Mountaineers tie leaders heading into OCAA women’s soccer playoffs

How do you spell defence? M-O-H-A-W-K. For their fourth consecutive game, all with Lisa Pozeg between the posts, the Mohawk Mountaineers posted a shutout in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association women’s soccer play.

Wednesday’s 0-0 standoff with the unbeaten and West Region’s leading Humber Hawks (6-0-2) left Mohawk in fourth place with a record of 4-2-2 as the Mountaineers prepare for the playoffs.

On Saturday Mohawk faces another unbeaten team, the 6-0-1 Durham Lords, in a crossover playoff game against the East Region’s leaders.

The Mountaineers go into the playoffs on a buoyant wave. They opened regular season play in September losing 7-1 to Oakville Sheridan. However, Sheridan finished the year in third place in the West with a 5-0-3 record.

“You come to the end of the (regular) season and all you see is elevation in the play. You see the desire for them to win and want to go to the Nationals, and this is a stepping stone,” assistant coach Michael Castellani said after Wednesday’s tie.