Monday, September 5, 2016

OT Win in Sheridan Brings WWCC 2 - 0 in Region

After a sluggish start the Mustangs played some good soccer on Saturday in Sheridan.  The slow start however had the Mustangs down 2 to 0 within the first thirty minutes.  Western again changed their mindset and played better soccer and offensive soccer.  Josh Abplanalp scored in the 1st half off of an assist from Carlos Gonzalez.  The Mustangs even missed a penalty kick before half.  The score after 45 minutes was Sheridan 2, WWCC 1.

After the break Western continued to attack and put pressure on the Sheridan backline and keeper.  The break through came again from Josh Abplanalp who evened the score at 2 goals a piece.

In overtime both teams looked directly to score in the first couple of minutes.  Western found the game winning goal in the 93rd minute when down the right side Mike Wolken controlled the ball and made a run into the Sheridan box, he later received the ball and centered it to Grayson Barnes who calmly tapped in the match winner.  The win brings WWCC record up to 2 - 1 - 1 on the season and 2 - 0 - 0 in Region IX North.

Mustang Man of the Match:  Grayson Barnes for the match winning goal.

Match Facts - Shots - WWCC 13, SC 9; Assists - WWCC 2, SC 2; Saves - WWCC 6, SC 8; Corner Kicks - WWCC 5, SC 5; Free Kicks - WWCC 10, SC 5; Cards - WWCC 0, SC 3

Up Next for the Mustangs; Hosting SLCC on Tuesday September 6th at 5:30pm in Green River WY - Green River Wolves Stadium (350 Monroe Ave., Green River, WY 82935)

Comeback Victory for Mustangs in Powell

                                                                                    In one of the better rivalry matches in Region IX North, the Trappers from Northwest College in Powell WY hosted the Mustangs of Western Wyoming Community College.  It was a very heated match that saw 8 yellow card and 1 red card.  The action was primarily controlled by Northwest in the early going but gradually and eventually the Mustangs clawed back into the match with some attacking power and midfield possession.  It was a 0 to 0 halftime score.

The match changed when Briston Lowell was fouled when on a break-away and the Northwest defender was red carded with about 20 minutes to play.  However with 10 minutes to play Northwest found a break in the WWCC defense and scored even though they were 1 man down.  Western fought back and scored off of a corner kick when Ty Nielsen served the ball in and Tanner Trumble headed the ball into the net.  Minutes later Josh Abplanalp was fouled in the box and Ty Nielsen scored the penalty shot with about 90 seconds to go.  The win helps the Mustang record improve to 1 - 1 - 1 and 1 - 0 - 0 in Region IX North.

Mustang Man of the Match: Tanner Trumble for not only fine defense but also the equalizing goal off of a corner kick header.
Match Facts - Shots - WWCC , NWC ; Assists - WWCC 1, NWC 1; Saves - WWCC , NWC ; Corner Kicks - WWCC , NWC ; Free Kicks - WWCC , NWC ; Cards - WWCC 2, NWC 7
Up Next for the Mustangs; Region IX North Match at Sheridan WY vs Sheridan College - Saturday September 3rd. 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Eastern UT defeats WWCC

On Saturday the Mustangs were paired with the Golden Eagles of Eastern Utah.  In what is becoming an early season rivalry between the two schools they meet for the 3rd consecutive year early in the regular season.  The Mustangs netted first in the match when Ty Nielsen sent in a ball that Kyle Tilley put into the back of the net about halfway through the first half.  Eastern would even the score quickly after the Tilley goal and gain a lead of 2 to 1 before the halftime break.

In the second half the momentum stayed with the Golden Eagles of Eastern UT and they added two more goals to cruise to an easy 4 to 1 victory for Eastern Utah.  The loss drops the Western record on the young 2016 season to 0 - 1 - 1.
Mustang Man of the Match: Kyle Tilley for his 1st goal as a Mustang.

Match Facts - Shots - WWCC 8, CEU 6; Assists - WWCC 1, CEU 2; Saves - WWCC 2, CEU 4; Corner Kicks - WWCC 4, CEU 2; Free Kicks - WWCC 8, CEU 8; Cards - WWCC 2, CEU 0

Up Next for the Mustangs; Region IX Road Match at Powell WY vs Northwest College on Friday September 9th.

