Match in a Sentence
The Humber women’s varsity soccer team continued their unbeaten run as they cruised by the Mohawk Mountaineers, in what was a comfortable performance at Redeemer soccer facility Saturday afternoon.
- Mohawk decided to line up in a very open 4-4-2 after successfully starting their campaign with a 6-0 win away to Niagara.
- Defending OCAA champions Humber won 6-1 midweek at Conestoga and opted to line up in a narrow 4-2-3-1.
- The first 20 minutes were quite cagey as both teams were battling for possession, but the lack of misplaced passes failed to see either side gain control of the game.
- It took 25 minutes, but Humber finally produced a moment of individual brilliance as striker Angela Solarz shot from 25 yards out flew into the top left corner.
- Although Humber was on top going into half time, they were quite poor going forward. Their buildup was slow, they lacked width expected from their fullbacks, and lacked cohesion going forward.
- Mohawk going into the half were quite fortunate to only be down a goal as Humber squandered multiple chances in front of goal. They were second best to every ball, their decision-making was poor, and they provided little to nothing going forward.
- Humber came out in the second half dominant. They controlled most of the possession, their build up was much better but they were still dismal in the final third.
- Humber’s 4-2-3-1 saw them dominate Mohawks two centre midfielders as the three behind the striker would help support the two holding midfielders. This led to the Mohawk centre midfielders with no options and they constantly played misplaced passes or lost possession in the middle of the park. The right and left attack midfielders stayed quite central as it allowed their full backs space to advance forward. Going forward it was quite narrow and Humber kept attacking through the middle, but they were at their best when they pushed the ball out into wide areas. The last 20 minutes of the game is where the tempo picked up as Mohawk searched for a goal. Mohawk were awarded a mysterious free kick when their striker was denied on a breakaway when she collided with Humber goalkeeper Katerina Conde. It was supposed to be a free kick for Humber as Conde was fouled, but surprisingly Mohawk were awarded a free kick at the edge of the Humber 18 yard box.
- Mohawk made the most of the set piece as Kaitlynn Staniuk converted a brilliant free kick from about 25 yards out past Katerina Conde. Conde had no chance, and just like that Mohawk who created little to nothing from open play had equalized.
- The goal awoke Humber as they scored two scrappy goals in the final 15 minutes courtesy of Angela Solarz & Corinna Vanderchaaf. The goals were a result of poor defending from the Mountaineers who on the day were second best for majority of the match.
- Overall Mohawk weren’t great today but they were resilient and nearly nicked a point against the reigning OCAA champions. They were quite open in the first half, but were better in in the second half. They communicated more and were much more compact unfortunately Humber picked up the tempo as well. The 4-4-2 didn’t suit them against a superior Humber side as they way far to open and were dominated in the middle of the park. Once Humber began to advance their full backs they became stretched and were forced to defend deeper, which didn’t suit their attempt to hit on the counter as their strikers were unable to hold up the ball and lacked support. This was certainly a wake up call to this competitive Mohawk side, and I expect them to learn from this and only get stronger as the season progresses.
- Humber are still unbeaten after two road wins, and their coaches will be more than happy with the start to the season. Today, like Mohawk, they were average in the first half but were far superior in the second. They dominated the middle of the park for majority of the game but their main problem was finishing. At times their buildup was quite slow and it allowed the Mohawk defenders to get back into position when they penetrated through the middle. Once the balls were spread out to the advancing fullbacks Humber were able to find more space to play their short intricate passes and that was when they were at their best. Albeit not being at their best, Humber was impressive and that should worry many teams in the OCAA.
Man of the Match
- Humber striker Angela Solarz was fantastic today. She was lively up front and caused the Mohawk backline nightmares with every darting run and touch of the ball. Solarz scored a brace that boosts her season tally to three goals in two games.