Article, 2009 Season - Ohlone College Renegades Men's Soccer

Ohlone has a successful week in soccer: Men's Soccer

By Idorenyin Uto-Uko.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009—Reprinted from Tri-City Voice.

Both Ohlone men's and women's soccer teams found a way to be successful during the week. The women were able to eek out their first win of the young season and men were able to pitch a shutout while on the road.

Men's soccer had a interesting week as they played two road games against Merritt and Mission College.

"Merritt has a fast turf field and we practice on natural grass," said Ohlone Head Coach Jan Nordmo. The turf initially did not affect Ohlone as they would score in the 28th minute of the first half.

Ohlone's Joel Higgins would net a goal on the right side off an assist from a missed clearance from Dustin Richards to make the score 1-0

Merritt's Paul Bani leveled the score with a goal from the middle of the field and changed the momentum before the end of the half.

During the second half Ohlone looked sluggish. They failed to capitalize on penalty box opportunities by Joel Higgins and Pierre Bruggeman.

The two missed penalty opportunities each lead to goals late in the second half by Juan Sanchez as they would end the game with a 3-1 loss.

"During the Merritt game we were dropping a lot of passes, but were able to come together against Mission," said Nordmo.

Come together is exactly what the Renegades did on Friday, Sept. 18, against the Saints from Mission College. Ohlone was able to redeem themselves in a 5-0 shutout victory against Mission at the Santa Clara Soccer Park.

They would jump into the game in a quick and dramatic fashion as freshman George Mayer would score on an assist from Dustin Richards in the 12th minute. It would be the first of two goals for Mayer in the game. Sophomore Daniel Galloway, who usually plays keeper, would not let his freshman teammate have all the fun scoring goals.

Nordmo placed Galloway at center field for the first time of the season. The move proved to be noteworthy as he was able to hang with Mission's front line. Galloway scored two goals during the first half: one during the 16th minute off a cross from Mayer; the other in the 40th minute off a Sean Randall long throw-in.

The host Saints managed to put up a good fight during the half. Mission's goalkeeper Iman Aghel came up with a couple of saves with the help of teammate Salie Sossouadouno.

In the second half Randall would receive some help from another freshman Jarod Fluke. Fluke would assist in Galloway's third goal of the match off a near crossing ball executed nearly perfectly.

Even though Ohlone would end the games with a 5-0 victory Nordmo knows the team still has some things that it needs to work on.

"We are trying to work on a new philosophy," said Nordmo, "and it worked Mission."

Last year the men's soccer team was 3-15-3. This year the team has already equaled last year's win total (3-2).

"We felt if we can win half the games we lost last year plus our win total that we would win 11 games and be in a good position," commented Nordmo.

Nordmo's team is in good position as they square off against Skyline in their first Coast Conference game this Thursday, Sept. 24, at 3 p.m. at Ohlone.

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