The Humber Hawks women’s soccer team improved to 2-0 as they cruised past the Mohawk Mountaineers 3-1 on Saturday afternoon in Ancaster.
Forward Angela Solarz scored twice for Humber and a late tally from Corinna Vanderchaaf saw the reigning OCAA champions pick up another three points on the road. Even though the Hawks weren’t at their best, they were dominant throughout the match at neutral-site Redeemer North Field.
Humber head coach Mauro Ongaro believes the game went well overall, but Humber failed to take advantage of their opportunities.
“In the first half they gave us a lot of opportunities and they were lucky we didn’t capitalize,” Ongaro said. “It ended up costing us as Mohawk grew in confidence and scored a great free kick.”
He thought the team reacted beautifully after the Mountaineers equalized.
“Our girls kept their heads up, we played our game, attacked, and were rewarded with two goals,” Ongaro said.
“We’re under no illusion that Humber had us under pressure throughout the whole game,” said Mohawk co-coach Michael Castellani.
Mohawk failed to dictate the game and found themselves defending deep for large portions of the match, which forced them to make multiple errors.
“Humber is a very disciplined team and they don’t make a lot of mistakes and that’s what we need to do in the future eliminate our mistakes,” Castellani said.
“We didn’t give up or lose our composure, we just pulled together as a team and got the job done,“ said Hawks striker Keyla Moreno, a fifth-year sports management student.
Moreno also hailed strike partner Solarz’s superb performance that included the game winner.
“Angela had a good game and it’s great to have her back,” Moreno said. “We definitely missed her last year.”
“Angela and I understand each other well, so playing with her makes it easier,” she said.
Moreno and Solarz have combined for six goals in two games this season, and hope to guide Humber to another OCAA championship this season.
Humber plays its next game on Wednesday against Redeemer.