Mohawk’s soccer teams were off to Southwestern Ontario for two games each, Friday and Saturday (Sep. 26-27) and both came home with a split.
The men’s team won it’s first game of the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association season, 2-1 over the Lambton Lions, in Sarnia Friday. Sirwan Irandost (Niagara Falls’s Westlane) and Roberto Del Rosario (Guelph’s Bishop Macdonell) got the Mountaineer markers, one in each half.
Saturday, Mohawk lost a 6-5 heartbreaker to the St. Clair Saints in Windsor and coach Richard Bennett described it as a wild and entertaining game, as the score would indicate. Hassan Hamed (Mississauga’s St. Joan of Arc) opened the scoring for the Mountaineers, but the Saints struck for three goals to lead 3-1 at the half. In the second half Irandost made it 3-2 and then Hamed tied for the score for Mohawk.
St. Clair went ahead 4-3. Irandost tied it with his second goal of the afternoon. The Saints forged ahead again, but Hamed’s third goal of the match tied the score at 5-5. With about five minutes remaining, St. Clair was awarded a penalty, which they converted for the 6-5 victory.
Mohawk coach Bennett questioned the penalty call for a handball, as he felt the ball played the hand and not the other way around. “It’s one of those calls which are at the referee’s discretion, said Bennett. “I didn’t feel it was a deliberate handball and it’s very disappointing when a penalty like that decides the outcome of a game. This was one of those games when it’s too bad there’s a loser.” With the defeat the Mountaineers record dropped to 1-5-1.
In women’s action Mohawk lost 3-1 at Lambton Friday. The visitors led 1-0 at the half, as Kristen Magnusson, a second year player from Burlington Nelson, scored early. But then Lambton scored three times in the second half then put up a defensive wall the Mountaineers could not break down. Mohawk coach Renzo Castellani conceded his team didn’t play that well.
But Saturday was a totally different story as the Mountaineers blanked St. Clair 2-0. Genevieve Burden, the first year goalkeeper from Hamilton Westdale, recorded the shutout. Rookie Leanne Ardron from Dundas Highland got both goals for Mohawk, one on a nice move by herself and the other converting a cross from Kelsey Forbes, the second year Mountaineer out of Robert Bateman High School in Burlington. Castellani praised Ardron. “She’s very easy to coach. She listens to what you say and puts it into practice right away.” Castellani also said he had people playing with real heart. “I had players who were hurting with injuries and they toughed it out.”
The Mountaineers improved their record to 2-3-1.
Both the men and women get back into action Tuesday (Sep. 30) when the Conestoga Condors of Kitchener visit Mohawk Sports Park. Both games start at 4:30 pm.