Mohawk men struggle for soccer tie, women simply struggle

Mohawk’s Simo Stevonovic heads one of his two goals Wednesday to give Mountaineers a 2-2 tie. (Photo: Ron Bernardo)

Mohawk’s men’s and women’s soccer teams had their hands full with visiting Sheridan Wednesday when the Mountaineers opened their Ontario Colleges Athletic Association regular season at Mohawk Sports Park. The men had to rally twice to draw 2-2, while the women were stunned 7-1 by the Bruins.

In the men’s game, Simo Stevonovic scored both goals for the Mountaineers. His first marker was sandwiched between a pair of Sheridan goals in the first half. He then scored the equalizer for the home side early in the second half.

Sheridan played the last seven minutes of the game with 10 men after receiving a red card for a head butt.

Mountaineers’ head coach Richard Bennett thought his team had a case of the jitters to start the game. However, he also felt his squad wasn’t hungry enough and with a little more effort could have taken the lead.

Sheridan Bruins effectively kept the ball away from the women Mountaineers in 7-1 win. (Photo: Ron Bernardo)

It was a tough day for the women’s team. Veteran Kristi Cossar got the lone marker for the Mountaineers in their defeat. Head coach Renzo Castellani was somewhat disheartened by the result. He wouldn’t rule out complacency in his team after two recent wins in an Ottawa tournament and the fact that Sheridan managed only a 1-1 draw with Conestoga in their first game.

“They took a beating, which I don’t think is a bad thing. We have to re-focus and we’ll see (what happens) when we go to Sudbury on Sunday,” said Castellani.

Both Mohawk teams travel to the Nickel City to meet the Cambrian Golden Shield on Sunday.