Wednesday, August 30, 2017

#20 SLCC Takes Advantage of WWCC Miscues

On Tuesday at the Taylorsville UT campus of SLCC the Western Wyoming Mustangs played against the SLCC Bruins.  The two teams had played in a scrimmage less then 2 weeks earlier in Rock Springs.

The first half for the Mustangs was played very well and created some chances on the Bruin goal.  However one miscommunication between the WWCC back line have SLCC a sliver of an opportunity which they converted to take a 1 to 0 halftime lead.

The final 45 minutes of the match were not good for the Mustangs.  SLCC scored shortly after the halftime break to completely change the game plan of the Mustangs.  Bad changed to worse in the 49th minute when SLCC was awarded a penalty kick which they finished to take a commanding 3 to 0 lead.  Sadly for the Mustangs SLCC was given another penalty kick in the 57th minute and WWCC keeper Joe Venhaus received his second yellow card and was ejected from the match.  So, down by four goals and only playing with 10 men the Mustangs did not mount much more of an attack on the SLCC defense.  The Bruins added a final goal in the 76th minute to make the final score of 0 - 5.  This match was much closer than the final score especially before the penalty kicks and red card.  The 2017 record for the Mustangs falls to 1 - 2 - 0.

Mustang Man of the Match: Colton Harrison - he continued to play hard regardless of the score and showed a lot of pride for the Red, Black and White.

Match Facts - Shots - WWCC 7, SLCC 19; Assists - WWCC 0, SLCC 3; Saves - WWCC 8, SLCC 1; Corner Kicks - WWCC 3, SLCC 7; Free Kicks - WWCC 14, SLCC 26; Cards - WWCC 4, SLCC 2.

Up Next for the Mustangs; Tuesday September 5th versus Snow College at 7pm in Green River WY - Wolves Stadium (350 Monroe Avenue)

Sunday, August 27, 2017

One Mistake Dooms WWCC vs UVU Club

 One day after playing a 4 year school in Salt Lake the Mustangs returned to Rock Springs and hosted another 4 year team the Utah Valley Club team from Orem UT.

The offense for the Mustangs just was not ticking for the Mustangs on the day for the last pass or the finishing shot.  WWCC dominated most other elements of the match.

The lone goal of the match was in the 8th minute when a pass back to a center back was misplayed and left a UVU forward alone with the ball and he finished to give the Wolverines the early lead.

To demonstrate the offense generated with a scoring touch here are the WWCC players who had more than 1 shot on the day; Colton Harrison (3), Josh Abplanalp (4), Colby Hendrickson (3), Kade Moeller (3), Briston Lowell (3), Ramon Aparicio (2), Javier Arvayo (2) and Danny Becerra (3),

After a frustrating 90 minutes the final score was UVU Club 1 and WWCC 0.  The loss makes the WWCC record for 2017 1 - 1 - 0.

Mustang Man of the Match: Danny Becerra - Danny created multiple chances with his penetrating runs down the left side of the pitch.  Danny was the best player on the pitch for most of the match.

Match Facts - Shots - WWCC 25, UVU 11; Assists - WWCC 0, UVU 0; Saves - WWCC 7, UVU 10; Corner Kicks - WWCC 3, UVU 4; Free Kicks - WWCC 24, UVU 19; Cards - WWCC 1, UVU 1.

Up Next for the Mustangs; Tuesday August 29th vs SLCC in Salt Lake City UT at 4pm.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Carroll College Outclasses WWCC in Final Scrimmage

 On Friday at a neutral field in Salt Lake at the Westminster College campus the Western Wyoming Mustangs faced against the Carroll College Saints.  This was the first meeting between the NAIA 4 year school from Helena MT and the WWCC Men's soccer team.

The Saints did a great job in the first half of finding the space between the midfield line and the defensive line to cause havic on the Mustangs.  Three goals were scored in the first half by Carroll, their scores happened in the 15th minute, 18th minute and the 21st minute.  The lone goal for the Mustangs in that half was from Jesse Lopez in the 19th minute with an assist to Colby Hendrickson.  The score at the break was 3 to 1 in favor of the Saints from MT.

A Javier Arvayo goal off of a Jesse Lopez assist in the 61st minute brought the scrimmage closer to the Mustangs with a score of 3 to 2.  The Mustangs were able to avoid some of their same mistakes from the first half during the final 45 minutes but were still snake bitten by a quick restart and a quick direct counter attack late in the match which both resulted in Carroll College goals.  After 90 minutes of scrimmage the score was 5 to 2 in favor of the Saints.

