Soccer Mountaineers finish schedule with win

Mohawk’s James Bond stunned Humber with a quick free kick which proved to be the game-winning goal as the Mountaineers beat the Hawks 2-1 in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association men’s soccer in Etobicoke on Tuesday (Oct. 16). The victory moved the Mountaineers, at least temporarily, into second place in the West Region.

With the score tied and about 20 minutes to go, Mohawk was awarded a free kick just outside the 18 yard box on the left side. While Humber was organizing it’s wall, Bond saw his opening and put the ball in the back of the net.

Mountaineers’ coach Richard Bennett said Humber did not complain, realizing they got caught on Bond’s heads up play. It was his fourth goal of the season, tying him with his brother, Adam, who was suspended from the game because of an accumulation of yellow cards. Mohawk led 1-0 at half time, on Matt Gera’s penalty. It was his second goal from the spot this season. Humber tied the game a quarter of an hour into the second half.

Although the Mountaineers missed some early chances coach Richard Bennett said they earned the victory. “We played with a lot of pride today. We were very disciplined and wanted to win. We knew what was at stake.”

Bennett says his back four was solid and goalkeeper Chris Tournidis’s return to the team after being away from the college for a few years brings considerable experience with him.

Mohawk finishes the regular season with a 5-3 record. The Mountaineers are two points ahead of Humber, which has also finished it’s schedule and Fanshawe, which hosts Niagara on Wednesday (Oct. 17). Fanshawe, could pass both Humber and Mohawk with a win.

Finishing second means getting home field advantage for this weekend’s cross over quarter final game against the third place finisher in the East. If Mohawk winds up third, they will have to hit the road.