Loss to Humber ends Mountaineers men’s soccer season

Mohawk Mountaineers men’s soccer team ended their season yesterday at Ivor Wynne Stadium with a 3-2 loss to the Humber Hawks. Mountaineers needed the win to keep playoff hopes alive. However, the West Region leading Hawks came back to beat the Mountaineers after trailing 2-0 at half.

Mohawk finished regular season play in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association league with a 2-2-4 record, which left them in fifth place, two points back of Kitchener Conestoga. The four ties was a league high and hurt their playoff chances as the season progressed.

On Wednesday, Mohawk struck early as Simo Stevanovic blasted a shot from inside the penalty area which went off the Humber goalkeeper’s right hand.

Eight minutes later Mountaineers’ keeper Filippo Martines made two terrific stops in succession just before Mohawk doubled its lead on a bizarre goal at the 22 minute mark. Players on both sides thought a free kick was going to be awarded and stood around for several seconds before Josh Dekker realized no whistle had been blown. He then walked in and blasted the ball home giving Mohawk a 2-0 lead.

Humber cut the lead in half at the 55 minute point in the second half, then scored the equalizer 20 minutes later. Humber netted the winner on a penalty in the dying moments to seal the fate of the Mountaineers.

Mohawk coach Richard Bennett said his charges missed too many chances, especially while they had the wind to their advantage in the first half.