Soccer

Donawa plays his part in title win

  • Making his name: Bermudian Ryan Parris was named as a conference all-star for the Acadia Axemen (Photograph courtesy of Acadia Athletics)

Justin Donawa, the Bermuda midfielder, helped Dartmouth College to a share of the Ivy League title with a 1-0 win at home to Cornell University last weekend.

Eduvie Ikoba scored the game’s only goal as the New Hampshire college clinched their fourth straight Ivy League championship.

“I’m obviously very proud of the group; in a lot of ways it was like a cup final for us,” Chad Riley, the head coach, said.

“There were a lot of nerves at the beginning, and credit to Cornell that they really pushed us very well. We had some chances that didn’t quite break through in the first half, but Cornell had some plays around our box that we defended well.”

Dartmouth face Brown University as they target a strong run in the NCAA tournament. A win against Brown could place them into the top-16 teams, which would grant them home-field advantage and first-round byes.

“Next week is a really big game,” Ikoba said. “We want a first-round bye and home-field advantage in the tournament, and we need to get a win and make sure we have a place in the top 16.

“We have finals week to worry about, so everybody is motivated to play well and get a first-round bye.”

Riley said the team recognises that despite the win, it is not time to celebrate.

“The entire team is excited,” Riley said.

“We’re really proud of the focus of the entire group to make it this far, not just the players on the field.

“At this time of year, it’s important to focus and these guys live to compete. The NCAA tournament is going to be in the back of people’s minds; the team knows we still have a lot to play for.”

Donawa, who is in his third year at Dartmouth, plays domestically for Premier Division side Somerset Trojans.

Meanwhile, Bermudian Ryan Parris has been named as a first team Atlantic University Sport All-Star after impressing for Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

Parris, a midfielder for the Acadia Axeman, was selected the All-Star team by the conference’s ten head coaches after the regular season.

The 21-year-old, who plays locally for Young Men’s Social Club, is set to graduate in the spring with a degree in business administration and a major in finance.

The Axemen lost 5-0 to Cape Breton in the semi-final of the Subway AUS Men’s Soccer Championship in Sydney, Nova Scotia, last week.