Monday, April 20, 2015

Co-Ed Intersquad Ends Scrimmage Date at Home

The end to Spring date #3 for the 2015 Mustangs was a Red vs White Co-Ed scrimmage at Rock Springs Junior High turf field.  The Red team was victorious on the scrimmage by a score of 6 - 4.  Goals on the day were scored by Jesse Cardenas, Pedro Salmeron, Colton Cottrell, Landon Jacobsen, Victor Alatorre, Chase Bybee, Zac Roper and Heather Proctor.  It was great playing experience and a great chance to work on many aspects of the game.  

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Bad Start Too Much to Overcome vs Utah State

Photos Courtesy of Jen Atkinson

 On Saturday April 18th the Western Wyoming Community College played a spring soccer scrimmage against the Utah State Men's Soccer in Rock Springs Wyoming at Rock Springs Junior High.
Sadly for WWCC, USU came out quickly and added two early goals in the first half against the Mustangs.  After about 10 minutes the match settled down and was a very good scrimmage.  Western was unlucky not to score on a Taylor Flitton free kick in the first half.  But did score off of a Landon Jacobsen header from a Flitton assist.  The halftime score was 2 -1 for Utah State.
In the second half of the scrimmage the Mustangs again started slow and gave up an early goal to put themselves in a 3 - 1 whole.  The Aggies scored again to give them a 3 goal lead.  WWCC fought back and scored a goal from a penalty kick by Colton Cottrell, the penalty was drawn by a great play in the box by Gunner Burrell.  The scrimmage got very exciting when Riley Gibson scored in the last 5 minutes to bring the score to 3 - 4 in favor of USU.  When the Mustangs looked to go forward and score a tying goal, they were countered and allowed another goal from USU for a final score of 3 - 5 for the Utah State Aggies.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Nathan Cutler A Mustang in 2012 and 2015

Photos Courtesy of Jen Atkinson
Nathan Cutler, a defender and a sophomore from Layton High in Layton Utah has signed his National Letter of Intent to play his second year of eligibility at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs WY.

Nathan is currently serving an LDS mission in Mexico.  He is set to return this summer before rejoining the Mustangs in training camp.

Cutler played for Western Wyoming Soccer his freshman year in 2012.  Cutler was an outside back and had a stellar year helping the Mustangs capture their first NJCAA Region IX title, West District tournament appearance and first NJCAA National Tournament appearance which was held in Albany GA.

Nathan was an integral part of the 2012 Mustangs as his stats prove; he had 17 Shots, 2 Goals, 2 Assists, 35 Fouls, 19 Starts and 54 Halves Played.

The 19 starts was very impressive for a freshman on such a talented squad.  Cutler demonstrates a good mix of speed, strength, soccer iq and athleticism.  Cutler can play as an outside back and an outside midfielder.  He will provide leadership, skill and championship experience to a very capable 2015 Western Wyoming soccer team.  He will help to control the tempo and possession with long attacking runs from the outside  He has the ability to play great defense while providing support to the midfield and has an offensive punch.

We look forward to his safe return and seeing Cutler again don the Mustang jersey and represent Western Wyoming Community College.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Recruit Class of 2015 - Seth Romsa - Kelly Walsh High

 Seth Romsa a soon to be graduate from Kelly Walsh High in Casper WY has signed his National Letter of Intent to play men's soccer for Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs WY.  Seth is a tall, strong, fast and athletic forward who is well known in the Wyoming High School soccer world.  Seth was a 2014 4A All-State selection, a 2013 4A Second Team All-State selection, a 2013 and 2014 4A West All-Conference selection and a 2012 4A Wyoming State Champion.

Romsa has also participated on club teams for the state of Wyoming playing in several tournaments.

Seth also is a high achiever in the classroom and community as should continue to provide the Mustangs with the type of person to bring pride to the team, the school and in the community.

Seth has scored more than 20 goals in his high school career so far and looks to add to that total as a senior.  Romsa also participated on the KWHS indoor track team as a sprinter in the short distance races.

Along with being a great goal scorer his 15 assists in three seasons of high school soccer are also very impressive, especially for a forward.

