Durham Lords men’s soccer team plays for Canadian title

Durham College soccer fans celebrate a 2-0 victory over the Red Deer Kings Thursday at Vaso's Field. Photo credit: Allan Fournier

(Liam Fox is a Grade 11 student at Sinclair Secondary School in Whitby and is doing a co-op placement with Durham College’s Journalism – Mass Media program.)

The Durham Lords have reached the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) finals and will play for gold on their home turf.

The Lords will face the Vancouver Island University Mariners Saturday, Nov. 9 at Vaso’s Field at 4:30 p.m.

The Lords qualified for the nationals as host and have posted an overall record of 12-3-1 this season. Durham opened the Canadian championships Wednesday with a 3-1 win over Douglas College of B.C. The Lords then took out Red Deer (Alberta) Kings 2-0 in Thursday’s semifinal to advance to the final. Key goals from Jose Flores and Joshua Lee sparked Durham.

Entering the final, the Mariners have a record of 7-3-2. VIU beat Lethbridge 2-1 in its opening game Wednesday and took out Ontario champion Humber by the same score in the semifinals Thursday.

By reaching the championship game, the Lords have secured their first CCAA national soccer medal since 1999 when they won a bronze medal.

This marks an exciting time for Durham College sports fans. If the men’s soccer team wins it would be the second Canadian title this month, as the men’s baseball team won the national championship Oct. 26 in Toronto.

After a disappointing 2-0 loss to the Sheridan Bruins in the opening round of the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association men’s soccer championship Oct. 23, the Lords have rebounded nicely.