It was the Michael Vitaterna show as the Mohawk men’s soccer team rallied from a goal down and then held on to defeat Oakville’s Sheridan Bruins, 3-2, in their final game of the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association regular season on Wednesday (Oct. 14) and advanced to the quarter finals.
Down 1-0 just after 30 minutes of play, the Mountaineers tied the score about four minutes later when Vitaterna finished calmly after a Yousef Mohammad through ball. In the 52nd minute it was Vitaterna again as he put the Mountaineers in front, banking his shot off the goalpost.
Vitaterna then turned playmaker, crossing to Matthew Wiggins who made it 3-1 seven minutes later. Sheridan got one back in the 65th minute as play got very intense and chippy, but Mohawk survived some tense moments in their penalty area. With the victory, the Mountaineers now have a quarter final matchup.
After finishing second in the West Region with a 6-3-3 record, they now cross over to meet the runaway leaders in the East, the Algonquin Thunder, Monday, Oct. 19 in Ottawa. Algonquin, with a 9-1 record, has two regular season games to play, today and tomorrow, but not only have the benefit of being at home for the match with Mohawk, they also play on artificial turf which Mountaineers’ head coach Richard Bennett says his side will have to deal with.
While the Mohawk men made the post season, the women’s team did not. The Sheridan Bruins moved on by blanking the Mountaineers 2-0 in Oakville Wednesday. Mohawk finished with a 4-8 record.