The ball was flying into the nets in both the men’s and women’s OCAA soccer games, as the Mohawk Mountaineers whipped the Lambton Lions of Sarnia Saturday (Oct. 1) at Mohawk Sports Park.
The Mohawk women squared their mark at 2-2 with their second victory of the weekend, 12-1 over the visitors. Ashley Hagen scored five times for the Mountaineers, Michelle Littler had two, while Shelby Dawdy, Jaclyn Halliday, Melanie Wong, Nicole Douwes and Nicole Roberts, normally a goalkeeper, scored singles. Roberts was sent in for several minutes as an outfield player and she picked the corner with a perfectly placed shot. Sarah Bennett got the lone Lambton marker.
Mohawk co-head coach Renzo Castellani said even though the score was one sided there were other positives to come out of the game. “The team got a chance to move around without the ball, said Castellani. “In soccer it’s important to move into space and today we did that very well.” The coach noted the day before when his team blanked St. Clair 2-0, there were long stretches where they couldn’t buy a goal, but in this contest it seemed every shot was going in, even when they moved defenders up front.
Mohawk’s next game is Tuesday (Oct. 4) when Niagara visits Mohawk Sports Park for a 5:00 pm start.
Like the women, the Mohawk men will take a two game win streak into Tuesday’s home game with Niagara at the same kickoff time.
The Mountaineers blitzed Lambton 7-1. Adam Petrina and Matthew Kernick fired two goals apiece, with singles to Scott MacLeod, Alex Pereira and Momcilo Veljko.
Anthony Staranges scored for the Lions on a penalty kick.
Mountaineers head coach Richard Bennett was pleased with his team’s performance, noting the players looked confident. But once again he saw his side play a strong first half, then not be as sharp after the break. “Again, we seem to play the first half the way we want to, said the coach. “Then the second half we’re up 3-0 and they seem to relax a bit. Then the penalty kick. Then somehow they seem to wake up again. That’s the story of the season so far.”