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Ohlone Soccer Stalemated in Napa
By Jan Eric Nordmo
September 14, 2012
The opening moments looked promising for the Renegades in their late Friday afternoon visit to Napa Valley College. Greivin Pacheco Quesada put himself in the Napa Storm goal box early, opening three shots on goal in the first five minutes of the match. Napa keeper Ivan Contreras put together a string of acrobatic dives that kept the Ohlone side from getting on the scoreboard. Napa center back Fernando Marquez was instrumental in stifling the Ohlone offense and keeping the Renegades off the mark. Freshman Jorge Alcaraz was essential for the Renegades in putting the Ohlone side in scoring range, but neither Quesada nor fellow striker Martin Lopez was able to sneak one by the Napa keeper. A pair of late first half free kicks by Quesada and Taylor Leidheisl seemed to give Ohlone the best chances in the half for putting one on the scoreboard, but a keeper save and wide miss would not be enough.
In the second half, Napa was not too shy about putting pressure on Ohlone, but the resilient back line led by Raoul Chavez and anchored by Chase Brower remained unbreakable. Ohlone shifted shape and added three strikers in the final 30 minutes of the match, keeping the Storm at bay, but the resolve of Napa remained strong. The most the Ohlone side could get was four close calls on corner kicks, one of which found the mark but was called back because of a foul. Unfortunately, a clean sheet for keeper Beigarten of Ohlone and two unblemished games for the Ohlone back line were not enough to satiate Renegades, and they came up empty on the attack.
“We played well enough to win,” said Coach Nordmo, “but in the end if you do not score goals, the win is not possible. We needed to be a little less selfish and have a little more “we” attitude rather than “me” attitude. Regardless, we are still off to the strongest start we’ve had in three years and we are looking good both in training and competition.”
Ohlone – Michael Beigarten 90 min. GA 0
Napa – Ivan Contreras 90 min. GA 0
College Overall Conference Division
Ohlone (1-1-2) (0-0-0) (0-0-0)
Napa (0-3-1) (0-0-0) (0-0-0)