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November 15, 2011 > Renegades end season with a solid performance

Renegades end season with a solid performance

Submitted By Coach Jan Eric Nordmo

November 11
Ohlone -0; Foothill -0

Ohlone traveled to Foothill College with a long shot hope of a South Division -Coast Championship. For this to happen, Gavlin would have to put an end to Hartnell's march to a perfect season and Ohlone would need to defeat Foothill. Both scenarios seemed unlikely but the Renegades made a good run of it. In the end, Ohlone would scratch out a draw against the powerhouse Owls, second in regional play.

Still, this was good enough for a third place and a finish of 17 in conference, the best performance for Ohlone in several years. The game was filled with opportunities, but Foothill had the better looks until late in the second half when Ohlone mounted a more sustained press, forcing errors that gave the Renegades several opportunities. Before the press, keeper for the Renegades, Juan Martinez, came up big on several corner kick crosses, making punching saves. The Owls were denied time and time again in front of the Ohlone posts as Raul Chavez and crew, Josh Weinert and Silver Silva were not bending.

Defense kept both side's sheets clean. Greivin Pacheco Quesada and Dominic Hertz were denied opportunities as Foothill back end kept play off the Foothill goal, but a late foul in the box on Hertz looked to give a penalty shot and the final opportunity to Ohlone. The match official failed to make the call and allowed some fairly physical and open play. Both teams had important standing in the game, a win would tie Foothill for first place in the division and Ohlone's efforts were as much about pride as about getting a shot at the playoffs.

Outstanding play noted by Renegades Quesada, Jonathan Santillan, Hector Romero, David Kulhanek, Josh Weinert, and Martin Lopez. Lopez found several crossing opportunities that keeper Carl Carrwick managed away from the Owl's net.

Leading up to this game in the last five matches, Quesada and Hertz were a solid combination of success in goals and assists. Jeffery Wilson also scored two goals in the final games that helped push the team to what was a very successful conference play with an overall result of 8-7-6, conference result of 7-4-3 and divisional play of 2-1-1. Quesada is currently ranked No. 6 in state with 17 goals and 9 assists; Dominic Hertz rounds out in the top 25 with 10 goals and 5 assists.

"We came to the game with the idea that we could win." said Coach Nordmo, "We have been playing well these last several games, a win over a solid Gavlin side earlier this week, solid wins over Skyline (6-1) and Monterey Peninsula (2-1) the weeks previous gave us much needed confidence. We were only moments away from a win over City College San Francisco but suffered a 2-1 loss with a squandered penalty kick and two missed sitters. CCSF was a very good game for us against a strong side. Our only questionable performance was a draw at Las Positas, but even in that contest, we saw our strengths and were denied several great chances to get the win. We are pleased with our strong finish this year and feel that have put together a squad that will finish in the top half of the state, after been near bottom three years ago."

Nordmo commented "Considering the entire season, we played well consistently against all the top teams in the league. Our early challenges were more minor, than major issues. As we moved along in the season we gained good momentum and a good mental attitude. We managed our resources well, injury was not as much an issue for us this year; we have good depth and look forward to building this squad with incoming freshman for a run at the top spot next fall. A big thanks to our players that will be moving on: Taki Bejaoui, David Kulhanek, Edwin Pena, Jonathan Santillan and Joshua Weinert.

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