The Mohawk men and women each scored important victories over Mountain rivals Redeemer in OCAA soccer at Mohawk Sports Park on Thursday (Oct. 13).
The Mountaineer men got first half goals from Abdullah Abdullah and Matthew Kernick in a 2-1 win over the Royals. Jordan Devries got a late goal for Redeemer.
Mohawk head coach Richard Bennett said the team feels good about the game. “(Redeemer’s) a good team to play. I told our players in the dressing room the importance of this game, that we basically had to win to keep our playoff hopes alive. Give Redeemer credit, said Bennett. “They came out and pressured us from the start. They even had a goal called back on an offside. But I was confident we’d win.”
Mohawk improved to 3-2-2. Redeemer dropped to 2-4.
The Mohawk women shaded Redeemer 2-1. Stephanie Brunett and Ashley Hagen scored for the Mountaineers. Hagen, the OCAA’s overall scoring leader, now has 11 goals and is on a four game scoring streak. “Ashley could have had one or two more,” said Mohawk co-head coach Renzo Castellani. Hagen also hit the crossbar late in the game. The first goal by Brunett was a beauty on a free kick from the top of the penalty area.”I know she can curve the ball. She does it in practice, one after another, so that’s why I called on Stephanie to take the free kick,” said Castellani”
The coach said Redeemer didn’t have many shots, but their goal (by Leesha DeWeerd) was a beautiful shot his goalie couldn’t do anything about.
Mohawk’s record is now 4-3. Redeemer slipped to 3-3.