Friday, July 31, 2015

Mitch Jensen - 1st Team All Region Return to Mind Mustang Nets

Photos Courtesy of Jen Atkinson

 Mitch Jensen who played for Western Wyoming Community College in 2012 has returned from serving an LDS mission in England and has agreed to again play for the Mustangs in 2015.  Jensen is a 2012 graduate of Davis High in Kaysville Utah.

As a freshman in 2012 Jensen had a banner year.  Not only was Mitch a 1st Team All Region IX Keeper but was also voted as the NJCAA National Tournament Keeper while WWCC competed at the tournament in Albany GA.

During 2012 Mitch compiled the following stats; 168 Saves, 38 Goals Allowed, 81% Save Percentage, 28 Starts, 53 Halves Played, 15 Wins and 4 ShutoutsMitch also saw some action as a field player in 2012, his stats were; 4 Shots, 2 Goals and 1 Half Played.

Mitch possesses all the intangibles for a keeper to have success, his quick reactions saves are super quick.  He has speed to quickly close down on through balls and attacking players.  Jensen's vertical leaping ability is superb.  Probably the most impressive qualities he has are the ability to read the game ahead of him and his leadership on and off of the field.

Western is hoping for another great year for Mitch on and off of the field. He has the ability to be one of the better keepers in the NJCAA this year.  He is one of many sophomores on the 2015 team that need to play his game and lift the level of play of those around him.

A record that Mitch holds at Western is blocking 10 penalty kicks during 1 season.  This does include 2 penalty kick shootouts in post season play.  Mitch won 14 matches in a year as keeper and we hope to add onto that total this year. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Alex Sorenson from LHS to Western Wyoming

 Alex Sorenson a recent graduate from Lehi Utah and Lehi High School is set to join the Western Wyoming Community College Men's Soccer team. 

Alex was an integral part of the Lehi Pioneer Soccer success the 2015 season.  The LHS boy's soccer team made it to the 5A Utah State Semi-Finals.  In the Semi-Finals Alex and the Pioneers feel 1 - 0 in sudden victory overtime to the eventual champions Alta High.  As a senior Alex was near the top of the scoring column for his LHS team compiling 6 goals in 2015.  His 6 goals were second most on the Lehi team.  Sorenson even scored 2 goals in a playoff win against Viewmont.

As a junior Alex and LHS were not as successful losing in the first round of the 5A playoffs in 2014.  Alex tallied 1 goal during his junior campaign.

Alex will re-unite with several Lehi players at Western; Braden Smith, Riley Gibson and Landon Jacobsen.

We at Western expect Alex to use his skills on the soccer pitch to play in attacking and wide areas.  He has a knack for goal and a great sense on when to attack and when to possess.  We anticipate that bulk of his playing time will be as an outside midfielder but he could also help out as a forward or either center midfielder.

Sorenson will be a great addition to a strong 2015 WWCC team both on and off the field.  Alex brings a strong work ethic to the pitch and in the classroom.  He should fit in nicely with the Mustangs.  Congrats on opportunity to continue to play the game that you love.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Riley Gibson - 2nd Team All Region Suits Up again for Mustangs

Photos Courtesy of Jen Atkinson
Riley Gibson a rising sophomore from Lehi Utah is again ready to put on the Red, White and Black Jerseys for the Western Wyoming Mustangs Men's Soccer team for the fall 2015 season.

The 2014 season was Gibson's freshman year, he was voted as a 2nd Team All Region Forward as a Freshman.  His season totals for 2014 were; 45 Shots, 8 Goals, 3 Assists, 38 Fouls, 18 Starts and 44 Halves Played.

As a freshman Riley led the Mustangs in goals scored, shots and offensive points.  He is a good size forward with a plethora of skills that make him a dangerous player.  He possess good speed, physicality, an outside shot and pinpoint accuracy.

The spring of his freshman year Riley worked very hard on becoming a better header of the ball and a better distributor to his teammates.  His hard work paid off as he was excellent during the team's spring scrimmages.  In the spring he had 3 goals and 2 assists in 4 scrimmages.

We expect Riley to continue to do want the team needs him to do.  To play at any position and in any scheme.  Riley should have as good if not better year this fall statistically for the Mustangs.  His ability to hold up play and draw defenders for the Mustangs will be instrumental for the Western attack this season.  Congrats Riley on a second season and we wish you the best.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Our Colors 2015-2016

Our New White Kit

Our Red Kit
Our Black Kit
Our Alternate Kit - Grey

Our Personalized Jerseys - 5th Kit
Our Design for Team T-Shirts - 10th Anniversary of Mustang Soccer

 We will also have a Black Warmup Jersey this season.  We also have red, white and black shorts and we have red, white, black and grey socks.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

From Overseas to Rock Springs and WWCC - Grayson Barnes

Photos Courtesy of Barnes Family
Grayson Barnes who graduated from Singapore American School has committed to play men's soccer at Western Wyoming Soccer.  Grayson has lived in Singapore for 3 years because of his father's employment. Grayson says, " I am very well traveled. I have been to Thailand, Cambodia, India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Fiji. Before I lived in Singapore, I lived in Houston Texas for 6 years and before that I lived in England for 3 years."

Barnes was a member of the Singapore American School soccer team that won the 2014-2015 Interscholastic Association of Southeast Asian Schools (IASAS) Championship.  Grayson helped out his SAS team with 2 assists in the final, one assist in the last minute and the other being the assist on the game winning golden goal.  Here is a link to Barnes' assists in the IASAS Championship.  The IASAS Championship consists of American schools from Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan.  For the 2014-2015 season Grayson registered 3 goals and 7 assists over a 16 game season.  

