Falcons’ Sneddon Puts Team First

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

by Jeffrey Reed, Editor, LondonOntarioSports.com

When you look closely at the Fanshawe Falcons’ six provincial championships and four national medals captured during the fall semester, you’ll see that athletes from Strathroy, Melbourne and Mount Brydges played a major part in that success.

No fewer than eight athletes from the area, including soccer standout Mike Sneddon of Mount Brydges, are currently Fanshawe varsity athletes.

Sneddon, 19, had a breakout year in Ontario College Athletic Association (OCAA) play this fall. He was OCAA West Division rookie of the year in 2017 after netting a team-high nine goals in 10 games, second in division scoring.

Mike Sneddon. Photo: Falcons Athletics/Matt Hiscox.

This season, he scored 13 times over 10 matches to lead the division and tie for second amongst all OCAA scorers. In September, Sneddon was named Falcons athlete of the month after tying a school-record four goals on Sept. 29 at Lambton College.

“I feel I really matured this year, after playing for (coach) Mike (Marcoccia) with FC London,” Sneddon said of his sophomore season with the League1 Ontario squad. Last month, Marcoccia led the Falcons women’s soccer squad to Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) bronze.

A second-year student in Fanshawe’s Business Marketing program, Sneddon played one year of minor soccer in Strathroy before playing the rest of his youth soccer in London. He’ll play indoor soccer with the Falcons this winter before preparing for a third season with FC London.

A striker who feels equally comfortable “anywhere up top” on the pitch, Sneddon was instrumental in the Falcons’ undefeated regular season and playoff run.

In late-October at Toronto, the CCAA-ranked No. 6 Falcons claimed OCAA bronze with a 3-1 win over the Algonquin Thunder. In the quarter-finals, Sneddon scored twice in Fanshawe’s 3-1 win over the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Fanshawe’s only loss of the season saw eventual national champion Humber Hawks win 2-1 in the semifinals. Humber has won five national championships over the past seven seasons.

But the Falcons rebounded at the OCAAs to claim their provincial medal, with Sneddon adding another goal. The OCAA West champs were named the province’s best defensive team of 2018, allowing less than a goal a game this season.

“Defense was the strength of our team this year,” Sneddon said. “Our team chemistry was unbelievable. We knew how to bring out the best in each other, and we knew each other’s strengths. But our attack was awesome, too.”

The OCAA also named Sneddon and teammate Ben Vyfschaft of London the league’s most dangerous scoring duo. Vyfschaft was OCAA rookie of the year and scored 12 goals in eight games.

“Overall it was a great season, but we didn’t finish how we wanted. We expected more. We wanted a medal at nationals,” Sneddon added. “That’s a goal for next season.”

Sneddon will play men’s recreation indoor soccer at London’s BMO Centre before FC London prepares for its 2019 campaign. And he plans to enter another two- or three-year program at Fanshawe – good news for the Falcons who will enter the 2019 season on a mission.

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Jeffrey Reed has been a member of the London sports media since 1980. Have a comment or story idea? Email jeff@londonontariosports.com.

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