Bronze soccer medal eludes Mohawk

Seneca College is the 2010 Ontario Colleges Athletic Association men’s soccer bronze medalists after a 2-1 win over Mohawk College on Saturday (Oct. 30) at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan.

Both teams exchanged scoring chances throughout the match, with Seneca making the most of its opportunities.

Second-year midfielder Vasco Silva (Toronto) almost scored the game’s opening goal in the 24th minute, hitting the goal post. But it was teammate Patrick Lamego (Toronto), a third-year forward, who gave Seneca a lead it would not relinquish.

Mohawk’s best opportunity in the first half came in the 37th minute when second-year defender Nelson Waziri (Bara Kagoma) fed a cross feed to first-year forward Venroy Baird (Hamilton) who shot it just wide of the Seneca goal. The Mountaineers closed the half putting the pressure on the Seneca defence, but the Sting held on to their 1-0 lead at halftime.

Seneca turned the tables early in the second half, but again, only producing near misses. But in the later stages of the half, Mauricio Chamale (Stouffville) took advantage of a goaltender miscue to tap home the easy goal for the Sting.

Mohawk finally broke the shutout in the dying stages of the match on a goal by third-year midfielder Matthew Kernick (Dundas). But Seneca held on for its third bronze medal in four seasons.

It is the 23 OCAA men’s soccer medal overall for Seneca, and fourth straight. The Sting won a silver medal in 2009.

Third-year midfielder Claudio Posca (Maple) was named player of the game for Seneca. First-year defender Joseph D’Eramo (St. Catharines) earned similar honours for Mohawk.