Mustang Man of the Match: Jesse Lopez for the goal and assist on the day.

Match Facts - Shots - WWCC 9, CC 19; Assists - WWCC 2, CC 4; Saves - WWCC 3, CC 2; Corner Kicks - WWCC 2, CC 7; Free Kicks - WWCC 23, CC 25; Cards - WWCC 0, CC 0.

Up Next for the Mustangs; Utah Valley University Club team on Saturday August 26th at 4pm at Rock Springs Junior High in Rock Springs WY.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Western Opens Up 2017 Season with a Victory

On the first official day of the 2017 season the Mustang faced the USU-Eastern Eagles in Price UT.

As most of the matches versus Eastern it was a spirited and wild contest.  The Mustangs got on the board first with another Josh Abplanalp goal coming from his defensive pressure in the 9th minute.  The Mustangs held the lead for most of the 1st half until Eastern evened the score with a quick counter down the left side of the WWCC defense in the 42nd minute.  The score would remained tied until the halftime break with each team having 1 goal.

The action heated up in the second half, WWCC took a 2 to 1 lead in the 47th minute with a Ramon Aparicio goal after a great Josh Abplanalp run and assist.  USU-E would score the next 2 goals to take a 3 to 2 lead with just 20 minutes to play.  Jesse Lopez scored a goal off of a free kick about 25 yards away in the 78th minute to even the score 3 to 3.  Just when the match seemed destined to go to overtime Briston Lowell scored a great headed goal in the 88th minute from a Ramon Aparicio corner kick.  The Mustangs were able to maintain the lead in the final 2 minutes and got the victory 4 -3 and WWCC starts the season with a 1 - 0 - 0 record.

Mustang Man of the Match: Briston Lowell for the match winning goal and 8 shots on the day.  If it wasn't for some great saves from the USU-E keeper he probably would have had a hatrick.

Match Facts - Shots - WWCC 19, USU-E 17; Assists - WWCC 2, USU-E 1; Saves - WWCC 8, USU-E 6; Corner Kicks - WWCC 6, USU-E 8; Free Kicks - WWCC 15, USU-E 26; Cards - WWCC 2, USU-E 1.

Up Next for the Mustangs; Last Scrimmage for Mustangs vs Carroll College on Friday August 25th at 4pm at Westminster College, Salt Lake City UT.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Southern Nevada Eclipses WWCC in Scrimmage

 On Monday the 2017 Mustangs had a scrimmage against the College of Southern Nevada Coyotes in Price UT.

CSN was a participant in the NJCAA National Tournament last season and has a preseason ranking of #16 in the NJCAA polls.

CSN was the only team to find the back of the net in the first half, netting a goal in the 15th minute.  WWCC continued to struggle with quick counters down the middle of the pitch and organized set pieces throughout this scrimmage.

After the halftime break the Mustangs found some life and evened the score at 1 goal a piece when Josh Abplanalp put pressure on the CSN keeper and created a mistake which led to an easy goal for him.  The Coyotes fired back with goals in the 63rd and 64th minutes.  Kade Moeller brought the Mustangs back closer in the 67th minute when he scored off of a Ramon Aparicio assist.  With the Mustangs down 3 - 2 they made a tactical change in the final 20 minutes and tried to find a tying goal.  The risk did not pay off as CSN found ways to counter and scored two goals in the final 14 minutes to bring the final total to CSN 5 and WWCC 2.

Mustang Man of the Match: Ramon Aparicio for continued good play and his first offensive point (assist to Kade Moeller).

Match Facts - Shots - WWCC 6, CSN 17; Assists - WWCC 1, CSN 4; Saves - WWCC 9, CSN 1; Corner Kicks - WWCC 8, CSN 12; Free Kicks - WWCC 16, CSN 10; Cards - WWCC 0, CSN 0.

Up Next for the Mustangs; 1st Official Match for Mustangs at Utah State Eastern on Tuesday August 22nd at 4pm at Price UT.

Friday, August 18, 2017

SLCC Downs WWCC in 1st Scrimmage

 On Thursday the 2017 Men's Soccer Mustangs started their scrimmage season with a home contest against the SLCC Bruins.

All of the 22 members of the WWCC squad saw action and Kade Moeller got his first playing time in the fall after missing the Alumni Scrimmage.

SLCC is a preseason #20 ranked in the NJCAA. The first half was played at a good pace and SLCC had the majority of the possession with the Mustangs finding spots and chances.  After 45 minutes of play the halftime score was tied 0 - 0.

