Goalkeeper
Simon Brown, Algonquin

Men's Soccer - West Division Top Goalkeeper
Alex Pothemont, Humber



League All-Stars
Stephane Emard, Algonquin
Abraham Kamara, Algonquin
Stephane Legrand, Cambrian
Evan Phillips, Cambrian
Davinder Johal, Centennial
Mark Tarazhi, Centennial
Duncan Mitchell, Durham
Sasa Vukoje, Durham
Tyler Delpellaro, Fleming
Joey Penello, Fleming
Milad Kahani, George Brown
Marti Mayrhofer-Lima, George Brown
Emmanuel Adjei, Seneca
Kyle Laborde-Ayres, Seneca
Jeff Borges, St. Lawrence K
Andre Vandel, St. Lawrence K
Francesco Capriglione, Conestoga
Yalcin Uyar, Conestoga
Cedric N’Guessan, Fanshawe
Onilede Oyeyemi Abimbola, Fanshawe
Gerardo Magno, Humber
Dominic Roberts, Humber
Kellan Lindsay, Lambton
Beau Stonehouse, Lambton
Greg Green, Mohawk
Anthony Halm, Mohawk
Jordi Amores, Niagara
Carlos Williams, Niagara
Josh Elgeti, Redeemer
Matt Koning, Redeemer
Molham Babouli, Sheridan
David Velastegui, Sheridan
Jamar Kelly, St. Clair
Brian Santos, St. Clair