Jo-Horus Toutou proving a lethal addition to George Brown lineup
It’s full steam ahead for men’s soccer at George Brown, after the team rattled off three straight wins and a 4-1 record.
Halfway through the regular season, the standings suggest a divisional race between the Humber Hawks and George Brown Huskies. The rivalry practically writes itself, seeing as how the lone blot on George Brown’s record is a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Humber, whose 5-0 record leads the central division.
In the three games since, George Brown has ten goals for versus just one against. Three different goalkeepers have contributed to that record, with Milad Kahani, Aris Efstathiadis and Jordan Sodhi each being called to action.
After going scoreless in his season debut, Jo-Horus Toutou has been an offensive juggernaut, to the tune of four goals in the last two games. The Huskies forward exudes lethality, constantly threatening defenders with his elusiveness, awareness of space and quick touch.
“Jo’s got a lot of speed, he’s fast, he’s strong. He’s got a good understanding of the game,” said Huskies head coach John Williams. “Obviously we didn’t have him in the Humber game, which is okay for me because it gave me the opportunity to see some other players, and I think he will add to our forward attack.”
While remembering to enjoy the moment, Toutou is inspired by the opportunity to play for George Brown and showcase what he’s got. In describing his skill set, Toutou’s as clinical off the field as he is on.
“I think I bring energy, confidence and I can bring goals like you guys saw today,” Toutou said.
Williams’ emphasis on work ethic and needing to earn a spot in the lineup resonates with Toutou. Despite the team’s success, he feels it’s important to stay humble, that the message be how “we’re the underdogs.”
The Huskies freshman isn’t alone in finding twine multiple times this season. Striker Shaquille Agard joins him atop the George Brown leaderboard with four goals, while forwards Daniel Cunha and Zuheib Mohamed have two apiece.
“As you can see, we’ve got some goal scorers, we’ve got a few guys scoring two goals each on different occasions,” said Williams. “And because we’ve got a few different guys, that’s going to help us score goals.”
George Brown can play a run-and-gun affair, but when performing to their ability, the Huskies are strong on possession and patient with the ball. While the game logs fail to record assists, there has been plenty of playmaking going on.
The Huskies have the talent and experience to execute their system, and as recently shown, the creativity to take advantage of opportunities afforded by hard work. With these in place, Williams’ focus is on discipline and playing soccer for 90 minutes.
For players such as Mohamed, who feels pretty good about both his individual game and that of the team, it’s important to continue with what’s been successful so far.
“Just keep doing what we’re doing, keep cruising by,” said Mohamed. “Play well, play simple, smart soccer”.