Friday, August 26, 2016

1st Match a Draw for Mustangs

On Thursday at Crossroads Park in Rock Springs the Mustangs faced Region IX South opponent Northeastern Junior College Plainsmen.  Although this does not count in the Region standings this is a team that Western might face in the Region IX tournament.  NJC started quickly and were awarded a penalty kick early in the match which they converted for an early 1 - 0 lead.  WWCC fought back and found an equalizing goal by a free kick kicked perfectly by Victor Gonzalez.  Just when it looked like Western was going to go into the half tied at 1 goal a piece NJC hit a great shot to take a 2 to 1 lead at the break.

The second half was owned by Western Wyoming but WWCC had some trouble finding the back of the net.  The second goal for the Mustangs came on a counter attack lead by Mike Wolken who assisted on the goal of Briston Lowell.  With the score even for most of the second half the Mustangs just could not break the NJC defense again.  The score remained tied after 90 minutes of regulation.

Both teams would participate in two 10 minute overtime periods where both teams had some real chances but neither team could find the winning goal.  The match would end in a 2 to 2 tie.  The overall record for the Mustangs is 0 - 0 - 1 for the 2016 season.

Mustang Man of the Match: Victor Gonzalez - for the amazing free-kick goal and solid play both at forward and in the midfield.

Match Facts - Shots - WWCC 16, NJC 13; Assists - WWCC 1, NJC 0; Saves - WWCC 4, NJC 8; Corner Kicks - WWCC 3, NJC 3; Free Kicks - WWCC 11, NJC 15; Cards - WWCC 2, NJC 5

Up Next for the Mustangs; Saturday August 27th vs Utah State Eastern at Crossroads Park in Rock Springs WY.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The 2016 Mustang Captains

Ty Nielsen - Freshman - Midfield - Lehi UT

Kyle Mivshek - Sophomore - Keeper - Pinedale WY

Tanner Trumble - Sophomore - Midfield/Defense - Green River WY

Braden Smith - Sophomore - Defense - Lehi UT

Monday, August 22, 2016

Last Scrimmages of 2016 in OR

On Thursday in Ontario OR the Mustangs played against the Chukars of Treasure Valley Community College in a scrimmage.  Western found themselves playing well and possessing the ball but made a mistake in their defensive half that resulted in a TVCC goal.  The half time lead was 1 - 0 for TVCC.  In the second half Western found their offense and continued to send balls into the box and shots toward the goal.  The lone WWCC goal was scored by Victor Gonzalez after he put pressure on the TVCC keeper and stole the ball before kicking it in.  Unfortunately TVCC found a second goal for themselves against the run of play and won the scrimmage 1 - 2.

Mustang Man of the Match: Braden Smith - Braden played well both as centerback and center defensive mid before suffering a knee injury which will keep him out of action for a week or so.

Match Facts - Shots - WWCC 13, TVCC 17; Assists - WWCC 0, TVCC 1; Saves - WWCC 14, TVCC 8; Corner Kicks - WWCC 5, TVCC 6; Free Kicks - WWCC 13, TVCC 8; Cards - WWCC 0, TVCC 1

On Friday for their last scrimmage of the 2016 fall season Western squared off against the Warriors from Walla Walla Community College on a neutral site at Pendleton OR.  This was a great match up for Western as they need to get used to playing 2 road matches on back to back days.  Walla Walla came out strong but Western battled back to regain possession and control in the 1st half but then the Warriors scored off of a header late in the 1st half to take a 1 - 0 halftime lead.  Again Western played better in the second half but could not find consistent offense and conceded another headed goal in the second half, losing the last scrimmage of the 2016 season 0 - 2.

Mustang Man of the Match: Tanner Trumble - Tanner stepped into the role of a centerback today to fill-in for Braden Smith.  Tanner played very well.

Match Facts - Shots - WWCC 6, Walla 20; Assists - WWCC 0, Walla 2; Saves - WWCC 10, Walla 3; Corner Kicks - WWCC 4, Walla 3; Free Kicks - WWCC 13, Walla 12; Cards - WWCC 1, Walla 1

Up Next for the Mustangs; 1st Regular Season Match of 2016 - vs Northeastern Junior College (CO) in Rock Springs WY at Crossroads Field.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Long Road Trip for 1st Scrimmages of 2016

The first official scrimmage match of 2016 was played in Salt Lake City UT against SLCC.  It was broken up into three separate 30 minute periods.  The first period, Western put out their fitness leaders from training camp.  The second period was pretty close to what could be their starting lineup and the third period was for more reserve type players.  SLCC scored early on in the 1st period on a penalty kick and later added another goal for a 2 - 0 lead at the end of period #1.  In the 2nd period WWCC found more success but could not beat the SLCC defense and conceded one goal in the second period.  Finally in the 3rd period it was a very evenly played match but a keeper mistake gave SLCC a 1 - 0 lead at the end of that period.  At the end of the day it was a 4 - 0 final score for SLCC after the 3 periods.

