Mohawk’s men’s and women’s soccer teams both made some headway in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association West Region play on Saturday (Oct. 13) at Hillfield Strathallan.
The men’s team rallied for three second half goals for a 3-1 win over the Lambton Lions of Sarnia. The women also had to bounce back to draw 1-1 with the Lions.
In the men’s game, the Mountaineers trailed 1-0 at the half, but just past the one hour minute mark, Dave Mascioli got to a loose ball and picked the corner to tie the count with his first goal of the season. About 16 minutes later James Bond notched his second of the campaign with a superb 22 yard free kick which had just enough bend in it, to fly past a diving goalkeeper.
Then very late in the match, the Mountaineers scored a magnificent insurance marker when John Lemma re-directed Mascioli’s perfectly measured cross for his first goal of the season. Even though his team trailed 1-0 for a fairly long stretch of time, Mohawk head coach Richard Bennett said he wasn’t all that concerned. “To be honest I was confident we could come back, said Bennett. “We were getting opportunities and once we got one (goal) I felt we could go on to win.”
Bennett also praised goalkeeper Chris Tournidis, who returned to the college and rejoined the squad after a few years away.
The Mountaineers are now 4-3 for 12 points. They are in fourth place, one point behind Fanshawe and Humber, who share second in the West. Mohawk visits Humber on Tuesday (Oct. 16).
Mohawk women’s coach Renzo Castellani said his team had all sorts of scoring opportunities and failed to cash in, as the Mountaineers and Lambton played a scoreless first half. The Lions got on the board first after the resumption of play, but Jessica Lee scored the equalizer, her fourth goal of the season, midway through the second half.
The draw left Mohawk at 3-1-2 for 11 points, two back of second place Fanshawe in the West. The Mountaineers visit Humber on Wednesday (Oct. 17).