October 2, 2012 > Men's Soccer: Ohlone stalemated in Napa
Men's Soccer: Ohlone stalemated in Napa
Submitted By Ohlone Soccer
The opening moments looked promising for the Renegades in their late Friday afternoon - September 14, 2012 - visit to Napa Valley College. Greivin Pacheco Quesada put himself in the Napa Storm penalty box early, opening three shots on goal in the first 5 minutes of the match. Keeper Ivan Contreras put a string of acrobatic dives that kept the Ohlone side from pasting one on the scoreboard. Centerback Fernando Marquez was instrumental in stifling the Ohlone offense and keeping the Renegades off the mark. Freshman Jorge Alcaraz was instrumental for the Renegades in putting the Ohlone side in scoring range, but neither Quesada nor partner striker Martin Lopez was able to sneak one by the Napa keeper. A pair of late first half free kicks by Quesada and Taylor Leidheisl seemed to give Ohlone the best chances for going up on the home side but a keeper save and wide miss would not be enough.
Second half Ohlone were fighting the wind, despite this a long range shot by Quesada was short and wide. The Napa side were not too shy of putting pressure on Ohlone but the resilient back line led by Raoul Chavez and anchored by Chase Brower remained up breakable. Ohlone shifted shape and added three strikers in the final 30 minutes of the match, keeping the Storm at bay, but the resolve of Napa was strong, and the most the Ohlone side could get was four close calls on corner kicks, one of which found the mark but as called back because of a foul. Although a clean sheet for keeper Beigarten of Ohlone and two unblemished games for the Ohlone back line along with a point on the road were not enough to satiate Renegades, it would have to do since the attack came up empty today.
"We played well enough to win" said Coach Nordmo, "but, in the end if you do not score goals, the win is not possible. We needed to be a little less selfish and a little more "we" attitude than "me" attitude. Regardless we are still off to the strongest start in three years and are looking good both in training and competition."