Condors deny Mountaineers top perch in OCAA men’s soccer

First place was in the grasp of the Mohawk men’s soccer team until a late rally by Kitchener Conestoga meant the Mountaineers would have to settle for a tie.

Tuesday’s 3-3 stalemate in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association’s West Division left Mohawk unbeaten and in third place with nine points from two wins and three ties. Mountaineers are two points back of the leading Condors who have three wins, one loss and a pair of ties. Humber College sits in second with 10 points.

The Mountaineers struck early in the game on the first of two goals goal by midfielder Simo Stevanovic (Hamilton). The Condors tied the count before the break and in the second half, Mohawk appeared headed to victory.

Forward Silvano Rajkovic converted a penalty and Stevanovic chipped home his second goal for a 3-1 lead. However, Conestoga scored twice in the dying moments to salvage the draw, a result that did not please Mountaineers’ head coach Richard Bennett.

“You can’t be up 3-1 with about 15 minutes to go and allow a team to tie you. We stood around and watched as they took shots,” said coach Bennett. “I was very happy the way we played to that point, we’re still undefeated, but for me, the result was a big deal. We needed to win this game.”

The Mountaineers can atone for their let down on Oct. 13-14 when the team travels to Windsor St. Clair and Sarnia Lambton for a pair of games. St. Clair is 1-3-1 while Lambton is 1-3.