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October 7, 2011 > Ohlone men's soccer squad loses and settles for a draw

Ohlone men's soccer squad loses and settles for a draw

Submitted By Coach Jan Eric Nordmo

October 4
Week two of conference play saw Ohlone find a point in a draw at Canada, and fall to the mighty Evergreen at home. Ohlone's road trip was the best result at Canada in over four years. The Renegades were put down early as a quick break away in the opening minutes was not handled well on the hot fast turf in the hills of Redwood City. New starting keeper Juan Martinez was thrown under the bus in the open moments and Ohlone was down a goal. Greiven Pacheco Quesada, along with Martin Lopez and Jonathan Santillan helped mount a controlling attack and pressure was on the home side. Dominic Hertz is set up on a breakaway pass by Martin Lopez and expertly tucked the ball away to level the match ten minutes from half.

But another goal late in the half by Canada all but quashed Renegade hopes of dashing a string of losses at Canada. Half two opened with new hope as the men of Ohlone found the will and strength as they had in a previous game against Chabot to mount a string of solid attacks. Greivin Pacheco Quesada found the finishing touch from cross to again level the game at two a piece. A deserving win was not in the cards, however although a few more minutes may have produced a different result at the end of regulation time - Ohlone leveled the score and was hunting for more.

Disappointment came at the end of the week when Ohlone faced its southern rivals Evergreen. A stellar first half resulted in a dead draw, with Ohlone's best opportunity coming from a bicycle kick mounted by Quesada aka "Costa Rica," that had to be pushed over the bar by Alan De Queiroz the keeper for Evergreen. Ohlone's keeper Juan Martinez was top of this game in his third appearance for Ohlone with two diving outreaches keeping Evergreen at bay. Center back Raoul Chavez managed the defense with poise not seen at Ohlone's back line in years. Despite the solid effort, injury and fatigue caused an early break down in the second half of play and Ohlone would eventually fall to three goals in a thirteen minute period.

Ohlone @ Canada
Ohlone 2 - Canada 2

Evergreen @ Ohlone
Evergreen 3 - Ohlone 0

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