Mountaineers tame soccer lions

Lambton failed to live up to its nickname in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association soccer play at Sarnia on Saturday (Sep. 25). Mohawk scored a pair of shutouts over the host Lions. The Mountaineers won the women’s game 3-0 and the men romped 5-0.

In the women’s game, the Mountaineers got two goals from Marissa Oddi, one in each half. Ashley Hagen completed the scoring for the visitors. Mohawk co-head coach Renzo Castellani said his team played well and he was pleased how two goalkeepers shared the shutout. Veteran Alex Martinez played the bulk of the game, while rookie Nicole Roberts was between the sticks for the last 20 minutes.

The Mountaineers are now 2-1-1 and tied for third place in the West Region standings.

Meanwhile, five different players got on the score sheet for the men in their victory over Lambton. Sirwan Irandost and Dalton Bage tallied in the first half, and then Simon Garcia, Muhammad Alkharsan, and Venroy Baird counted after the break.

Head coach Richard Bennett said Baird’s goal was spectacular. “He made a nice run and on an angle from the top of the 18 yard box he hit it perfectly. The goalie didn’t even see it as it flew into the net.”

Bennett is pleased with his team, adding, “The potential is there. Chemistry and confidence is coming along.”

Third year player Jordan Dykstra got the call in goal and produced a clean sheet.

Mohawk is now tied for first place in the West with Mountain rival Redeemer, both 2-0-2.