By LOUIS LAVENTURE
Both the Ohlone men and women soccer teams only have one game remaining in the regular season. The first round of the CCCAA Playoffs begin on Nov. 17 and both teams hope to be a major factor.
The Lady Renegades improved their playoff chances on Tuesday by defeating Canada College 6-1 in Redwood City.
Ohlone is now 9-3-4 overall and 7-3-2 in conference play with just one game remaining. The regular season finale is Friday against Las Positas College at Central Park in Fremont at 3 p.m.
Goalkeepers Melissa Grey and Kami Herley were nearly perfect against Canada allowing just the one goal.
Jessica Lerma led the way for the Lady Renegades scoring two goals and an assist in the game. Those were Lerma’s first two goals of the season and her second assist.
Coach Larry Heslin was aware that players would have to rise to the occasion in the absence of several key injured players.
“People are just going to have to step up,” Heslin said.
“Injuries are a part of every game and we just have to respond well to the adversity.”
Step up is exactly what several players did for the Lady Renegades in the win like Samantha O’Brien who
scored her first goal of the season as well in the victory over Canada.
Lora Lee, Morgan Collyer and Ramsay MacKenzie also had goals in the winning effort for Ohlone. Cindy Tsai, Heidi Moreno, Elizabeth Mooney and Maddie Gray all had assists on goals for the Lady Renegades.
There are so many varying factors that determine who makes the playoffs so it is still unclear if Ohlone will make it. Finishing the season strong with wins will go a long way in determining its fate.
The Renegades fell to DeAnza College on Tuesday at Central Park in Fremont 2-0.
The loss puts Ohlone at 4-10-4 overall and 3-8-2 in conference making it a lot tougher to take one of the
coveted playoff spots.
On Friday Ohlone College was able to defeat Mission College of Santa Clara 3-2 in Santa Clara.
Chris Lopez, Olivas Cesar and Greivin Pacheco Quesada all scored goals in the win and Antonio Garcia was credited with an assist.
Pacheco Quesada has been stellar for the Renegades, amassing 10 goals and five assists on the season for a total of 25 points.
For Lopez and Cesar, it was their first goals of the season and they needed all of them to
squeak out the victory.
Goalkeeper Michael Beigarten had another great outing in net for Ohlone making several key saves to preserve the win for the Renegades.
It is not for sure if Ohlone, will make the playoffs or not yet, but a win in their final game will go a long way.
The final game of the regular season will be Friday when they travel to Salinas to take
on Hartnell College. Hartnell College is 11-1-7 overall and 8-1-4 in conference play.