Men’s soccer’s chances to repeat in doubt due to game results

by | Oct 29, 2019 | Sports, Varsity

John Grant, Sports Reporter

The Hawks men’s soccer team left the field in despair as they dropped a 2-0 lead and settle for a tie after being unable to stem a second-half resurgence of the Mohawk Mountaineers.

Midfielder Aziah Reid running with the ball to avoid Mohawk’s midfield Abdullahi Alayaki’s defense challenge. (John Grant)

The team started strong in the Wednesday game as they clicked on all levels in the first half, from their passing to their dribbling, to their shooting. The Hawks were in sync.

Rookie forward Uday Arora started the game off with a sublime dribble down the wing to find Leaford Allen to open up the scoreline.

Allen scored two goals in the first half that ended his two-game goal drought.

However, this was a game of two halves because the lead was blown in dramatic fashion.

Allan missed a penalty early into the second half, which could’ve added on to their lead.

Moreover, second-half substitutions for Allen and Hawks captain Michael Fayehun seemed not to give the team the spark it needed.

Mohawk players found their confidence soon after they scored their first goal.

For Mohawk this was a comeback of dreams. They never kept their heads down as they weathered the storm of Humber to come out with a point.

Arora was stunned with how things changed and thinks this team needs to improve.

“Just a lack of effort in the final 20 minutes, we switched off at the wrong time,” he said.

He still believes in this squad but the challenge is to remain completely focused.

“If we stay on for 90 minutes, and we take our chances, we’ll be fine because I believe in the talent in this room,” Arora said.

The creative vision of midfielder Federico Leal was missing against Mohawk due to a suspension.

Fayehun’s is optimistic the Hawks will turn things around and get to playing how they were in their first six games.

“This is what builds the character of every championship team,” Fayehun said. “You have to go through difficult moments, which we are going through right now.”

The team’s character needs to be built by Oct. 19 when the Hawks play the George Brown Huskies.

If they lose that game, they are out, meaning they won’t have a chance to be back-to-back champs.