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

Friday, August 4, 2017

Tanner Trumble Joins the 2017 WWCC Men's Soccer Coaching Staff

Tanner Trumble a recent graduate from Western Wyoming Community College has been hired to be an assistant coach for the 2017 Western Wyoming Men's Soccer Mustangs.

Tanner had a stellar career with the Western Wyo Mustangs, starting 44 matches in his career - the 5th most in WWCC soccer history.  Trumble was also a Team Captain, the 2016 Team MVP, 1st Team Region IX Defender and a 2016-2017 NJCAA 1st Team Academic All American.

Coach Trumble will help out the team using his expertise to solidify the defense for the 2017 Mustangs.  Tanner will also be also in charge of keeping the players in game ready shape through the conditioning in our training sessions.  Welcome aboard Tanner and we know that you will excel at this position and help the 2017 Mustangs reach their potential on and off of the field.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

NJCAA Academic Awards

Two members of the Western Wyoming Community College 2016-2017 Men's Soccer team have earned recognition for their academic work and achievement in the classroom.

Sophomore Tanner Trumble - NJCAA All Academic First Team

Freshman Briston Lowell - NJCAA All Academic Third Team

Congratulations to these young men and what they were able to achieve.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Saturday, July 8, 2017

2016 All Region Danny Becerra Back for WWCC in 2017

 Danny Becerra from Jackson Wyoming has again committed to play soccer at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs WY for his sophomore year.  Danny was a 2016 graduate from JHHS in Jackson and had a stellar high school career.

Danny's freshman year for the Mustangs was a great one for Becerra.  During the 2016 season Danny mainly played as an outside defender.  He played as the left back for the WWCC team.  Becerra had 16 Shots, 2 Assists, 17 Fouls, 21 Starts, 46 Halves Played during his first year at Western.  Both of his assists on the season came and clutch times for the Mustangs.  Danny's first assist was for a late game winning goal against Air Force Prep and his second assist was the lone goal of the day when WWCC hosted Sheridan College.  Becerra was also a part of the game tying goal in the Region IX quarterfinals when his ball was the secondary assist to Grayson Barnes' first goal on the day.

Danny also received accolades from his teammates and opposing teams and coaches for his 2016 season.  Danny was voted as the 2016 WWCC Men's Soccer Defensive MVP.  Becerra was also a 2016 Honorable Mention All Region IX North Defensive player.

In the spring season Danny continued to improve and grow as a player and a team leader.  In the Mustang's Intersquad scrimmage to end the spring 2016 season Danny volunteered to play keeper for his team.  Even though his team missed his skills as a field player on the day he stepped up and played his role for the day very well.

As we look forward to the 2017 fall season we know that Danny Becerra can hold done the left back or right back position for WWCC.  He has the motor to get up and done the field along with the skills to match any attacking player that he may face.  We are happy to have Danny back with Western Wyoming Soccer for the 2017-2018 school year.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Joe Venhaus will be a Keeper for WWCC Mustangs

Joseph Venhaus from Providence Utah and a recent graduate from InTech Collegiate High School has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his soccer playing career at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs Wyoming.

Even though Joe attended and graduate from InTech Collegiate High he played high school soccer at Ridgeline High School in Millville, Cache Valley, Utah.  He just played his senior year, 2017, at Ridgeline High as it was the initial year for the new high school in the valley.

Venhaus played for several club teams while in his youth including; the Piranhas and the Wolverines, where he started to play keeper 100% of the time.  Lastly he played with Aggies FC.  Joe played the last year and a half for Aggies FC before he started to play for the RHS Riverhawks.

Joe helped out the Riverhawks to an amazing season with an overall record of 15 wins and 2 losses.  Venhaus recorded six shutout victories on the season.  Joe only allowed 16 goals over 17 matches in the 2017 high school season.

Joe and the Ridgeline Riverhawks finished the regular season in first place for Region 11.  They followed up a great regular season with a stellar run through the UHSAA 3A State Soccer Tournament.  Ridgeline defeated; Cedar High in the first round of the playoffs, Stansbury High in the quarterfinals and Snow Canyon High in the state semifinals.  Joe and his RHS teammates capped off their season with a 2 - 1 double overtime victory over Juan Diego High in Rio Tinto Stadium to capture the 3A UHSAA state championship.

Venhaus was just recently named to the Deseret News Honorable Mention 3A All State team as a keeper.

Western is not only getting a keeper that can come to campus in August and immediately push for a starting role along with Daniel Pelayo but Joe is also a wonderful student.  Joe has maintained a high school GPA above 3.3 during his prep career.  We welcome Joe and wish him well as he starts this chapter of his soccer playing career.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Camen Gray Center Back with Mustangs in 2017

Camen Gray from Morgan UT has signed once again to play for the Mustangs of Western Wyoming Community College Men's Soccer team.

Camen joined the WWCC soccer team in January of 2016 after serving a 2 year LDS church mission to Eastern Europe (Albania).  Camen is a 2013 graduate from Morgan High School in Morgan Utah.  Camen played for the Trojans of MHS on both the soccer and basketball teams.

Camen was a great addition to the 2016 Mustang team seeing most of his time from off of the bench mainly as a forward.  Gray also saw time as an outside mid and an outside back.  During his freshman campaign Camen had 3 Shots, 2 Fouls and 24 Halves Played.

The spring season of 2017 brought a position change for Camen.  After much consideration of his skills and the team's needs Camen was asked to be a center back for the spring team.  Gray did an exceptional job for the spring team, he played almost every minute of every scrimmage as a center back.  He showed great athleticism, speed and poise.  His height and willingness to win balls in the air are both positives as he was becoming a true center back.  Camen along with the rest of the WWCC back line played very well throughout the spring and especially during the last full scrimmage versus the UVU club team in Orem UT.  Camen was part of the defense that earned a shutout on that day.

Camen is an Accounting Major at Western Wyoming Community College.  He plans on graduating from WWCC in December of 2017.  Camen was married in May of 2017 and he and his wife plan on continuing their education at another school soon after he graduates.  Camen has always been a good student, finding himself on the Presidential Honor Roll before while continuing to maintain an overall GPA that his well above 3.0.

As we are approaching the Fall 2017 season the expectations of Camen and the rest of the Mustangs are very high.  Gray should see a lot of playing time in the fall as he competes with the other center backs (Jack Stout, Matthew Ochoa and Karson Liddell) on the roster for a starting role and playing time.  Good luck to Camen as he keeps learning the role of a center back while completing his Associates Degree this fall.