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September 21, 2010 > Community college soccer, volleyball update

Community college soccer, volleyball update

By Gary van den Heuvel

The Ohlone College men's soccer team continued its hot streak, extending their winning streak to four games with two wins last week over Monterey Peninsula and Gavilan College, respectively.

The Renegades had their hands full against visiting Monterey Peninsula, who led twice in the game before Ohlone caught fire in the second half. The Lobos kept Ohlone on their toes with their adventurous play, mixing sharp passes and creating scoring opportunities against Renegade keeper Eric Underwood.

Monterey was able to withstand an early Ohlone assault on goal and drew first blood when a defensive breakdown allowed Zach Ostarello to find the net.

Ohlone was able to absorb a lot of offensive pressure from the Lobos, until Danny Ulloa leveled the match when he capitalized on a Monterey mis-kick and scored from the right wing.

The Renegades were forced to fight back again in the second half after Monterey's Galen Knobbe was able to get by Ohlone's back line and deposit the ball into the net for a 2-1 lead. But from that point, Ohlone's defense tightened up, and George Mayer converted two crosses into Renegades goals to give the Renegades the 3-2 win.

"We are pleased that we can come back from a deficit," said Ohlone coach Jan Nordmo. "We now know that this is within our ability. Going forward, this certainly helps our confidence as a team."

Mayer's campaign as Ohlone's top gun continued in the Renegades' next game, a 2-1 win at Gavilan College in which Mayer assisted on both Ohlone goals, which were scored by Jarod Fluke and David Kulhanek. At week's end, Ohlone is 5-2 in early season play.

Ohlone's women's soccer team didn't have as successful a week as their male counterparts, losing two close games to fall to a 2-3 record. Diablo Valley College started off the Renegades' week with a 2-1 decision, making the most of their three shots on goal against Ohlone's keeper Jessica Mortimer. Ohlone's goal came off the foot of Laura Gorecki, who is the Renegades' offensive leader with two goals and two assists.

Later in the week, Ohlone visited Canada College and again was on the wrong end of a 2-1 score. Mari Sol Luna scored her first goal of the year for the Renegades, but unfortunately it was not enough.

The men's soccer team from Chabot College had an uninspiring week, playing two games, scoring zero goals, but only suffering one loss as their record fell to 2-3-1 in nonconference play. West Hills College handed the Gladiators a 1-0 loss early in the week, but Chabot keeper Anthony Ahedo and the Gladiator defense was able to hold Contra Costa scoreless in a 0-0 tie on September 17.

Chabot's women's team finally got off their winless, scoreless streak. After a 3-0 loss to West Hills dropped the Gladiators to 0-3, Chabot took out their frustrations with a 3-0 win over host Mission College. Jessica Panuco scored two of Chabot's goals in the win.

In volleyball, Ohlone suffered their first loss of the season, 3-2 to Columbia College (by scores of 16-25, 25-19, 25-16, 23-25, 15-9), but continued to show that they are an improving team with a 3-0 win over Lassen College.

Meanwhile, Chabot's volleyball continues to struggle. After losing four matches at the Delta Classic Tournament at San Joaquin College, the Gladiators dropped a match to Yuba on Sept. 15 by scores of 25-19, 25-20, 25-21.

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