The Mohawk Mountaineers men’s and women’s teams both improved their Ontario Colleges Athletic Association West Region records to 2-1, defeating Ancaster’s Redeemer University College on Friday (Sept. 28).
The Mohawk men just got by the Royals 1-0 while the women scored a comfortable 3-0 decision in the twin bill at Mohawk Sports Complex.
Ali Bettger scored early and Kelsey Forbes made it 2-0 before the first half was over in the women’s match. Jessica Lee completed the scoring with about 15 minutes to go.
Forbes’ goal was sensational. With the wind in her favour, she blasted a 30-yarder which literally flew into the upper left hand corner.
“Kelsey is a terrific striker with a lot of view for the game,” noted Mohawk head coach Renzo Castellani. He said Forbes was moved from centre forward to midfield for this game and he felt she worked just as hard as she did at the other position.
Two ‘keepers, Amanda Edmonds and Meaghan Dunn, each played one half to share the shutout. Dunn comes to the Mountaineers from Hamilton Sparta. Edmonds and Dunn can also go in as outfield players, which is a bonus.
Castellani had special praise for winger and third goal scorer Lee, whom he felt worked harder than anyone on the field, and fullback Leah Maurizio, who did an excellent job covering one of the best strikers in the division, from Redeemer.
The Mohawk men had their hands full with Redeemer and appeared headed to a goalless draw until James Bond found the corner from 30 yards with a brilliant shot about a quarter hour from the final whistle. The Mountaineers still had to survive a Royals’ drive off the crossbar just into stoppage time and got some crucial saves by goalkeeper Branden Agro, to preserve the shutout.
Coach Richard Bennett had mixed emotions after the win.
“Anytime you can get a win we’ll take it, said Bennett. “We still have the potential to play much better than this. We can’t turn it on and off when we feel like it. No team is going to give you a victory. You have to earn it. Today we got lucky. But we need to start earning victories (and be) more confident with our play.”
Mohawk soccer teams are off to Kitchener next week to take on Conestoga. The men’s game will be Tuesday (Oct. 2) and the women’s contest the following day.