Mohawk’s Bennett tops coaches in OCAA soccer

For the third time in his 10 years at Mohawk College, Richard Bennett has been named Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year.

Bennett, who previously won the honour in 2002 and 2004, will also be Ontario’s nominee for the Canadian Colleges award. The former National Soccer League player, who has 25 years of coaching experience, guided his team to the 2004 OCAA bronze medal.

This year his Mountaineers finished third in the West Region with a 5-1-3 record. Their only loss came in the final game of the regular season. They then won a qualifying playoff game in extra time over La Cite in Ottawa, to advance to this year’s OCAA playoffs.

Mohawk had two players selected as league All-Stars. Striker Adam Petrina from Grimsby Blessed Trinity and sweeper Mark Vanduyvenvoorde of Dundas Parkside, both made the select team.

The Mohawk women’s side, which just fell short of making it to the OCAA Championship, also had two players named All-Stars. They are Marissa Oddi, a midfielder/forward from Hamilton St. Jean de Brebeuf and Ashley Hagen, a striker from Hamilton District Christian High School in Ancaster.

Hagen also won the West Region scoring title with seven goals in eight games.