Mustang Man of the Match: Mike Wolken, brought good intensity and play every minute on the pitch.

Match Facts - Shots - WWCC 11, SLCC 26; Assists - WWCC 0, SLCC 3; Saves - WWCC 12, SLCC 8; Corner Kicks - WWCC 2, SLCC 6; Free Kicks - WWCC 7, SLCC 9; Cards - WWCC 3, SLCC 1

The second scrimmage of 2016 and on the road trip was in Henderson NV against the Coyotes from the College of Southern Nevada.  This was the first meeting between the two schools.  It was a great tune-up for both teams.  The match was played at a high level but neither team was able to score until around the 75th minute.  A Southern Nevada player hit a rocket of a shot that gave them a 1 - 0 lead.  The Mustangs fought back and continued to ask questions of the Coyote defense.  The break through occurred with little time left on the clock when Ty Nielsen sent a free kick into the box that was not controlled by the CSN keeper and an easy put back for a goal was kicked in by Grayson Barnes.

Mustang Man of the Match: Ty Nielsen, for the assist in the dying minutes and for solid play throughout the scrimmage.

Match Facts - Shots - WWCC 9, CSN 15; Assists - WWCC 1, CSN 0; Saves - WWCC 8, CSN 6; Corner Kicks - WWCC 2, CSN 4; Free Kicks - WWCC 7, CSN 13; Cards - WWCC 2, CSN1

Up Next for the Mustangs; Last Scrimmages for Mustangs, in Oregon - Thursday 8/18 vs Treasure Valley CC and Friday 8/19 vs Walla Walla CC.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Goals-a-Plenty at Alumni Scrimmage

The Mustangs kicked off the 2016 fall season with their annual Alumni Scrimmage.  This reunites old teammates and lets the new players see the players who started the wonderful WWCC Men's Soccer tradition.

Getting their first action as Mustangs were; Benji Ayala - Keeper, McKay Rodabough - Defense, Ben Kunz - Defense, Josh Abplanalp - Forward, Danny Becerra - Defense, Diego Coronado - Defense, Carlos Gonzalez - Midfield, Victor Gonzalez - Forward, Briston Lowell - Forward, Camen Gray - Midfield, Chad Allgaeir - Midfield, Mike Wolken - Defense, Brett Thatcher - Defense, Kota Freeland - Midfield, Matthew Ochoa - Defense, Kyle Tilley - Midfield, Ty Nielsen - Midfield and Trevor Rogers - Keeper.  Starting off their sophomore campaigns were; Kyle Mivshek - Keeper, Braden Smith - Defense, Seth Romsa - Forward, Tanner Trumble - Midfield and Grayson Barnes - Midfield.

The scoring actually started with the Alumni when Devin King found net early in the 1st half.  Josh Abplanalp scored minutes later with an assist from Seth Romsa.  Briston Lowell added three first half goals, assisted by McKay Rodabough and Chad Allgaier.  McKay Rodabough also hit a great long range screamer in the first 45 minutes.  The half time score was 5 to 1 in favor of the Mustangs.

The second half was again started with an alumni goal after a penalty shot kick hot the bar and Piero Levano re-directed the ricochet into the net for the second goal of the alumni. The momentum for the alumni would not last long as more goals came from the Mustangs in the second half.  Goals in the second half came from Seth Romsa, Carlos Gonzalez, Josh Abplanalp and two from Ty Nieslen.  Mike Wolken was credited with an assist.  The final score to the friendly scrimmage was 11 - 2 in favor of the 2016 Mustangs.

Mustang Man of the Match: Briston Lowell for a hat-trick in the first half.

Match Facts - Shots - WWCC 28, Alum 17; Assists - WWCC 4, Alum 1; Saves - WWCC 5, Alum 10; Corner Kicks - WWCC 0, Alum 0; Free Kicks - WWCC 3, Alum 3; Cards - WWCC 0, Alum 0.

Up Next for the Mustangs; 1st Scrimmage for Mustangs at SLCC on Thursday August 11th