The Mohawk men’s soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision to the George Brown Huskies in their championship qualifying game at Esther Shiner Stadium in North York on Saturday (Oct. 20). The loss ended the Mountaineers soccer campaign.
It looked like it was going to be a very long day for the Mountaineers when the Huskies got the opening goal in just the third minute of play on a low drive on the artificial turf. George Brown was the dominant team in the opening 45 minutes as the Mountaineers were adjusting to the playing surface. Chris Tournidis, the Mohawk goalkeeper, made some outstanding saves in the first half to keep his team in the contest, especially in the 18th minute when he had to make a full stretch diving stop.
Mohawk had the George Brown goalkeeper in trouble about five minutes later. He was caught in “no man’s land” on a cross into the six yard box but the ball eluded two Mountaineer players who had an empty goal if either could have got onto the end of the pass.
With just five minutes to go, a surprise move was made by Mohawk coach Richard Bennett as Branden Agro went in goal and Tournidis played out. Bennett said he needed some extra energy on the field and Tournidis has played out before. Unfortunately it was too little, too late and George Brown scored their insurance marker in the 87th minute.
Nonetheless, the coach was proud of his side. “They played with a lot of effort and emotion,” said Bennett.
George Brown advances to the OCAA men’s championship in Ottawa next weekend (Oct. 26-27).