Barnes is a versatile player that can play many positions due to club trainings in early years. His dominant positions are right midfield, left midfield and striker. Barnes plans to major in General Studies. His height helps him be very capable in the air.  Grayson's pace is another strength on the field.   Grayson adds, "I love to take the outside defender 1v1 and put in a cross. I am a leader on the field, I am very passionate about soccer even creating a Sunday league team in Singapore that I started on my own. I love to take responsibility in my own hands and work hard for the team."

We are happy and excited to add another quality person and player to our team this fall.  We look forward to the experiences that Grayson can add to the squad and his leadership as we aim high in our academic, service and athletic goals this season.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Tanner Trumble Signs with Western Wyo Soccer

Photos Courtesy of Trumble Family
The recent Green River High School graduate Tanner Trumble has signed his National Letter of Intent to play men's soccer for the Western Wyoming Community College Mustangs.

Tanner is one of the most talented players in the state of Wyoming, the proof being a three time 4A West All Conference Player and twice being a 4A 1st Team All State Player.

Trumble is also an excellent student earning multiple honors for his academics.  We expect him to continue to work hard on his studies and continue to earn recognition for his hard work.

GRHS head soccer coach Chris Bieber raved about Tanner's leadership, character, feet and ability on the field.  Coach Bieber also could not say anything bad about Tanner as a person or his conduct off of the field.

As a midfielder his senior year Tanner tallied 19 goals, which was 2nd best for 4A players in the state of Wyoming for 2015.  The leading 4A scorer had 20 goals.  Trumble also notched 5 assists during his senior season which was 10th best in 4A for the Cowboy state.  Tanner almost tripled both his goal scoring and assists from his junior year (7 goals and 2 assists in 2014).

One of the amazing things about Tanner's scoring his senior year was that he played a center defensive mid about half of the season.  As the season progressed he was moved to more of a true center midfielder and even to an attacking midfielder.  He scored from scrums in the box, long shots and using his size and aerial ability to head home the ball.  He often was double teamed on set pieces yet he always seemed to win the ball and get an opportunity on frame.

We at Western are so excited to have an excellent player, student and young man join our ranks.  We know that Tanner will do his best to represent himself, his family and the school well.  We see Tanner playing mainly in the midfield in any of our 4 positions.  His size, speed and skill make it possible for him to see time basically anywhere on the field, he would be great as a forward and could even fill in on the back line if called upon to do so.  But the midfield is where we think his talents will shine the best.

Tanner is the younger brother of Tyler Trumble who played for the Mustangs during the 2013 season.  Like his older brother Tanner will wear the #14 for the Red, White and Black.  His parents are Toby and Naomi and they are a great support to their sons but also the team and program.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Conner Cutler Signs with WWCC

Photos Courtesy of Cutler Family
Conner Cutler a recent graduate from Layton High in Layton UT has signed his National Letter of Intent to play soccer for the Western Wyoming Community College Mustangs.

Conner had an awesome senior year, starting for the Layton High team that won the Region 1 regular season championship in 5A Utah Soccer.  Conner and the LHS Lancers had their last two seasons stopped in the 5A State Semi-finals.  This season losing 1 - 0 to the eventual state runners-up Brighton High.

Cutler has good size, speed and athleticism.  He will most likely be asked to play as an outside defender for the Mustangs this season.  Conner possesses the skill and the attacking disposition to help us out as an outside midfielder or even an defensive center mid.

We were very impressed with Conner's ability both in his tryout at Western and in the matches that we saw hm play including the State Semi-finals.  He is not afraid to play physical but makes sure that he does not put his team at risk.  His positioning is spot on to help us build our attacks and add depth from wide positions.

Another strength to Conner's game is his heading ability.  We expect him to clear many headers for the Mustang defense this year and to hopefully get a shot or two on frame from set pieces.

Conner is the younger brother of Nate Cutler who will also be playing on the squad this fall.  This will be the first brother combination to play at the same time for the Western Wyoming Soccer team.

We know that by adding Conner Cutler to the Western Wyoming Soccer Family we are adding a quality person, student and soccer player.  The sky is the limit for this young man and we anticipate many great things from him.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Kortny Lancaster Returns to WWCC Soccer

Photos Courtesy of Jen Atkinson
Kortny Lancaster a 2011 Rock Springs High graduate from Rock Springs WY has committed to play again for Western Wyoming Mustang Soccer.  Kortny played his freshman season for Western Wyoming in the fall of 2011.  Kortny has been working in the community and he also served a two year LDS mission to Guatemala.

As a freshman at Western Kortny played as a central defender and recorded 2 shots, 1 assist, started 1 match and played in 22 halves.

Kortny is a big body with good touch on the ball and the ability to win a lot of the balls in the air.  He uses anticipation and soccer knowledge to help him to be in good positions as a center back.  We also anticipate that Kortny can find playing time as an outside defender and a center defensive mid.  He is a very positive influence and a great teammate.

Kortny is a great student and was a Pre-Med Major at Western.  We know that he will continue to strive to do well in the academic realm and lead the 2015 Mustangs towards a NJCAA academic team award.

Kortny's parents are Tom and Jan, his siblings are; Aspen, Brook and Seth.  His older brother Seth was also a WWCC Mustang during the 2006 season.

As a high school student Kortny used his physical size and skill to letter 3 times for Rock Springs High Soccer.  He helped the RSHS Tigers appear two times at the Wyoming State Cup during his three years as a varsity athlete.

We are excited to have Kortny back in the Western Wyoming Mustang Soccer family and know that he will continue to work hard and do whatever is necessary to help the team succeed.