Thursday, June 21, 2018

Delaney Seilbach - Sophomore Mustang

 Delaney Seilbach has signed a National Letter of Intent to play his second season of collegiate soccer at Western Wyoming Community College.

As a freshman Delaney saw action on the field as an outside midfielder and an outside back.  During the 2017 season Seilbach had; 1 Shot, 3 Fouls, 1 Start and 24 Halves Played.

Delaney is a good student who earned an academic honor during the 2017-2018 school year.  In the fall 2017 semester he earned recognition by being on the Dean's Honor Roll.

During the long winter months and spring scrimmage season Delaney continued to improve himself as an overall soccer player.  He started in both of the men's scrimmages during the spring 2018 season.  Delaney worked on his skill as an outside midfield player and worked on his positioning as an outside back.

As a sophomore WWCC expects Seilbach to see more action on the field as he is now better accustomed to the speed and physicality of the college game.  Delaney's versatility as an outside player in the middle of the pitch and as a defender will help out the Mustangs in the fall of 2018.  Welcome back Delaney, good luck in 2018!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Justin Pfeil a 2018 Mustang

Justin Pfeil a 2017 graduate from Copper Hills High School in West Jordan UT has signed a National Letter of Intent to play college soccer at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs WY.

Justin is a defender who has the versatility of playing as a center back, outside back and a center defensive midfielder.  Justin came to Western Wyoming for a tryout in the winter of 2016-2017.  He had a good tryout but it did not work out for him to become a Mustang until this upcoming season.

Pfeil is an Eagle Scout, advanced scuba diver, hiker, rock climber and an overall outdoor enthusiast.  Justin is a great student graduating from high school with a cumulative GPA of 3.5.

Justin played with a couple of club teams during his younger years in Utah.  With Razzia, Justin played up a year as an outside back.  He also served as Captain of D1 Razzia.  Will playing with D1 Utah Glory, Justin mainly played as a center back.  With the Utah Glory he and his team placed third in the San Diego Tournament.

Coach Larsen of the Utah Glory had this to say about Pfeil, “When Justin joined the team he added something the team was in need of, a spark. Being the new guy on our team wasn't going to be easy especially with a group of players who'd been together since they were 8 years old. Justin had no problem meshing with the other guys and was accepted quickly. The energy he brought to the middle of the park was second to none. Never afraid of a tackle or getting stuck in he soon became a leader with the other boys looking to him for that stability on the field. Off the field he was just as influential. Cracking jokes and getting the others to laugh and bringing the group closer together. Justin always finds a way to smile. Even after a tough loss he would bounce back quickly focusing on the future and how he could improve for next time. He's the kind of person that wants to help others succeed, which in turn makes him a successful player.”

We at Western Wyoming know that Justin will have an impact on the school and the squad this fall.  Welcome to Justin Pfeil, Mustang Soccer player.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Joe Venhaus - Sophomore Keeper for WWCC

Joe Venhaus from Providence Utah and a 2017 graduate from InTech Collegiate High School has once again signed a National Letter of Intent to play college soccer at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs WY.

Joe was the starting keeper for the Mustangs during his freshman year.  Venhaus was also the freshman keeper in the Region with the most All-Region votes.   During his first year Joe had 132 Saves, allowed 43 goals, saved 75.4% of all shots he saw, started 20 matches, played in 40 halves and tallied 4 shutouts.

Joe has done a stellar job in the classroom as a student and is on track to graduate a semester early, in December of 2018.  Joe was on the Dean's Honor Roll for both the fall 2017 and the spring 2018 semesters.

In the off-season and spring Joe did a great job of becoming stronger while maintaining his speed and agility.  Joe worked countless hours on his skills as a keeper.  Venhaus developed into a vocal leader for the team and always gave his best effort in training.  In our spring scrimmages of 2018 Joe Venhaus recorded 15 saves and 1 shutout.  In the shutout of Westminster, Joe included a penalty kick save.

As a sophomore we know that Joe will be pushed for playing time and starting position by incoming freshman Nick Kautzman.  Joe should be relish the opportunity to be driven each and everyday by another quality keeper.  Venhaus should provide a calm and mature leadership to what will be a young Mustang team.  Congrats Joe, we are happy to have you back minding the Mustang net.

Friday, June 1, 2018

From Murray To the Mustangs - Beamer Wilcken

Beamer Wilcken a 2017 graduate from Murray High School in Murray Utah has signed his National Letter of Intent to play soccer at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs WY.
Beamer has had a lot of success as a soccer player.  Wilcken usually plays as a forward or winger.  His junior year he was 4A Honorable Mention for the Deseret News.  During the 2016 season, his junior year, he scored 13 goals for Murray High. Both his junior and his senior year Beamer was the leading scorer in all of Region 6.   As a senior Beamer's goal total went even higher as he netted 19 goals.  Because of this work and the ability to find the back of the net Beamer was named to the 2017 Deseret News 4A Honorable Mention team, the 2017 Salt Lake Tribune 4A 1st Team All State team and the 2017 Salt Lake Tribune All-Tribune Team.  Wilcken was the 2nd leading score in all of 4A soccer during his senior year and was 5th in the entire state of Utah during the 2017 season.  For his career at Murray High Beamer is credited with 33 goals.

Along with the individual success on the field Beamer helped his teams to also find success.  As a member of the Murray High Spartans Beamer was part of Back to Back Region 6 Champs during his junior and senior years.  MHS and Beamer advanced to the UHSAA soccer playoffs in both of those years, advancing to the quarterfinals in 2016.  During his junior and senior years Beamer and MHS won 29 soccer matches.  With his club team Murray SC, Beamer helped them to advance to the quarterfinals in the State Cup for D1 teams.  Along with the good State Cup result, Murray SC with Beamer's help finished 5th in the Las Vegas Thanksgiving Classic in the fall of 2017.