After the intermission SLCC got into the scoring column after 2 set pieces.  So after an hour of play the score was SLCC 2 and WWCC 0.  The Mustangs showed some fight and scored in the 62nd minute off of a Zac Roper corner kick and a Javier Arvayo finish.  The close one goal margin would be extended by SLCC in the 67th minute when they found the back of the net again.  A final SLCC goal would come in the 79th minute.  So, after 90 minutes of play the score for the scrimmage was SLCC 4 and WWCC 1.

Mustang Man of the Match: Javier Arvayo - for his first career goal as a Mustang and making the most of his opportunities.

Match Facts - Shots - WWCC 6, SLCC 22; Assists - WWCC 1, SLCC 3; Saves - WWCC 11, SLCC 2; Corner Kicks - WWCC 3, SLCC 5; Free Kicks - WWCC 15, SLCC 11; Cards - WWCC 0, SLCC 0.

Up Next for the Mustangs; 2nd Scrimmage for Mustangs vs CSN on Monday August 21st at 4pm at Utah State Eastern, Price UT.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Lightning Cuts Alumni Scrimmage Short

 On Saturday the 2017 edition of the Western Wyoming Mustang Soccer team opened up their season facing off against the WWCC Alumni team.  There was only 50 minutes played due to lightning strikes around Rock Springs.

All the scoring occurred in the first half.  The Alumni struck first when Ty Nielsen (2016) hit a 30 yard free kick past the WWCC goal keeper Joe Venhaus.  The Alumni lead was short lived as Colby Hendrickson scored off of a Colton Harrison assist.  Shortly after the scrimmage was tied Josh Abplanalp was fouled on two separate occasions in the penalty area and the WWCC team received a penalty kick. Jesse Lopez scored the first penalty kick goal and Carlos Gonzalez scored the second penalty kick goal for the WWCC team.  The final goal of the scrimmage was again from the WWCC team as Jesse Lopez assisted on a Josh Abplanalp goal.  The final score for the 2017 Alumni scrimmage was 4 to 1 in favor of the current WWCC team.

Sophomores who started their second campaign for the Mustangs were; Josh Abplanalp, Mike Wolken, Zac Roper, Briston Lowell, Carlos Gonzalez, Camen Gray, Matthew Ochoa and Danny Becerra.

Freshmen who put on the Red, White and Black for the first time for the Mustangs were; Joe Venhaus, Karson Liddell, Gary Lopez, Jesse Lopez, Javier Arvayo, Kenyon Comstock, Jack Stout, Delaney Seilbach, Ramon Aparicio, Colby Hendrickson, Kamden Carroll, Colton Harrison and Daniel Pelayo.

The Alumni who came back to WWCC to play were; Tanner Trumble, Tyler Trumble, Phil Angerhoffer, Kyle Seljaas, Kasey Elizondo, Jairo Raizo, Ty Nielsen, Chad Allgaeir, McKay Rodabough, Nate Cutler, Kortny Lancaster, Gilbert Gonzalez, Piero Levano, Adam Stocks, Kota Freeland, Alan Wendlandt, Taylor Chesnovar and Trevor Rogers.

Mustang Man of the Match: Josh Abplanalp - 1 goal and 2 PKs drawn in under 50 minutes.

Match Facts - Shots - WWCC 9, Alum 8; Assists - WWCC 2, Alum 0; Saves - WWCC 3, Alum 0; Corner Kicks - WWCC 1, Alum 0; Free Kicks - WWCC 2, Alum 3; Cards - WWCC 0, Alum 0.

Up Next for the Mustangs; 1st Official Scrimmage for Mustangs vs SLCC on Thursday August 17th at 11am at Rock Springs Junior High - 3500 Foothill Blvd.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Meet the 2017 Mustangs

#1 - Daniel Pelayo
#2 - Colton Harrison
#3 - Kamden Carroll
#4 - Josh Abplanalp
#5 - Mike Wolken
#6 - Colby Hendrickson
#7 - Zac Roper
#8 - Kade Moeller
#9 - Briston Lowell
#10 - Carlos Gonzalez
#11 - Ramon Aparicio
#12 - Camen Gray
#13 - Delaney Seilbach
#14 - Jack Stout
#15 - Kenyon Comstock
#16 - Javier Arvayo
#17 - Jesse Lopez
#18 - Matthew Ochoa
#19 - Danny Becerra
#20 - Gary Lopez
#24 - Karson Liddell
#99 - Joe Venhaus