King of the Hill

Written By: Peter Reid

Another home game for the Redeemer men’s soccer team and a few more points to add to their total. The Royals kept their undefeated home record intact with a dramatic 3-2 win over their Hamilton neighbour, Mohawk College.

The Royals (2-2-1 OCAA) came from 2-0 down with three unanswered goals on September 27 as the team continues to grow in confidence. There never seems to be a dull moment for the Redeemer men's team this season, and Head Coach Kyle Grootenboer thinks that the team is just getting going. “We are starting to gel and make better decisions,” commented Grootenboer. “We are happy with the win today, but even more excited that we haven't reached our full potential yet.”

Josh Elgeti continued his impressive start to the 2014 season with a brace against the Mountaineers, scoring in the 19th and 60th minute. Lewis Tuininga also scored for the Royals in the 23rd minute, and he now has goals in consecutive games.

The game saw four goals take place within the span of just 13 minutes as Mohawk opened the scoring in the 10th minute (Mark Sannzzaros) before following it up a minute later with a goal from Kevin Melo.

“We had a very shaky start to the game and it took us a bit to get settled and play our way,” said Grootenboer. “Mohawk is a good team with plenty of skill, and they punished us early. It was a huge win for us today to be able to come from behind.”

The win puts the Royals in 4th place in the OCAA West Division behind Humber, Sheridan, and St. Clair. Redeemer currently sits in the driver’s seat in regards to clinching a playoff spot, and their season will come down to this weekend when they travel to St. Clair and Lambton.

The women’s Royals team saw an early goal against result in a 1-0 loss at home against Mohawk in their match. A 4th minute goal from Michele DiDionsio gave the visiting side the lead and proved to be the difference in a tight match where the Royals outshot Mohawk 7-5.

Redeemer has struggled early in their matches, conceding a goal within the first 12 minutes of the match in 4 of their 5 games. The one match that the Royals held off their opponent from scoring early, they won.

The Lady Royals’ season will come down to the upcoming weekend at St. Clair and Lambton as they will be searching for 2 wins to put themselves back in contention for a playoff spot.

With the win, the Mountaineers leapfrogged the Royals into 6th place while Redeemer moves out of a playoff spot and into 7th.