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

This Mayer has his hands all over Ohlone's men's soccer renewal

By Matt Schwab.

Saturday, October 24, 2009—Reprinted from Inside Bay Area.

Why is the Ohlone College men's soccer team so improved this season?

Perhaps it's the new Mayer in town.

Freshman George Mayer II, who wowed 'em at Amador Valley High with his menacing 20-yard throw-ins and scoring panache as an outside midfielder, has helped put a hop back in Ohlone's step. He scored two more goals in a 2-0 win over host De Anza on Friday, pushing the surprising Renegades to 10-4 overall and 6-2 in the Coast Conference. Ohlone is one year removed from a 15-loss season, and first year head coach Jan Nordmo said the men's program has been down since the mid-1990s.

Nordmo also coaches the Los Gatos High girls varsity squad in the winter, and an Alpine FC club team in Portola Valley-Woodside. If that weren't enough, he also owns Off The Wall Soccer indoor arenas in Santa Clara and Chico.

Mayer, who has been moved from attacking midfielder to right outside forward, has formed a lethal scoring combination with sophomore Daniel Galloway (Irvington), a converted goalkeeper. Mayer entered last week ranked third in the state in scoring with 10 goals and 12 assists for 32 points, according to California Community College Soccer News. Galloway (10, 1, 21 points) was tied for 17th. It is the first time since 2000 that Ohlone has had two players on the scoring list.

Ohlone sophomore goalie Iman Aghel, from Mashhad, Iran, is ranked 18th in state in goals-allowed per game, at 1.1765. Las Positas' keeper Garrett Clark (Granada) is 30th (1.7616).

Moreover, Mayer and freshman left back Sean Randall (Washington) are both tormenting opposing defenses with long throw-ins into the goalmouth, creating several scoring opportunities in which the ball goes off an opponent or an Ohlone player into harm's way.

Amador Valley coach Ken Villegas is not surprised by Mayer's success in junior college. He raves of Mayer's feel for the game, dedication, and team-first approach. Villegas said he's been meaning to call the soccer-passionate Mayer family and congratulate them on his success.

"Knowing George, he's very determined to succeed at the college level," Villegas said. "I think the future for him is endless. I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up playing Division I one day, and who knows, maybe even professionally."

Mayer said his zest for soccer began when he was a little kid trying to keep up with his three bigger, faster, and older sisters—Beverly, Valerie and Stephanie, on the practice field. The girls were all coached by their dad, and little George got to tag along. Valerie went on to play at Oregon, graduating three years ago.

"Her playing at Oregon really showed me that I can make it somewhere in soccer," Mayer said. Nordmo woudn't argue the point.

"He's very respected by his teammates in everything he says and does," Nordmo said. "In many ways he's the perfect player for a coach."

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