Thursday, February 8, 2018

Zaxton Hillman a 2018 Mustang

 Zaxton Hillman a soon to be graduate from Stansbury High in Stansbury Park Utah has committed to play for the Western Wyoming Community College men's soccer team.

Zaxton' best position on the field is as a forward.  Hillman came to the WWCC campus in the fall of 2017 for a tryout.  Zaxton impressed with his size, speed and quickness.  He struck the ball well, showed that he could work well with other forwards and found good placement with his shots.

Western Wyoming is graduating their top 2 forwards from the 2017 season and need to find some size and skill to continue the longstanding WWCC tradition of forwards who perform well while at Western and find a 4 year school to play with.

Hillman plays with Elite FC where he has competed in many tournaments and placed well and won some competitions.  He played with Stansbury High for one year.  Besides soccer Zaxton has also participated with swimming teams.  He swam with his high school team and club swim team.  Swimming provided him with a way to improve his endurance for soccer.  Zaxton medaled twice last year at the UHSAA State Swimming Competition. 

Zaxton will fit in well at Western because he is an excellent student and achieved multiple academic awards while in high school.  Western is happy to have such a fine young man joins the men's soccer team and put on the Red, White and Black of the Mustangs.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Ryan Arevalo 1st to Sign with WWCC 2018 Soccer

 Ryan Arevalo from South Ogden UT and a soon to be graduate from Layton Christian Academy in Layton UT has signed his National Letter of Intent to play Men's Soccer at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs WY.

Ryan is a good student and will graduate high school with high academic honors.  Arevalo will enter WWCC with several college credit which he took from Weber State while are LCA.

Since his freshman year at LCA, Ryan has been a starter on the varsity soccer team and considers himself an all around field player.  He has also played comp soccer since his sixth grade year.  Arevalo played for both Surf and Forza.  With his comp teams Ryan and teammates have won multiple championships.

During his junior year at LCA Ryan scored 4 goals.  Two of his goals were during the Utah 2A state tournament.  He scored in the semifinal match and Ryan scored the only and winning goal in the 2017 Utah 2A state championship match.

Ryan came to the Western Wyoming campus in the fall and had a great individual tryout.  He showed a lot of potential to translate his game to the next level and be able to contribute right away to the WWCC program as a freshman.

We anticipate Ryan to play during his Mustang career in the midfield.  He possesses good vision and creativity.  Ryan could be used in the attacking mid role or as an outside midfielder.  He also has the skill sets necessary to even help out as a forward or even as an outside defender.

Arevalo continues a WWCC soccer family tradition as his sister Jessica recently completed her second year of eligibility as a Mustang.

 Congratulation to Ryan on becoming a Western Wyoming Mustang and good luck to him and his LCA teammates as they defend their 2A State Soccer crown this spring.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Monday, October 16, 2017

2017 Region IX Men's Soccer Tournament Matchups

Match #1
#1 North – Western Wyoming CC
#4 South – Northeastern JC
@ Rock Springs WY (10/21)

Match #2
#3 North – Northwest College
#2 South – Western Nebraska CC
@ Scottsbluff NE (10/21)

Match #3
#3 South – Otero JC
#2 North – Sheridan College
@ Sheridan WY (10/21)

Match #4
#4 North – LCCC
#1 South – Trinidad State JC
@ Trinidad CO (10/21)

Match #5 - Semifinal #1
Winner of Match #1
Winner of Match #2
@ Denver CO (10/27)

Match #6 - Semifinal #2
Winner of Match #3
Winner of Match #4
@ Denver CO (10/27)

Match #7 - Final
Semifinal Winner
Semifinal Winner
@ Denver CO (10/28)

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Mustangs Blown Away at Otero

On Saturday the Mustangs continued their Southern Colorado road trip in La Junta Co playing against the Rattlers of Otero Junior College.

As it was the last match of the regular season before the Mustangs hosted the #4 team from the south, Western was hoping to build some momentum with a win.  A crucial factor again in the match was the coin toss.  WWCC lost the coin toss and had to defend with a 30 plus constant win in their face for the first 45 minutes.  The Mustangs could not do much more than defend against a good opponent and the strong wind.  OJC did a good job of taking advantage of the wind and scored 2 goals in the first half.  The Rattler goals came in the 10th and 21st, the score at intermission was OJC 2 and WWCC 0.

Perhaps the dying wind now at their backs gave WWCC too much confidence for the final half, the Rattlers were able to find a nice counter attack and extend their lead to 3 goals when they scored in the 48th minute.  Western scored a goal from a penalty kick from Ramon Aparicio in the 58th minute.  The Mustangs threw everything that they could at the OJC defense but could not produce another goal.  The Rattlers scored two more goals, including one in the closing seconds of the match for a 5 to 1 win for Otero.  Dropping the match makes the record for the Mustangs be 7 – 11 – 1.

