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Varsity Update - September 15, 2008

Women's Fastball

In a rematch of the 2007 OCAA Women's Fastball Gold Medal Championship, the Mohawk Mountaineers welcomed the Durham Lords to Hamilton in their 2008 OCAA league home opener at Mohawk Sports Park Thursday night (Sep. 11). Mohawk hoped there would be a reversal of fortune from last year's result where Durham won the Gold and the Mountaineers the Silver medal. However Durham swept Mohawk immediately putting Mohawk behind the pack in the 2008 OCAA race.

Durham's 9 - 2 game one win was the product of a stingy 5 hit effort by Lords' pitcher Karie Neddo who also chalked up 6 strikeouts. 2007 OCAA MVP Danielle Smith led the Lords at the plate with 3 hits and 2 RBI's as the middle of the Durham order roughed up Mohawk starter Nicole Todd and reliever Jessica Roloson for 13 hits. Erin Dewey scored 3 runs and Neddo and Jodi Lang added 2 RBI's each in the team effort. Ellie Hogg's 2 hits led what little Mohawk offense there was against Neddo.

In the nightcap, two of the OCAA's best hurlers matched up as 2007 MVP Danielle Smith locked up with Mohawk's Jenny (K) Koschanow. After battling to a 4-4 tie in regulation, Durham grabbed the lead for good in the eighth on a clutch 2 run single by Erin Dewey and held off Mohawk for a 7-5 win, Erin was a force for the Lords with 4 hits, 3 RBI's and 2 runs scored in the tilt while Shortstop Carolyn Moore chipped in 2 hits, an RBI and scored 3 times to give Smith the win. Samantha Tubman with 2 hits and 2 ribbies led Mohawk and Ellie Hogg had 2 hits and an RBI in a losing cause. Both Smith and Koschanow recorded 8 K's on the night, but Jenny K was erratic with more walks than Smith that eventually proved to be her undoing.

Men's and Women's Soccer

Mohawk's soccer teams opened their respective Ontario Colleges Athletic Association seasons with mixed results against the visiting Sheridan Bruins. The Mountaineer women led 2-1, but settled for a 2-2 draw while the men lost 4-1 to the Oakville side on a soggy afternoon at Mohawk Sports Park Friday (Sep. 12).

Katie Kiely, playing in her first OCAA match, scored both goals for the hometown women, late in the first half, to erase a 1-0 Bruins' lead. Kiely took a couple of stabs at the ball off a corner kick and banked it in off a Sheridan defender for her first marker. On her second goal, the left-footed product of Hamilton St. Mary's scored from 18 yards with her right foot. She admitted she did better than she expected and the fact she led her team to a point in the standings was "icing on the cake." Mountaineers' head coach Renzo Castellani said Kiely's work ethic is unbelievable. "She really goes for the ball. She doesn't wait for anything. We have about five rookies like that. They're just wanting to play." Fiona Sinanan and Emily Zvagulis with the 63rd minute equalizer, were the Sheridan goal-getters.

Meanwhile, Eric Van Beveren, the rookie product of Hamilton District Christian High School, got the lone goal for the Mountaineers in the men's game. Mohawk's head coach felt his squad was a little nervous. "That's not to take anything away from Sheridan, said Richard Bennett. "We'll get better, but they (his players) were a bit nervous today. We started off a little bit slow and players are still sorting out what to do in certain situations. But we made some mistakes and it cost us." Two second half goals by Stephen Lumley salted the game away for the Bruins, who also got singles from Emem Eyo and AJ Gray.