Mohawk hopes to break out of scoring slump in women’s soccer

The Mohawk Mountaineers women’s soccer players have set themselves a goal for Friday’s match against city-rival Redeemer University College. And that goal is… a goal, or two, or three.

Last year’s Ontario Colleges Athletic Association’s bronze medallist are struggling this year scoring, losing two of their first three league games and playing to a draw in the other. The Mountaineers started the season with a 7-1 at home setback delivered by Oakville’s Sheridan Bruins. Mohawk then played Sudbury Cambrian to a 1-1 draw and the team’s latest loss was a 1-0 blanking by London’s Fanshawe College.
The Falcons scored late in the first half for the only goal they would need.

Mohawk head coach Renzo Castellani said, “We create the chances, but we can’t reach the goal. Even in this game we controlled, I would say, a good three-quarters of the game. They (Fanshawe) take one nice shot, it’s in the back of the net and we couldn’t do anything about it.”

Castellani feels his squad “rushes it” when players get in front of the net, resulting in errant shots. Despite the loss, Castellani found it difficult to criticize his charges.

“We have to remember – Fanshawe went to the nationals last year and to hold them to one goal, I’m really happy with the girls tonight.”

The Mountaineers visit Redeemer’s Ancaster campus Friday at 5 p.m.