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September 18, 2012 > Ohlone Men's Soccer earns draw against Marin

Ohlone Men's Soccer earns draw against Marin

Submitted By Jan Eric Nordmo

The Ohlone Renegades took an early lead against the Marin Mariners on Tuesday afternoon, September 4, when sophomore Greivin Pacheco Quesada found Martin Lopez on the break. The perfectly slotted ball caught Lopez at full stride as he beat the Mariners' back line, and keeper Brunet for Marin could do nothing but come out to see Lopez neatly tuck the ball into the right side of the goal. This goal looked to be one of many for Ohlone, as they marched through the field and controlled much of the game.

Taylor Leidheist sought to add another goal midway through the half with a 35-yard shot off a direct free kick that hit the cross bar and ricocheted out of the goal area. Ohlone's possession has certainly improved, but still only a draw and single point could be taken away. Marin was able to capture the equalizer on a late minute direct free kick that bounced off the Ohlone wall and was knocked in the net by the Mariners Michael Carvalho past keeper Michael Beigarten. Up to this point Beigarten was near flawless in his on field performance.

Although Raoul Chavez and the back line held Marin back for almost the whole game, Beigarten did come up big with an early first half save on a near point blank shot by Bengy Ruiz, giving Ohlone more confidence in its defensive third. In the second half, Quesada was unable to put the game out of reach on three one-on-one breakaways with the Marin keeper, as he came up empty on each of them.

Coach Nordmo praised the play of sophomores Hector Romero and Chase Brower, as well as new freshmen Jose Rodriguez and Jorge Alcaraz, who anchored the back and midfield.

Ohlone: Overall (0-1-1) Conference (0-0-0) Division (0-0-0)

Next opponent: Tuesday (9/11) vs. Shasta at 2 p.m. at Central Park, Fremont

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