October 29, 2008 > Ohlone Men's soccer achieve state honor and team success
Ohlone Men's soccer achieve state honor and team success
By Idorenyin Uto-Uko
Partick Lee has been one of the bright spots for the Renegades soccer team of Ohlone College (1-14-0); and he was recognized by the California Community College Athletic Commission (CCCAC) as an honorable mention All-State athlete for the month of October.
Over 16,000 athletes were nominated by their coaches in their respective sports for the honor.
"Lee is a very determined and hard working athlete. He is not a vocal leader, but he leads his teams by being extremely intelligent and having the best technique being quick off the dribble," said Ohlone men's coach Don Williams. "This makes him an excellent example."
Lee's defensive skills really showed up last Friday night as he and his teammates got their first win of season in a 3-0 shutout at Mission College.
The Renegades were on the attack throughout the entire game. They dominated Mission College offensively with quick kicks and precision passing. Coach Williams was very confident that his team would do well against Mission, saying: "My pre-game advice was to play the way we have been training."
Two of the players that took coach Williams' advice of playing the way they train were former James Logan High standouts Danny Zamenio and Ivan Espinozo, who each had a goal in the first half.
The second half had excellent passing by the Renegades as Cher Yang connected with Daniel Galloway for a shot that went over the left-side of the crossbar and eventually fell through the net. The goal would round out the scoring for Ohlone.
The elated first year coach is ecstatic with his team's play this season.
"We are planning a lot better soccer than we did in the past," said Williams. "Teams that beat us handedly last year are finding it tougher to beat us this year."
Williams has high hopes for his Ohlone men's soccer team, who will have seven more athletes that will be ready to transfer on to four year colleges at the end of the season. Some of those key players on this years team are Patrick Lee, Darrin Eng, Wayne Jin, Inayat Nasi, Shawn Powers and Jamal Hehdl.
"It's about getting our athletes to play at the next level," said Williams, "both academically and athletically."