Team News, 2008 Season - Ohlone College Renegades Men's Soccer
Lee and Aghel Help Ohlone End Season Strong
Friday, November 14, 2008.
San Bruno, CA – Ohlone men’s traveled to San Bruno Friday to take on the perennial playoff contender Skyline Trojans and battled to a 1 – 1 draw.
When looking at this match Ohlone should have been intimidated. Why? Consider these facts: Skyline has been a playoff team 2 of the last 4 seasons. Skyline has beaten Ohlone 6 times in the past 4 years and outscored the Renegades 23 – 5. Skyline is always one of the top conference sides and Ohlone was 0 for their first 15 matches this year. Someone forgot to tell Ohlone the facts.
Ohlone’s Daniel Zermino (Union City, Ca James Logan high) opened the first 3 minutes of the match with 2 shots, the second sent the Trojans keeper diving to his left to tip the ball around the post, Ohlone served notice that history was not going to repeat itself today.
Half time found the score knotted at zero with neither side taking a decided advantage. It did not take long however for Skyline to change the score line. 10 minutes into the second half Ohlone had a communication breakdown in the back and the Trojans fired a shot home from 15 yards out past Ohlone’s keeper Iman Aghel (Mashad, Iran Allamah High School), who had 9 saves on the day, into the lower left hand corner of the goal for a 1 – 0 lead.
The Renegades poured it on during the remainder of the second half forcing the Skyline keeper into save after save, only to have the Trojans come back down the field time after time and fire away at the Ohlone net. The second half was like a prize fight with each team trading blow after blow only to have each keeper come up with save after save. As the match wore on it looked as if the Renegades were going to have to settle for another loss but with 1 minute on the clock Ohlone was awarded a free kick just outside of the Trojan’s penalty box. Patrick Lee (Fremont, CA Mission San Jose High) stepped up to take the free kick and while the Trojans were busy organizing their defense Lee took advantage of the confusion to quickly take the kick and slot the ball home for his 3rd goal of the season.
“This was a great way to end our season today, when you consider how well we played against a very strong opponent today and how far we have come from where we were at the beginning of the season, I have nothing to complain about. I am very proud of our men, they learned a lot, showed outstanding character and growth this year.” Said Ohlone first year coach Don Williams.
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