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September 30, 2009 > Ohlone sports roundup

Ohlone sports roundup

By Gary van den Heuvel

Men's Soccer:
Ohlone College men's soccer team, with one personnel move by coach Jan Nordmo, has found a simple formula which has led to three straight wins and could have far-reaching implications this season: take sophomore Daniel Galloway out of the goal box, put him at forward, and let the goals come in bunches.

It's a simple formula - and it's been working. Following Galloway's smashing debut on offense - a hat trick against Mission College - two weeks ago, Galloway scored three goals in Ohlone's two home wins last week against Napa Valley (3-1), and Skyline (2-1).

Galloway's first goal in the Tuesday, Sept. 22, win over Napa came in the 13th minute, when freshman forward George Mayer II intercepted a goal kick from Napa's keeper, then passed left to Galloway, who converted the pass into an Ohlone score.

The game was tied 1-1 when Cezar Ramirez won a one-on-one battle with Renegades goalie Iman Aghel in the 23rd minute. The game remained tied until early in the second half when Mayer, after a long pass from Isac Ulloa, passed to Jared Fluke and Fluke put the ball into the net for a 2-1 lead. Mayer picked up his third assist when he again connected Fluke for a goal.

The Renegades' Friday, Sept. 25, afternoon game against Skyline (San Bruno) under a blazing sun carried with it the extra importance of being their first Coast Conference South Division league match. And their 2-1 win over the Trojans was exciting, physical, but costly. Defender Isac Ulloa, who was having what Coach Nordmo called a "stunning performance," suffered an ankle injury when he was tackled near the Ohlone goal in the second half. The injury was later confirmed to be a broken leg.

After a scoreless first half, Galloway capitalized on a rebound off the top goalpost and popped the ball in for a 1-0 Renegades advantage. Twelve minutes later, Skyline's William Sardinah fired an absolute laser from 20 yards out, over the outreached hands of the leaping Aghel.

The game looked to be heading for overtime, but the Mayer-Galloway connection struck again with six minutes left in regulation on a Mayer throw-in and a Galloway header, past the reach of the Skyline keeper.

It was Galloway's sixth goal of the past three games. Ohlone ended the week with a 5-2 record, 1-0 in the South Division.

Women's Volleyball:
Lady Renegades' volleyball evened their record at 2-2 with a Friday night, Sept. 25, home win over the West Hills Falcons.

Coach Jeremy Penaflor's squad dominated the first game 25-8 and pulled off a 25-20 win in the second on the strength of Jayme Leftridge's imposing net presence and the service consistency of Stephanie Cao and Rachel Miramontez.

West Hills stayed alive with an inspired performance in Game 3, as Ohlone appeared more tentative and uncertain than they had in the first two games, losing 25-14. But the Lady Renegades reclaimed the winning formula in the fourth game, running off 11 straight points (10 of them on Leftridge's serve) to take a 12-2 lead. They coasted to a 25-11 win and a 3-1 victory in the match.

Women's Soccer:
Ohlone's women's soccer team improved to 2-4-1 overall, and started their conference schedule with a 3-1 road win over Hartnell College in Salinas. Summer Winters proved to be the girl for all seasons, as she scored all three goals on the first day of Fall (September 22). Reanna Williams and Chloe Blancas contributed assists.

"We had some really nice combinations which produced a lot of quality scoring chances," said Renegades coach Larry Heslin.

Men's Water Polo:
The Renegades went 2-2 at the Cuesta College tournament in San Luis Obispo on September 18 and 19. Ohlone defeated Solano 11-1, lost to both Delta (18-11) and Modesto (16-14), but pulled off a significant coup with a 15-10 win over Merced. This was Ohlone's first win over Merced since Ohlone's water polo program began in 1974.

Scott Harvey was the Renegades' leading scorer, and Joey DeClacq and Nick Raimondi had standout performances. Coach Gene Kendall was encouraged by his team's showing. "Right now I believe we are a top-three team in our conference," he said.

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