September 9, 2009 > Ohlone opens the fall season
Ohlone opens the fall season
By Jeff Weisinger
As the fall 2009 semester started for Ohlone College in Fremont, the Renegades sports programs began their seasons. Here's a recap of opening day at Ohlone.
The Renegades came out against Gavilan College last Tuesday, Sept. 1, ready to fight back from a 2-0 loss to West Hills back on August 28. Despite trailing 1-0 to Gavilan at halftime, Ohlone came back scoring three goals against the Rams to win their first game of the season 3-1, avoiding another losing streak to start the season.
"The game itself is very critical for us, as is the win," said Ohlone Men's Soccer Head Coach Jan Nordmo. "It was a really good game, and it was good to see them feel that confidence, and that confidence is critical for this team."
Gavilan struck first in the 20th minute off Victor Iracheta's goal to put the Rams up 1-0 midway through the first half.
The Rams seemed to have control of the game throughout the first half, however the Renegades fought back early in the second half, tying the game at 1-1 off Jarod Fluke's header from a Sean Randall throw-in in the 47th minute. Ohlone played the aggressor against the Rams in the second half, getting off shot after shot against the Gavilan defense, and scored twice more off goals from Edgar Moncaleano in the 69th and Jonathan Santillam in the 85th minute.
The Lady Renegades, on the other hand, were not able to pull off the comeback victory, falling 2-1 against defending state champion Sacramento City College in their opener in the second part of Tuesday's Men's/Women's soccer doubleheader.
"This is a work in progress, and I am very pleased with our first game," said Ohlone Head Coach Larry Heslin. Heslin is trying to recapture the magic that his team had last year when they made the playoffs for the first time since 2006.
Ohlone and Sac City were stuck in a midfield battle for the first 20 minutes, trading the occasional shot for shot, until the Lady Panthers broke through past the Ohlone backline, taking advantage of the Lady Renegade's bad positioning, and knocking the ball past Ohlone goalkeeper Shelby Tomasello to strike first, 1-0. Sac City would score 10 minutes later to go up 2-0 before the half off a header past Tomasello.
The Lady Renegades prevented the shutout as freshman Reanna Williams scored for Ohlone, cutting Sac City's lead to 2-1, however the comeback would fall short for the Lady Renegades who start the 2009 season at 0-1-0.
Lady Renegade's Head Coach Jeremy Penaflor seemed very optimistic about the 2009 season going into Wednesday's opener against American River College, however, his optimism only went so far as Ohlone was swept in three games by the Beavers, 25-20; 25-22; and 25-16.
"We played hard," Penaflor said after the game. "We were in it for most of the match."
The Lady Renegade's did play hard throughout each of the three games, however serving and position errors plagued Ohlone's chances at a 1-0 start of the season.
"It's only the first game, even though we lost it," said Lady Renegades libero Kimberly Lam. "At least we know what we need to work on."
American River and Ohlone traded the lead more than 10 times throughout the first two games, as both teams battled, trading spike for spike, however in the third and final game, the Lady Renegades could not fight back after trailing 12-5.
"[The third game] was pretty deflating," Penaflor commented. "I think after working so hard in the first two games and not getting the result they wanted, they were deflated."
The Lady Renegades started the 2008 season 2-2 in the first four matches before illness and injury led them to a 12-match losing streak to end the season. The 0-1 start isn't exactly what Penaflor, nor the team would want, but he's using it as a learning tool to go into the season.
"I'm glad [the errors] are happening now, because it's something we can alleviate when we get into conference play."