Mohawk’s men’s soccer team finds itself sitting in first place in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association’s West Division today. But the position could be short lived depending on the outcome of today’s game between Kitchener Conestoga and Sudbury Cambrian.
Mohawk’s 5-1 route of escarpment rival Redeemer on Friday gave the undefeated Mountaineers eight points from two wins and a pair of ties. Mohawk has a one point edge on Conestoga who are in Sudbury to play winless Cambrian.
Regardless of the outcome of that game, the stage is already set for Tuesday’s matchup between Mohawk and Conestoga at the Mohawk Sports Complex (Mohawk Road East). Kickoff is 4.30 p.m.
Mohawk struck early yesterday, scoring three goals in the first half. Striker Ross McMillan (Hamilton) was the offensive force for the Mountaineers, scoring three goals while midfielders Matt Gera (Brantford), on a penalty, and Gaafar Wahbi (Hamilton) had the singles. They were the first goals of the season for the three players and the second time in this campaign Mohawk has scored five goals in a game.
Nick Bokma (Shubenacadie, N.S.) countered for Redeemer with his second goal of the season.
Mohawk head coach Richard Bennett said Redeemer is a hard working team so his side tried to play more ball control and were able to set the pace once they got the early goals.
The men’s win gave Mohawk a sweep of Redeemer after the women’s team won their game, 3-1. But the women had to rally for their win as Redeemer‘s Phoebe Mitton (Kitchener) scored the lone first half goal, her second of the season.
Amanda Celeste (Hamilton) got the Mountaineers even early in the second half with her first goal this campaign and the score remained 1-1 until a headsup play by Kristi Cossar (Waterford) in the dying minutes. For her third goal of the season, Cossar fired home a quickly taken free kick while Redeemer was organizing their wall. Amanda Edmonds (Burlington) completed Mohawks’ scoring with a wicked kick that bounced past the Royals’ goalkeeper for her first this year. It was the last kick of the game.
Mohawk head coach Renzo Castellani said his team played well, a carrying over from the 2-2 draw with Fanshawe on Tuesday. After conceding the opening goal he said his defense picked up very well. “They (Redeemer) have three or four players who are really, really fast, so we shut down their fast players and the whole game changed,” said Castellani.
The Mountaineers now have a win and tie in their first four games and sit in fifth place in the West Division. They, too, will host Conestoga on Tuesday.