Beamer plans on studying Wildlife Biology and would like to pursue a career as a Forest Ranger at a National Park.  Since the age of 12, Wilcken has been a licensed falconer in Utah, he was the youngest falconer in the state at the time.
We at Western are very excited to add such a talented soccer player to our roster.  We expect many things from Beamer as a person in our community, a student on our campus and an athlete for the Mustangs.  Congratulations Beamer and good luck!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Kade Moeller - WWCC Sophomore 2018

 Kade Moeller from Rock Springs Wyoming has once again signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his playing career at Western Wyoming Community College.

Kade's freshman year showed a lot of promise.  Moeller did have some struggles to consistently find the form to be a difference maker during the fall 2017 season.  In the fall Kade amassed the following stats; 9 Shots, 1 Goal, 2 Fouls, 1 Start and 32 Halves Played.  In 2017, Moeller played behind two sophomore forwards who were all region players.

The off-season and spring of 2018 was good for Kade.  Kade continued to improve his strength and skills as a forward and as a complete soccer player.  Even though Kade was unable to compete in any of the spring scrimmages his growth was evident every time he scrimmaged with the squad through our many spring practices.

Moeller is a pretty good student and is on track to graduate with his Associates Degree in May of 2019.

As a sophomore we at Western know that Kade will find more time on the field and this will result in more shots and goals.  Moeller's size and speed will be a headache for our opponents in 2018.  He can beat defenses with not just his speed but also with his ability to find space and the pressure he can provide.  Welcome back Kade, good luck in 2018.

Spring 2018 Honor Roll

The following WWCC Soccer players have been or will soon be named to the following Honor Rolls after the 2018 Spring Semester.

Dean's Honor Roll (3.25-3.99)
Joshua Abplanalp
Carlos Gonzalez
Karson Liddell
Josh Rawson
Zac Roper
Mike Wolken
Joe Venhaus

Congratulations to these fine young men for all their hard work and dedication to their academics.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Gunner Erickson - 2018 Recruit

Gunner Erickson a soon to be graduate from Roy High in Roy Utah has signed his National Letter of Intent to play soccer at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs WY.

Gunner played his high school soccer for the Royals of Roy High. Gunner was a four time letter winner for RHS Soccer.   Gunner played most of his senior season as a forward and most of his earlier years as a center back. Gunner scored 6 goals during his last year with RHS.  As a junior we received honors for his play as a defender.  In 2017 Erickson was named to the All Area Second Team and the All Region 5A First Team.  Gunner helped the Royals to the UHSAA playoffs during his junior and senior years.  Including a playoff win and a trip to the UHSAA 5A quarterfinals in 2018.  After his junior season Gunner was named RHS team's Defensive MVP.

Gunner played his comp soccer with the Rampage Soccer Club.  Some of the accolades that he and his teammates accrued were; 2017 Avalanche Invitational Champions, Utah Surf Invitational Champions and 2017 Dixie Cup Invitational Runners-up.  Erickson was a captain of both his high school and club teams.

Academics are another strong point for Gunner as he has been on the Honor Roll throughout his time at Roy High, grades 9 - 12.  His cumulative GPA is a 3.4.  Gunner pushed himself in his class selection and was enrolled in and passed seven AP courses.
Although Gunner was recruited to fill in a hole as a forward, we are not sure whether Gunner will get most of his playing time as an attacking player or a defender while wearing the Red and Black of Western.  Gunner will be a valuable player for either or possibly both sides of the ball as WWCC has graduated their starting two forwards and their starting two center backs.  We were impressed with not only his versatility as a player but his leadership skills and the type of person and student that he is.  Gunner showed that offensively he can play wide and also in the middle.  He has the speed to stretch the defense and the height to play with his back to goal.
Congratulations to Gunner and welcome to the Mustang Soccer Family and Tradition.  Here is to a successful two years on and off of the pitch.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Western Wyo Welcomes Colton Mathys

A National Letter of Intent has been signed by Colton Mathys from Mountain Crest High School in Hyrum Utah.  Colton is a soon to be graduate of the class of 2018 from MCHS.

Colton is the youngest of 5 children and the third triplet born to Ken and Tanya Mathys.  Colton has played soccer since he was very young.  His older brothers teaching him the ropes.  Being from Logan, Utah Colton has spent many hours skiing, fishing, being in the mountains with his family and of course playing soccer.

As a Mountain Crest Mustang, Colton received many honors including; three varsity soccer letters, being named the MCHS 2017 Offensive Player of the Year and being the 2017 MCHS leading scorer.  As a Junior, Colton was named to the Herald Journal's All-Valley Boy's Soccer team.  Along with the All-Valley recognition, Colton was also names to the All Region team.
In his high school career Colton scored 12 goals.  In his last three seasons he helped the MCHS Mustangs advance to the UHSAA soccer playoffs, reaching the quarterfinals in 2016.  Colton attended a tryout in Rock Springs in the winter months and showed he was capable of using his size and speed to his advantage.  Mathys usually plays as an outside midfielder but can also play as a forward.  We at Western feel he can play at either of these positions but he also has the skill set to be able to play and help out Western at other positions.

Colton is an excellent student and will graduate Mountain Crest High with honors,  Western is privileged to add such a find person, student and soccer player to the Western Wyo Mustang Soccer family.

Colton said, "I am excited to continue my education as well as my soccer experience at Western Wyoming Community College".