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October 28, 2009 > Ohlone sports roundup

Ohlone sports roundup

By Gary van den Heuvel

Men's Soccer

The Renegades are approaching the stretch run towards the playoffs with a growing momentum that teams acquire with multi-game winning streaks. In Ohlone's case, the streak has grown to four after a home 2-1 win over Cabrillo on October 20 and a road 2-0 win at De Anza on October 23.

Dustin Richards scored the Renegades' first goal in the 18th minute of the Cabrillo game, converting a Cabrillo deflection inside the goal box. Ohlone went into the half with a two-goal advantage after George Mayer II hit the net from 16 yards out.

Cabrillo came out with more aggression in the second half, and the aggression paid off on a goal by forward Edgar Bedolla. The Seahawks kept up the attack, but the Renegades were able to stave off the threat and hold on for the 2-1 victory.

Mayer accounted for both goals in the 2-0 win over De Anza on the Dons' artificial surface. Mayer took a cross pass from Richards in front of the goal and deposited it into the net in the 18th minute. His second goal came from 35 yards out on a free kick following a De Anza violation late in the second half. The spin Mayer applied to the ball caused the Dons keeper to mishandle the shot.

Mayer is tied with Daniel Galloway for the team lead in goals - each have 10 - but Mayer's 12 assists are tops on the team and his 32 points rank him third in the state in scoring.

Following several frustrating seasons, the Mayer-Galloway combo has injected life into the Ohlone soccer team. The Renegades sit at first place, 6-2 in the Coast Conference and 10-4 overall.

Women's Volleyball

The Lady Renegades volleyball team removed a monkey from their backs with their first conference win of the season, beating home team San Jose City College 3-2.

Ohlone won the first set 25-21, but spent most of the second fighting back from a deficit before pulling out a 26-24 thriller. The Lady Jags fought back to equalize the match with 25-22 wins in the third and fourth sets, but Ohlone broke a 6-6 tie in the fifth and went on to win the set and the match, 15-10.

Unfortunately, the Renegades couldn't get a streak going, as on their return home they lost a hard-fought five-setter to Skyline 3-2 (25-18, 21-25, 25-21, 20-25, 15-10) on October 23.

Water Polo

Both the men's and women's water polo teams had a trying week. The Ohlone men's team lost two matches to see their record drop to 3-10 with losses to Modesto 8-7 on October 17 and to Merced, 14-5.

The Lady Renegades didn't fare much better, losing to De Anza 8-4 on October 14 and to Merced 15-2. Evelyn Choy scored a goal against Merced and had 1 assist.

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