Team News, 2010 Season - Ohlone Renegades Men's Soccer
Season Summary: 2010 Men's Soccer
Thursday, November 18, 2010.
Overall the Ohlone men’s soccer season showed continued improvement despite a slide at the last four games where the Renegades could not regain their footing.
The losses started at the feet of Cañada College where a solid first half saw both teams in a dead even draw, but a late goal in the first half and a early goal at the start of half two put the Renegades in a come from behind position. It was something the team had successfully overcame in early games against Las Positas and Monterey, but with injury and illness biting the team’s reserves the task was too much.
The same scenario would be played out against divisional opponents Hartnell and DeAnza, where a solid half of play against quality opponents resulted in disappointing losses that put the mental toughness of the team against the ropes.
Cabrillo would be the final loss of the season dropping what looked to be a successful season at the start and turned down to an 8-11-2 finish overall.
The final record is not the story of the team, however, the Renegade program has already put 19 wins in the past two years, topping the total wins of 18 in the previous six seasons combined. The squad were only a game away from play offs in 2009.
“Last year we caught teams off guard and were very competitive” said Coach Nordmo, “This year teams were expecting us. Overall we had better players and our results were close to last year’s. Yes, we are disappointed this year because our expectations were much higher, but this result last year would have been a pleasant surprise. We raised the bar last year and we wanted more, so there is a small disappointment there.”
This year’s squad was nearly twice as large as the team two years ago and certainly the program is more competitive - this year’s team had only six sophomores on the field with 21 freshman playing.
Several promising players established themselves very well on the field. Carlos Contreras, forward, proved to be dangerous with 8 goals and 1 assist. Carlos Zarate was a stable force in the midfield and very technically gifted. A freshman Captain David “Germany” Kulhanek has a solid presence on the field and is a force that Ohlone needs on the field next year. Additionally goalkeeper Elmer Ceja is expected to develop very well for next year.
These players together with the graduating Sophomores and other Freshman gave the Renegades a much deeper bench than years past. “We believe our team is poised to upset the conference next year and we look forward to the incoming freshman class that will be led by a very deep veteran squad next year.” said Nordmo.
Despite the rough finish and being in a very strong South Division, Ohlone were still recognized by the (14) other teams in the conference.
Sophomore George Mayer II was awarded MVP Forward for the South Division.
Additionally, Coach Jan Eric Nordmo was again named “Coach of the Year”. This accolade he shares with assistants, Nate Failing, “Butch” McGrew, and Craig Surgey.
Nicholas Sanchez –Torres (3 goals, 3 assists), Eric Underwood (GK), Francis Phril, Sean Randall and Dustin Richards all graduating sophomores share in the success and were certainly part of the reason that fellow sophomores.
Captains Jose “Danny” Ulloa and George Mayer II (13 goals, 5 assists) were named 1st Team All Conference players.
Additionally, sophomore Jarod Fluke (6 goals, 2 assists) was named 2nd Team All Conference.
A freshman, Carlos Contreras was also named 2nd Team All Conference player.
Mayer finished ranked 16 in the state for field player stats, last year he was no. 7 in the finish.
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