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.