Mustang Man of the Match – Ramon Aparicio – for his penalty kick goal and stepping up in the midfield during the weekend in the absence of 2 starters.

Match Facts - Shots - WWCC 9, OJC 18; Assists - WWCC 0, OJC 3; Saves - WWCC 6, OJC 5; Corner Kicks - WWCC 4, OJC 8; Free Kicks - WWCC 13, OJC 9; Cards - WWCC 2, OJC 3.

Up Next for the Mustangs – Saturday October 21st – #4 Region IX South (TBA) – Rock Springs WY – Rock Springs Junior High

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Chances But No Goals versus Trinidad

On Friday in Trinidad Colorado the Mustangs from Western Wyoming Community College faced off with the current #1 seed for the Region IX South in Trinidad State Trojans.

The Mustangs came out like gangbusters creating several early opportunities in front of the Trojan goal.  Josh Abplanalp’s speed, Briston Lowell’s passing and the midfield’s quick counter attacking passes created most of the early chances for the Mustangs.  Sadly for WWCC none of these chances resulted in a goal.  In the 33rd minute of the match some bad luck hit Western as a ball was deflected off of a defender for an own goal.  The halftime score was TSJC 1 and WWCC 0.

In the second half the story of missed chances and opportunities again emerged for the Mustangs.  Camen Gray had a beautiful chance that beat the keeper but hit the post.  TSJC added a second goal in the 56th minute.  Despite a change in formation and tactics the Mustangs could not break the bad luck for the Mustangs in front of goal.  The match would end in a 2 to 0 victory for the Trojans.  With the road loss the 2017 Mustang record is now 7 – 10 – 1.

Mustang Man of the Match – Joe Venhaus for a great game, having 6 saves and only allowing TSJC (a great offensive team) one true goal.

Match Facts - Shots - WWCC 7, TSJC 20; Assists - WWCC 0, TSJC 0; Saves - WWCC 6, TSJC 4; Corner Kicks - WWCC 5, TSJC 6; Free Kicks - WWCC 13, TSJC 11; Cards - WWCC 1, TSJC 1.
Up Next for the Mustangs – Saturday October 14th at La Junta CO versus Otero Junior College – regular season finale

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Victory with Two Late Goals for Western

On Wednesday the Mustangs hosted the Trappers of Northwest College at Rock Springs High School.  The Mustangs were looking to win all of their Region IX North home matches.  More importantly if the Mustangs could win the match they would wrap up the Region IX North regular season Championship.

Northwest scored first in the 11th minute to take a lead in the match.  Western answered quickly in the 14th minute when Carlos Gonzalez hit a shot in the top of the goal from a Colton Harrison cross and a Javier Arvayo redirection.  It was a hard fight first half and the score at the break was 1 to 1.

Northwest also scored first in the second half in the 78th minute.  When it looked like the Trappers might sneak out of Rock Springs with a win, Western scored a match tying goal in the 87th minute.  The tying goal came from a Danny Becerra free kick which was headed and knocked over the Northwest keeper by Josh Abplanalp.  The Mustangs had been playing very well leading up to the goal so a quick decision was made to continue with their current formation and player positions.  Just one minute later the Mustangs scored again.  Again it was a header goal, this time from Colton Harrison.  The assist on the third Mustang goal was from Jesse Lopez.  WWCC did a marvelous job of keeping Northwest as far away for the Mustang goal in the last 2 minutes of play and Western came from behind for a 3 to 2 win.  The win improves the Mustang record to 7 - 9 - 1, but most importantly the Mustangs 2017 Region IX North Record will stand at 5 - 2 - 1.  The victory ensure a home playoff match for Western, the 4th year in a row (the only team in Region IX North to accomplish this feat).  It also means that the 2017 WWCC Mustangs will ever be known as the Region IX North Champions.

Mustang Man of the Match: Colton Harrison for his first assist but most importantly for the match winning goal.

Match Facts - Shots - WWCC 8, NWC 14; Assists - WWCC 4, NWC 2; Saves - WWCC 3, NWC 4; Corner Kicks - WWCC 3, NWC 6; Free Kicks - WWCC 10, NWC 8; Cards - WWCC 2, NWC 1.

Up Next for the Mustangs; Friday October 13th vs Trinidad State Junior College in Trinidad CO.

The 2017 Sophomores - Sophomore Recognition

#4 - Josh Abplanalp

#5 - Mike Wolken

#7 - Zac Roper

#9 - Briston Lowell

#10 - Carlos Gonzalez

#12 - Camen Gray

#18 - Matthew Ochoa

#19 - Danny Becerra

2017 Sophomores