Boys soccer: Mohawk victorious in homecoming

Staff Writer
Published: 9/11/2019 8:58:39 PM

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail boys soccer team couldn’t have dreamed of a better home opener. 

With the program not fielding a team in 2018 due to a number shortage, Mohawk took to its home field for the first time in nearly two years on Wednesday and defeated Pioneer, 3-0, in McGrath Division action. 

The Warriors fed off the energy of their home crowd, scoring all three goals in the first half.

“I asked these guys to bring it and work hard and they did that,” Mohawk head coach Nick Brown said. “Having them come out and put on a show like that, I’m at a loss of words. This is one of the biggest crowds we’ve had at a soccer game in years so for them to come out and see this, it’s special.”

Following a 10-goal outburst on Monday against St. Mary’s, the Warrior offense picked up where they left off, scoring in the sixth minute of Wednesday’s contest.

Mohawk sent a ball into the 18-yard box that Pioneer goalie Nate Cosme was unable to corral. With the ball free in the box, Tyler Dubreuil stepped in and sent it into the left side of the net to give the Warriors the early 1-0 lead. 

The Panthers amped up some pressure, but Mohawk capitalized on its aggressiveness in the 26th minute. 

Dubreuil got the ball down the left sideline, beating his defender and sending a cross through the box with his left foot — the best cross he says he’s ever had with his left foot — that landed perfectly on an open Oscar Cassin, who headed it into the net for the Warriors second goal. 

The third goal came just three minutes later, as a bouncing ball went through the box and met the foot of Jaime Colmenjaro, who smashed it into the goal to give Mohawk a 3-0 lead with 11 minutes to go in the first half. 

With no expectations on the revamped Warrior team, the players are using it as motivation, playing free and playing their game. That mentality has earned great results thus far.

“We’re coming in as underdogs,” Dubreuil said. “We have nothing to lose. We go at them hard early and use our speed to our advantage. Momentum is in our favor.”

In the second half, Mohawk packed in its defense, not allowing a strong Pioneer attack to put many attempts on net.

When they did, though, goalie Reuben Bassett was there to keep the Panthers off the scoreboard, making 15 saves to earn his first shutout win.

“That was one of the best defensive games we’ve played,” Brown said. “Overall, we managed to lock down. They played their hearts out and I couldn’t ask for anything more.” 

While Pioneer didn’t have its full arsenal of players, missing some to injury, coach Don Fraser has confidence his team will turn things around. At the same time, Fraser also appreciated what the Warrior program has been able to accomplish in a short amount of time.

“We actually figured some stuff out at the end of the game,” Fraser said. “It’s a new season, a young team. I’m actually really proud of Mohawk. I’m happy for them. If we’re going to lose a game, I’m glad it was to them. It’s good for their program, so good for them. It was a drag to have them out of the league last year, so if they get a win, it makes their program stronger. It’s good for us all around. We’ll figure it out, we’ll get it together.”

For players like Cassin and Dubreuil who were on the 2017 Mohawk team, getting to play on their home field again was special.

“It means the world being back here and playing games at Mohawk,” Cassin said. “It’s nice. It’s a great feeling. We’re just rolling through the games at this point. We’re here to win games, have fun.” 

In his first year as a head coach, Brown, who just graduated from college in the spring, has been able to get the most out of his unit thus far. 

Being young, he’s been able to hop into drills and be hands on with the team, a style they are taking a liking to. 

“He’s working us,” Cassin said of Brown. “He’s working us hard, he’s working us every day. It’s something we didn’t have a couple years ago. He works to our skills and abilities. We’re very thankful to have him out here.”

“Nick is a great, great coach,” Dubreuil added. “Probably the only coach we could have asked for at this point. He can get into the drills with us. It’s awesome. He’s one of us.”

The Warriors look to stay hot today, taking on Monument Mountain, while Pioneer looks to get back on track Friday against Granby.

Mohawk 3, Pioneer 0

Pioneer

0

0

0

Mohawk

3

0

3

Goals: (M) Dubreuil, Cassin, Colmenjaro.

Assists: (M) Dubreuil.

Saves: (P) Cosmer 4, Potter 4. (M) Bassett 15.




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