Mountaineers too stingy for Royals in OCAA soccer

Mohawk’s soccer teams continued their winning ways in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association play in Ancaster on Friday (Oct. 1) and Redeemer was the victim in each case.

The Mountaineers scored a 3-0 win in the women’s game and a 1-0 verdict in the men’s. The Mohawk men, 3-0-2, moved into sole possession of first place in the West Region in their too-close-for-comfort triumph over Redeemer, 2-2-2.

The Mountaineers had a noticeable territorial advantage right out of the gate, but missed a handful of early scoring chances. In fact, with the Royals playing better as the game wore on, the visitors were not able to make a breakthrough until 67 minutes when Simon Garcia pounced on a loose ball to score from close range with what turned out to be the game’s only goal.

It was Garcia’s second marker in just three games. Branden Agro and Andrew Kennedy shared the shutout for the Mountaineers, who moved a point ahead of second place Sheridan in the standings.

Mohawk head coach Richard Bennett said his team is definitely playing better and passing the ball around with a lot of creativity. But he added, “We still had missed opportunities with our final touch, our final pass. I’m satisfied with the team’s effort, but we have to be sharper when it comes to our decision making.”

The women’s team got on the board quickly through Jaclyn Halliday with her first tally of the season. They then doubled their advantage approaching the half hour when Ashley Hagen scored her fourth goal in the past four games. Marissa Oddi put the final nail in Redeemer’s coffin when she got her third of the season early in the second half.

The shutout went to Alyshia Smith.

Mountaineers’ coach Renzo Castellani said he told his players not to take the opposition lightly. “We came out well and really dominated. We could have had more. Our defense was superb and played the offside (trap) very well.”

Castellani even praised the referee for allowing the teams to play.

So the Mohawk women improved to 3-1-1, and pulled even with Humber and Niagara in second place, three points behind front running Fanshawe.

Redeemer fell to 2-3-1.