Friday, May 26, 2017

Honor Roll for 2016-2017 Mustangs

The following WWCC Soccer players have been or will soon be named to the following Honor Rolls after the 2017 Spring Semester.

Dean's Honor Roll (3.25-3.99)
Ben Kunz
Mike Wolken

President's Honor Roll (4.00)
Briston Lowell
Tanner Trumble

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

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Awards for Incoming Mustangs

 Congratulations are in store for three of the incoming freshmen to the WWCC soccer program.

Kade Moeller was named to the 4A West 1st Team as a forward.  Kade was also named 4A 1st Team All State.  Moeller was also a 4A 1st Team All State player in 2016.

Kenyon Comstock was named to the 4A West 1st Team as a defender.  Kenyon was also named 4A 2nd Team All State.

Jack Stout was named to the 4A West 1st Team as a midfielder.  Jack was also named 4A 1st Team All State.

Congratulations to these young men on well deserved awards and recognition.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Kenyon Comstock With Western in 2017-2018

Photos from the Rocket Miner and SweetwaterNow

Kenyon Comstock from Rock Springs Wyoming and a very soon to be graduate of Rock Springs High is ready to play college soccer with the Mustangs of Western Wyoming Community College.

Kenyon is a defender with a huge upside in regards to the collegiate game.  He possesses great quickness and speed.  Comstock is blessed with good height and strength both on the ground and in the air.  His senior season for RSHS Kenyon was called upon to be a center back for the Tigers.  He was a man among high school boys as he anchored one of the best defenses in the Cowboy state.  Comstock was a captain on a team that won a 4A West Regional Tournament title and had the third best goal differential in the state of Wyoming, including conceding the least amount of goals in 4A Soccer during the regular season.  The RSHS boy's soccer team had one of their best seasons; winning the Pinnacle Cup Tournament in Worland Wyoming and reclaiming the Sweetwater Cup over their bitter rivals from Green River.

Before the 2017 spring season Kenyon played as an outside back for the RSHS Tigers.  For the WWCC Mustangs Kenyon will most likely get a chance to hit the field first as an oustide back.  Using his pace and long accurate passing to open up the Mustang attack from deep and wide positions.  He should also do very well for WWCC as a center back, having gained a ton of experience at center back this season.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Second Sophomore Striker of 2017 - Josh Abplanalp

Josh Abplanalp a 2014 graduate from Morgan High in Morgan Utah will again be a part of the Western Wyoming CC Men's Soccer team for the fall 2017 season.

Josh is an attacking player who had a great career at Morgan High and Wasatch Soccer Club.  Josh primarily played as a forward and an attacking mid for club and high school.  After high school Josh served a 2 year LDS mission in Peru. 

As a freshmen Josh amassed 15 Shots, 5 Goals, 22 Fouls, 11 Starts, and 44 Halves Played.  Josh played almost exclusively as a striker for the Mustangs.  Josh was a Region IX North Second Team forward for his work during his first year at WWCC.  He did most of his scoring against other Region IX North teams.  Scoring against Sheridan College in both meetings and also in the home match versus Northwest College.

In the spring 2017 scrimmage season Abplanalp scored three goals.  Scoring against the U of U club team, the winning score versus UVU club and in the Red vs White scrimmage.

Josh does a great job of using his speed and size to put immediate pressure on the back line of the opposition.  Josh has created many a dangerous situation from pressing the ball.  We are still working with Josh to improve his speed of play with the ball at his feet, to improve his timing with his teammates.  We would also like to see him use his other teammates in the attack and accrue some assists in the 2017 fall season.

We are so excited to have Josh return to continue to be a consistent attacking force for Western.  Abplanalp is set to have a record year as he continue to improve and understand the team concepts we are trying to teach.  We are so happy to welcome back Josh Abplanalp.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Mike Wölken Returns for Sophomore Year

Mike Wölken a 2016 graduate from Mountain View High School in Orem UT has once again signed a National Letter of Intent to play college soccer at Western Wyoming Community College.

During his first year as a Mustang Mike amassed the following stats; 5 Shots, 2 Assists, 25 Fouls, 24 Starts and 48 Halves Played.

During the fall 2016 season Mike mainly played as an outside back.  He started every match for the Mustangs in his freshmen year.  Mike possesses great speed and endurance both aspects that help him to be a an outstanding defender able to go up and down the sidelines with ease.

In the spring season Mike has grown both as a player and as a leader.  He has shown great leadership for his fellow classmates and for the benefit of the program.  Wölken has also demonstrated his ability to add to the Mustang attack this spring with long runs and becoming involved with set pieces.  Mike even scored off of a corner kick during the spring season.

