September 16, 2009 > Ohlone finds ways to rise and fall
Ohlone finds ways to rise and fall
By Idorenyin Uto-Uko
First year coach Jan Nordomo seems to finds ways to wind during the early season. The team is currently 2-1 and ranked #12 in the state; # 6 in Northern California by California Community College Soccer News.
Nordomo had his team ready this past week as they faced Monterey Peninsula (1-4-0). The team took advantage of MPC early. They jumped on the scored board when Charles Seymour would maneuver his way through a sea of MPC defenders and score in the first 30 minutes of the contest.
The Renegades defense would hold tight throughout the remainder of the first half. But they would continue to be a force on the offensive and defensive end as Matt Osterello would net a goal.
MPC would finally figure out a way to score on Ohlone's goalkeeper Foster Conty. It was only the fourth time this season Conty has been scored on.
Coming off a close 2-1 defeat to defending state champions Coach Larry Heslin's Renegades were looking get a win this week. "I think our women are up for the challenge," said Heslin. Challenge is exactly what Heslin's team received this during the week when they faced nonconference opponents Butte (2-1) and Modesto (3-1-0).
The team lost 1-0 to Butte in a nail biter on Tuesday. With no chance to fully recover they would lose again to Modesto 3-0 on Thursday, Sept. 10.
Both Modesto and Sac City play in Bay 8 League which is known as a strong or power league throughout the state. "We get a lot of power points playing a strong preseason. It should help us before league," said Heslin.
Though the Renegades have been won less this season, they still have some bright spots. Goalkeeper Shelby Tomasello has 21 saves on the year and had 10 against Modesto.
They Renegades were able to dig out a victory against four-year institution Mills College. The squad, fresh off a tough loss to American River, played Mills College (NCAA DIII NAIA) down to the wire in a 3-2 battle. Against American River, second-year Head Coach Jeremy Penaflor said, "We played hard."
That type of hard work showed up against Mills as Ohlone went (16-25, 25-25, 25-20, and 15-13)
Men's Water Polo
The Men's Water Polo team traveled to the Nyquist Invitational at West Valley College. Results for the meet were not available at the time of press. But, please check www.tricyvoice.com.sports for results of the meet.