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Feather River Scores Early to Hold Off Ohlone Soccer
By Jan Eric Nordmo
August 31, 2012
The Ohlone men’s soccer team played against Feather River at Fremont’s Central Park in their first home game of the season. Central Park will be Ohlone’s home pitch while the construction of a new field and stadium at Ohlone College is in progress. The Renegades had a tough matchup against the nationally ranked Feather River, who featured a host of international players. The match was back and forth to start, as both sides took time to get their nerves loosened and to explore the field. Feather River, however, shook off their nerves early and caught Ohlone off guard as an errant clearance was put back into Ohlone territory, and Feather River was able to capitalize. A crafty combination play resulted in a goal past goalkeeper Michael Beigarten, who was blinded from play by his own back line. Ohlone’s nerves were clearly still settling in against a side that just beat West Hills 2-1 earlier in the week.
The Renegades were still developing confidence early on but were not able to mount effective pressure until later in the first half. Raul Chavez led a strong back line. Greivin Pacheo Quesada was leading the front assault but was unable to capitalize on several shots. Newcomers Jorge Alcaraz and Omar Reyes each looked to add his name to the game along side veterans Hector Romero and Sliver Silva, who did much to keep Feather River away from the Ohlone goal most of the match.
Despite the goal, Ohlone was positive going forward and the team adjusted its shape to put more attackers up front and put the pressure on the visiting side. Ohlone had two opening shots in the second half that came within inches of going in. Feather River had two opportunities midway through the second half that almost put Ohlone down, but Ohlone put pressure back on the Feather River side with consistent attacks, and continued to develop more confidence throughout the game.
“We are pleased to see our team compete today with a solid side,” said Coach Nordmo. “We always want the win and today we showed we still need some seasoning, but another bounce here or there and we’d have points. We are looking forward to a competitive year.”
Feather River 11
Feather River 2
Feather River 0
Feather River 3
Feather River 6
Feather River 2
Ohlone – Michael Beigarten 90 min. GA 1
Feather River– Tarun Freestone 90 min. GA 0
College Overall Conference Division
Feather River (2-0-0) (0-0-0) (0-0-0)
Ohlone (0-1-0) (0-0-0) (0-0-0)
Next opponent for Ohlone:
Tuesday (9/2) vs. Marin at 4:00 PM at Marin, CA