Mohawk kicks off OCAA soccer season with a tie and a loss

Mohawk’s soccer teams opened the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association soccer season with mixed results against the visiting Sheridan Bruins. The Mountaineer women led 2-1, but settled for a 2-2 draw while the men lost 4-1 to the Oakville side on a soggy afternoon at Mohawk Sports Park on Friday (Sep. 12).

Katie Kiely, playing in her first OCAA match, scored both goals for the hometown women. Kiely took a couple of stabs at the ball off a corner kick and banked it in off a Sheridan defender for her first goal. On her second goal, the left-footed product of Hamilton St. Mary’s scored from 18 yards with her right foot. She admitted she did better than she expected and the fact she led her team to a point in the standings was “icing on the cake.”

Mountaineers’ head coach Renzo Castellani said Kiely’s work ethic is unbelievable. “She really goes for the ball. She doesn’t wait for anything. We have about five rookies like that. They’re just wanting to play.”

The Mohawk women get back into action on Thursday (Sep. 18) when they visit Humber.

Meanwhile, Eric Van Beveren, the rookie product of Hamilton District Christian High School, got the lone goal for the Mountaineers in the men’s game.

Mohawk coach Richard Bennett felt his squad was a little nervous. “That’s not to take anything away from Sheridan,” he said. “We’ll get better, but they (his players) were a bit nervous today. We started off a little bit slow and players are still sorting out what to do in certain situations. But we made some mistakes and it cost us.”

The Mountaineers will get another shot at the Bruins in the return match at Sheridan in nine days time, but the next action for Mohawk will be Wednesday (Sep. 17) at Niagara.