Team News, 2008 Season - Ohlone College Renegades Men's Soccer
Ohlone Men’s Soccer Improves vs Cañada
Friday, August 29, 2008.
Redwood City, CA - Ohlone men’s traveled to Cañada College to take on the Colts and made an improvement on last year’s results. Last season Ohlone lost to the Colts 6-1 and 10-1. Friday the Renegades men’s soccer team held Cañada to nil-nil at halftime and ended up losing 6-2.
Ohlone traveled to Redwood City with only 13 healthy players and with temperatures on the artificial turf topping out at over 120 degrees this was always going to be a challenge for the depleted squad. The temperature and lack of substitutes eventually took its toll on the Ohlone men and they could not stave off a healthy Colts offense any longer.
The Renegades found themselves down 4-0 within the first 20 minutes of the second half before Sophomore Patrick Lee (Fremont, CA / Mission San Jose High) struck for Ohlone’s first tally of the season. Lee latched on to a long free kick from midfield by Scott Hamilton (Fremont, CA / Irvington High).
The Colts struck back for 2 more but the Renegades refused to give in. Freshman Nick Sanchez (Redwood City, CA / Capuchino High School) received a pass from Lee and dribbled across the goal mouth then turned and curled in a shot over the Cañada keeper’s head toward the far post for his first goal of the season. Unfortunately the consolation second goal came too little too late and the whistle immediately sounded the end of the match.
Ohlone keeper Iman Aghel (Iran, Allameh High School) valiantly made save after save for the Renegades and tallied 17 saves in all on the day.
While the loss was disappointing, considering the depleted Renegades squad and the soaring temperatures first year coach Don Williams said that he was proud of his men. “Considering the fact that last year’s squad was only able to put in one goal against these guys, and the fact that we were knackered by the heat, my guys did not give up.” “If there is one thing that my teams are known for is that no matter what the score line is we will never give up and we will always play with class and respect for our opponents”. “In my 12 years of coaching college soccer I have never had a squad that I was more proud of than this one I saw out there on Friday.”
The men look to improve every game and look forward to playing Delta College at home on Tuesday.
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