Rookies give Soccer Mountaineers big kick

Mohawk Mountaineeers turned in a spirited performance defeating the Niagara Knights 4-2 in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association men’s soccer action at Mohawk Sports Park on Tuesday (Oct. 7).

After surrendering the opening goal against the run of play the Mountaineers kept coming and were rewarded for their efforts with their second victory of the season, sparked by Matt Luison’s two goals.

The six foot tall graduate of Hamilton’s St. Thomas More, credited two great passes from fellow striker Hassan Hamed. “He sent me in and I just made sure I buried my chances.”

Head coach Richard Bennett said Luison is a big guy, who displayed some good shooting in practise. “I told him, go out and be the hero today and take your chances. He had a couple of chances early but didn’t take advantage of them, but I guess he got more confident and took those chances and things happened for him, so I’m happy for the young man.” Luison, like so many of his teammates, is a first-year student at Mohawk, so while it’s been a difficult season for the 2-7-1 Mountaineers, the future looks bright.

Hamed, another rookie, from Mississauga’s St. Joan of Arc, has been red hot. He also scored in the win, giving him six goals in his last four games. Veteran Joe Grieci had the other Mohawk marker.

Mohawk hits the field again Thursday (Oct. 9) when Ancaster’s Redeemer Royals visit Mohawk Sports Park for a 4:30pm kick off.