by ACAC Sports Writer Curtis J. Phillips
Last year NAIT Ooks' Kaily Mohn had 10 goals in nine Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) regular season women's soccer games.
The 5-foot-7 midfielder is on her way to another high-scoring campaign.
Last weekend she tallied seven goals in a pair of away games against the host Keyano Huskies to open the 2018-2019 ACAC schedule.
"It's a good feeling but I could not have done it without my teammates," said Mohn, who scored an Oklahoma Hat Trick (four goals) in only 62 minutes on the pitch Saturday while leading the Ooks to a 6-0 victory. She would follow the next day at Shell Place's SMS Equipment Stadium with three more goals before heading to the bench for the second half of a 12-0 blowout.
Mohn, 21, admits that she did not mind riding the pines, rather than staying on the pitch to pad her totals.
"I know we need to be fair with our playing time and get in the rookies and other players as well," said Mohn, a fourth year student/athlete enrolled in the Personal Fitness Trainer program. "To be honest, it was more exciting watching from the sidelines when the first-year players scored goals. We were all screaming,"
A 2017-2018 ACAC North All-Conference selection, Mohn first laced up the soccer cleats at the age of five and played on her first rep team in Grade 8.
Attending Edmonton's St Francis Xavier Soccer Academy, she was honoured with the Golden Ball Award for best player in both Grade 11 and Grade 12. She was also part of the Edmonton Strikers club that earned silver at the 2014 Youth Nationals.
Following high school graduation, she enrolled at Grant MacEwan where she played for the Griffins women's soccer side in U Sports.
"It was awesome," recalls Mohn, of her introduction to post-secondary education and sport in the role of student/athlete. "We had a really good team but in the last game of the regular season I tore my (right leg) ACL."
While rehabilitating from her injury, Mohn would return for another year of books at MacEwan in the sole function of student.
"It (not playing soccer) was really hard at the beginning. It took a year and eight months to get back into it. I was very motivated to get back into it.
"In a way it was a blessing in disguise as I wanted to get stronger. It made me realize how lucky I was that I could go back to play the sport I love."
Going back meant switching jerseys and leagues with her joining the ACAC NAIT Ooks in 2016-2017.
She would record seven goals and add seven assists during the regular season. Teammate Marissa Webb would also record seven goals. Top scorer for the Ooks that year was Kassy Jajczay with 16 goals.
The Ooks would secure their third ACAC women's soccer crown in a row with a 2-1 decision against the Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves.
A trip to the 2016-2017 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Women's Soccer Championships in Montreal, Quebec and hosted by College Ahuntsic, would find the Ooks finishing fourth.
The following year 2017-2018, the Ooks would finish fourth at the CCAA Women's Soccer Championships held in Halifax Nova Scotia and hosted by University of King's College.
Also for the second year in a row, at the national level, Mohn would be selected to the CCAA All Tournament All Star Team.
Quite an impressive resume for the young woman who one day "wants to become a cop."
Mohn explains: "It was in my mind when I was in Grade 12 that I wanted to be a cop one day. It is really of interest to me. I will try to make the city a better place."
Her father Kirby, a plumber by trade, also influenced her future career decision.
"My dad said he always wanted to be a cop and he never did it. He is really excited for me to pursue it though."