Mohawk Mountaineers split in OCAA soccer

mountaineersThere were mixed results for Mohawk in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association soccer play in Welland on Sunday (Sep. 20). The men’s team defeated the Niagara Knights 5-3, but the Mountaineer women lost 1-0 to their hosts.

Evin Shemoun’s first goal of the season turned out to be the winner in the men’s contest. His shot deflected off a Niagara defender and into the goal. Sirwan Irandost scored his second and third goals of the season. Yousef Mohammad notched his third and Hassan Hamed added his second for the Mountaineers who pushed their record at 1-1-1.

Mohawk scored first and were even 1-1 at the half. They took a 3-1 lead in the second half before the Knights rallied to tie. That led to Shemoun’s winner and a late penalty clinched the victory.
Mohawk head coach Richard Bennett said the Mountaineers deserved the win as they were the better team. But he was concerned about his charges looking good one moment and then “falling asleep” the next.

Bennett said a team can’t turn it on and off or they will pay for it somewhere along the line. The coach had to go into the game minus his number one and two goalkeepers, who were unavailable. And he praised his third choice ‘keeper Andrew Kennedy.

“He was nervous, but he did what he had to do”, said Bennett. “There is no doubt, he was the Man of the Match coming in and playing like he did.”

The Mountaineers next game will be Tuesday (Sep. 22) when they travel to Oakville to meet the Sheridan Bruins at 4:30 p.m. at the Trafalgar Campus field.

In women’s play, in Niagara Sunday, the host Knights scored inside seven minutes and it was the only goal they needed in a 1-0 decision over Mohawk. The Mountaineers’ fell to 1-2. Mohawk co-head coach Renzo Castellani was very disappointed in his side’s performance.

“We played terrible”, said Castellani. “Niagara scored quickly. Then we hit the crossbar but it didn’t help. Nobody executed. It was like they had lead shoes.”

The Mountaineers will try to get back to winning form on Tuesday (Sep. 22) when they entertain the Sheridan Bruins at 4:30 at Mohawk Sports Park.