September 6, 2011 > Ohlone comes back to tie Napa College
Ohlone comes back to tie Napa College
Non-Conference at Ohlone
Napa 1 - Ohlone 1
David Kulanek looked to open Ohlone scoring in the first five minutes of the game as his point blank shot hit the post and rebounded into a mad flurry at the left post, but Napa found the tap to knock the threat away. Ohlone were more composed in the first half and found opportunities from Jose Miramontes' right flank crosses, but the Renegades could not locate the finishing button.
Napa's back Justin Auvinen kept the Ohlone forwards at bay coming up big with two blocked shots in the first half. Ohlone's keeper Cesar Olivas was only called upon twice to keep direct shots from the net in the first half. The game was dead even after the first forty-five minutes.
Into the second half neither team changed shape, but a mid-half goal by Napa put more life into the match. The goal developed after a quick counter attack by Napa resulted in Pablo Leon knocking the header to put Napa up one nil when a negative ball from the goal line by right wing David Zentano found Leon open at the six. Keeper Cesar Olivas could not find the ball until it was in the net. Ohlone's back line only looked suspect a couple of times, but this one was costly.
An urgent press was on by Ohlone, now featuring three forwards. A score of set pieces and corner kicks nearly put two more points on the board for the Renegades, but wide shots only found the fence line. Ohlone looked more dangerous in the attacking third and chance was looking to favor the home side.
A challenge late in the game put Napa on its heels when Ohlone's Greivin Pacheco Quesada was tripped up in the box giving Ohlone the penalty kick. Daniel Gonzales expertly lasered the finish to the upper right net for the equalizer. Despite Ohlone pressure, Napa held on for the draw.
"The back line is still raw, but we are seeing improvements," said Coach Nordmo and added, "Our system is coming together, fewer breakdowns in the back, more creativity in the front. With a few more test games ahead, we hope to iron out our wrinkles and be prepared for conference play in a couple of weeks." Coach Nordmo praised the play of Luis Chaves, Dominic Hertz and Jose Miramontes.
Next game: Ohlone will host College of Marin on Tuesday, Sept 6 at 4 p.m.