Mohawk men win, women tie in OCAA soccer

The Mohawk Mountaineers’ men’s soccer team picked up its first victory of the season in a big way. Paced by Sivlano Rajkovic’s two goals, Mohawk left Sudbury with a 5-1 Ontario Colleges Athletic Association win, courtesy of Cambrian College on Sunday.

Besides Rajkovic, Ross McMillan, Josh Dekkers and John Yacou scored singles for the Hamilton visitors. The win left Mohawk with a 1-0-1 to remain unbeaten.

“It was a good game for the team’s confidence as they were able to move the ball around. We really should have scored more goals,” said Mountaineers coach Richard Bennett, who said practice will include shooting drills.

The men’s team won’t have much time to savour the win. They take to the pitch on Tuesday (Sept. 26) at Mohawk Sports Complex on Mohawk Road East where they entertain London’s Fanshawe Falcons at 5 p.m.

The Mountaineers women’s team drew 1-1 in their game against Cambrian. The Golden Shield scored first, but Kristi Cossar got the equalizer on breakaway before the first half was out to earn the point.

Head coach Renzo Castellani noted the game was played in poor conditions as it started raining the day before and continued right through the women’s morning contest. It stopped for the men’s afternoon contest.

The tie left the women’s team at 0-1-1.

“The team played pretty well,” offered Castellani, noting that Cambrian’s goal came on a deflection, while the Mountaineers goalkeeper was diving in the opposite direction. He also felt three handballs by Sudbury players went undetected in the Cambrian 18-yard box.

”We kept the ball in their end for 20 minutes in the second half and getting a penalty call could have made all the difference.”

The women are also back in action Tuesday against Fanshawe at the Mohawk Sports Complex. Kickoff is 5 p.m.