Mohawk duo share shutout in men’s soccer

The Mohawk Mountaineers reeled off their third straight victory in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association men’s soccer on Thursday (Feb. 24), blanking Ancaster’s Redeemer Royals 4-0 at Mohawk Sports Park.

Yousef Mohammad scored three times for Mohawk with Hassan Hamed completing the offence. Andrew Kennedy played most of the game in goal for Mohawk but gave way to Jordan Dykstra late to share the shutout. Mohawk led 1-0 at the half, on Mohammad’s first goal of the game.

While enjoying his hat trick, Mohammad said it’s the team that counts. “The first half we were playing pretty bad,” said Mohammad, who has scored in every game and now has seven markers. “We didn’t have (any) connection. The second half we picked it up. It’s always like this. But we can’t do that against stronger teams like Humber and Sheridan. “We have to pick it up from the start.”

Mohawk head coach Richard Bennett said his team gave Redeemer respect and the Royals were pressing when Mohawk scored the first goal against the run of play to take some sting out of the visitors.

“Yousef is a very good player for us,” said Bennett. “We are very happy to have him as a rookie. He has been at the college for two years and decided to come out this season. He’s a big addition for us and a big threat.”

So is returnee Hamed, who has five goals to his credit this season. Goal scoring has been key for the Mountaineers. They’ve scored 17 times, while conceding 11, five of those in their lone loss to Humber.

With the victory, Mohawk is now 3-1-1. Redeemer falls to 1-4. The Mountaineers travel to London to face Fanshawe on Saturday (Sept. 26).