October 7, 2011 > Ohlone stuns West Valley
Ohlone stuns West Valley
Ohlone @ West Valley
Ohlone 2 - West Valley 1
The Renegades faced West Valley on the road this afternoon and were able to come away with maximum points in a solidly battled matched. Ohlone hit the scoreboard off a direct free kick 28 yards from goal after Martin Lopez was taken down on the right side. Dominic Hertz lined up a powerful shot that pushed through the keeper's hands and found the back of the net to put Ohlone up by one. The rest of the half Ohlone managed a huge amount of pressure, however, Daniel Gonzalez was able to hit two shots on frame again forcing keeper Matt Favela to keep two more from going in.
Greivin Pacheco Quesade tickled the outside of the left post late in the half to keep Ohlone's pressure on, off a direct free kick from 30 yards out on the left flank. Ohlone's defense managed the pressure and was instrumental in keeping West Valley from venturing too close. It would be a quick combination play early in half two that caught the Renegades and leveled the score as Rivera was fed from Jorge Hernandez and up the middle of Ohlone's back like to find West Valley equal at one-one.
Hector Romero and Daniel Gonzales each played a strong center midfield role upsetting the West Valley plan. However, Ohlone and West Valley legs tangled midway through the half and Ohlone's keeper, Juan Martinez was forced to face a penalty kick. Martinez came up big with the save and covered a deflected second shot as well which could not be finalized by West Valley. A free kick by Quesada in the final seconds of play put the lead and final goal with Ohlone breaking a long standing Ohlone loosing streak since 2005; in 2004 Ohlone managed a mere draw.
"We played with intensity and focus today," said Coach Nordmo. "We have been playing well, but the breaks have not always gone our way. Today we had not just the technical and tactical end of the game our fitness and mental were strong. I believe we have turned a corner; we are playing better and better. Martinez was big in goal and our entire starting eleven and bench were into the game." The coaching staff acknowledged play by Keeper Martinez, Dominic Hertz, Jonathan Santillan and Greivin Pacheco Quesada.