This coming fall we on Mike being an integral part of what we are building not only as a player but as a student and a team leader.  Mike is a Criminal Justice major and is on track to graduate in May of 2017.  Welcome back Mike we look forward to another year of your stellar play in the WWCC Mustang Red, White and Black.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Jack Stout - 2017 WWCC Mustang Soccer Player

Photos from Rocket Miner, SweetwaterNow and Casper Star Tribune
Jack Stout a soon to be graduate from Rock Springs High School in Rock Springs WY has decided to continue his soccer career along with his academic pursuits at Western Wyoming Community College.

Jack is a physically gifted young man who impressed the Western coaching staff while at a tryout in Rock Springs during the winter months.  Stout showed great composure on the ball regardless of the situation during the tryout.  He had good touch on the ball and was easily able to his teammates through his vision and his passing accuracy.

Jack and his RSHS teammates have had a great regular season earning a #1 seed in the Wyoming 4A West and an automatic birth in the Wyoming State Soccer Cup in 2 weeks.  Jack acts as a captain on the 2017 RSHS boy's soccer team.  He is playing as a center defensive midfielder.  Jack often draws the task of man marking the opponents' best player.  Even though he is given an defensive assignment he still has found some moments to go forwards and get into the attack.  So far in the 2017 season Jack has 2 goals and 2 assists.

In 2016 Jack was a member of the 4A West Wyoming All Region soccer team.  Along with being named All region last year he was also a member of the 2nd Team All State team for 4A players in the state of Wyoming.  We are expecting more individual awards for Stout at the end of the 2017 spring season.  The RSHS Tigers are currently ranked #1 in the Casper Star Tribune Power Rankings for Wyoming Boy's Soccer and #4 in the WyoPreps Coaches Poll.  We wish the Tigers good luck this weekend in Casper at regionals and again next weekend in Sheridan at the State tournament.

For the Mustangs Stout could play several positions for the 2017 WWCC team.  Jack has the smarts and the physicality to play as a center back.  He also has the speed and 1 on 1 defensive skills to be an outside back for the Mustangs.  Along with the aforementioned skills Stout also has the positioning, possession and passing ability to play as a midfielder especially a center defensive mid.

Jack is planning on earning his Associates Degree from Western Wyoming in Secondary Education.  He would like to teach Biology in the future.  Jack said, “It’s a great program and close to home.  I think next year WWCC will have a great team and it’s the best choice for me to be successful in the future.”

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

2017 Sophomore Striker - Briston Lowell

Briston Lowell from Middleton Idaho and Middleton High School has signed his second National Letter of Intent to finish his NJCAA soccer career playing for the Western Wyoming Community College Mustangs.

As a freshmen with WWCC Briston had 29 Shots, 6 Goals, 9 Fouls, 23 Starts and 48 Halves Played.  Briston played in all 24 matched if the 2016 Western Wyoming fall season.  His only missed start was due to a twisted ankle that hampered him at the beginning of the match.  Lowell and Grayson Barnes were the leading scorer for the 2016 fall Mustangs.

Briston plays mainly as a forward but can be utilized as an attacking mid or an outside midfielder if the need was presented for the team.  The 2017 spring has brought a leadership position to Briston as he was asked to be a Spring 2017 team captain.  

This spring Briston scored 1 goal and assisted on 2 goals.   He played a lot of the spring as an attacking midfielder and forward.  Briston continue to be dominant in the air and uses his powerful left foot to terrorize the opposition's keeper and back line.  We are so happy to have Briston make for the 2017 fall season.  Briston is majoring in General Studies and plans to graduate in December of 2017 before pursuing his further academic at a 4 year university.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Daniel Pelayo Will Mind Mustang Nets in 2017

Photo and quotes from Blackfoot Journal.Com
Liam Pope, the Blackfoot High Soccer coach, said "Pelayo’s most valuable asset is his ability to take charge of his defense.  For his position, you’ve got to be confident and vocal.  He was that vocal leader on the field. He’ll be confident. He’ll go and start organizing defenders. He’ll be loud, and that’s what you want from a goalkeeper at the next level.”

“I feel like I’m blessed to be able to do this sport at the next level,” Pelayo said. “I’m just excited to be able to play ball.”

Daniel will come onto a Western Wyoming team that needs some stability in the goalkeeping position.  He will have a chance to compete for a starting position from the start of training camp.  His height, quick reflexes and team organization will help his chances to lead the Mustang defense and back line.  Daniel's academic pursuits include Biology and Electrician.  We expect big things out of Daniel as a player and a leader for the team in 2017 and beyond.