We at Western expect Seth Romsa to finish out his high school career the same way that he has always played, meaning play his hardest to do whatever he can to help out his team.  At Western in the fall Seth should fit in nicely as a forward who can win the ball, use his speed, create chances for himself and others and finish in front of the net.  Good luck to Seth and his fellow Trojans this season at KWHS and hopes for two wonderful years for Seth Romsa at Western Wyoming CC Men's Soccer.

Click here for some film on Seth from his junior year of high school.

Jesse Cardenas a Mustang Again

Photos Courtesy of Jesse Cardenas
 Gooding High alumnus from Gooding Idaho, Jesse Cardenas has re-signed to play his sophomore year at Western Wyoming Community College Men's Soccer Team.  Jesse had an outstanding freshman year complying the following stats; 41 Shots, 7 Goals, 4 Fouls, 15 Starts, 46 Halves Played.

Jesse Cardenas played as a forward and an outside midfielder his freshman year earning a 2nd Team All Region IX award as a forward.  Jesse even scored a hat trick his freshman year in a match versus Sheridan College in Rock Springs.  This spring Jesse has continued to improve his game and learn more of the subtleties of soccer.  He had an outstanding futsal tournament in Cheyenne in the start of March.  Cardenas was the leading scorer for the Mustangs at the LCCC futsal tournament.

Looking forward to the 2015-2016 season Jesse should give the Mustangs, speed, experience and versatility on the attack.  He should again have a terrific season for the Red, Black and White as well as continue to excel in the academic realm.  Western is lucky to again have the services of Jesse Cardenas again.

Braden Smith First Freshmen Recruit to Sign with Western Wyoming for the 2015-2016 year

Photos Courtesy of Smith Family
Braden Smith, a 2013 graduate from Lehi High School in Lehi Utah has signed his National Letter of Intent to play for the Western Wyoming Community College Men's Soccer team.  Braden is a defender who has primarily played as a center back.  As a Lehi Pioneer Braden enjoyed individual and team success winning the 4A Utah State Championship in 2010 and winning the 5A Utah State Championship in 2013.  LHS and Smith were also Region 8 Champions in 2010 and 2011, they also captured the Region 4 Championship in 2013.  Individually Braden was honored in 2013 on the 1st Team - All State for Deseret News, the 2nd Team- All State for the Salt Lake Tribune and Honorable Mention All Valley from the Daily Herald.  As a junior Braden was named Honorable Mention- All State from the Deseret News in 2012.  Braden was a captain for LHS in the 2013 season.

Smith also played for Arsenal Soccer Club were again team success and individual accolades followed Braden.  Arsenal and Braden were runners-up in the 2011 State Cup and quarter finalists in 2010 and 2012.  Braden was his club team captain for the 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons.

Besides being a great soccer player Braden is also a wonderful person and student off of the pitch.  He was a member of the LHS Cross Country team, a USSF Referee, an Eagle Scout and a recipient of the Hope of America Award in 2007.  Braden's bring to WWCC a great GPA and work habits which will help the Mustangs achieve their goal of having the highest NJCAA Men's Soccer GPA in the nation.  Braden is currently serving an LDS mission in the Tegucigalpa, Honduras Mission and will return stateside in the summer of 2015.

We at Western Wyoming believe that Smith can add depth, experience, maturity and toughness to a team that should return a lot of sophomore players.  We think that Braden can push for a starting position as a center back and could also be useful as an outside back or even a center defensive mid.  We are very excited to announce our first signee of the recruiting class of 2015.  For a video highlight of Braden's skills please click here.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Justin Gordon WIll Transfer to Western Wyoming

 Justin Gordon a defender who graduated from Billings West High in Billings Montana in 2014 will transfer to Western Wyoming Community College to play men's Soccer.  Justin was recruited by both Western Wyoming and Sheridan College while still in high school.  Justin has decided to transfer from Sheridan College to Western Wyoming.  Justin played his freshman year for the General's men's soccer team.  During his freshmen year he played in 9 different matches for Sheridan College and started 2 of those matches.

In the classroom Justin has proven that he can work hard to achieve his goals and will fit right into the Mustang way of setting high academic goals and fighting to reach them.  He will also bring a willingness to give of himself for the team and the community of Rock Springs.

At Western, we plan to utilize Justin's athleticism and leadership skills to fortify the back line of the defense whether it be at a center back or an outside back.  We also believe that Justin possesses the necessary skills to see minutes as an outside midfielder if the team calls upon him.  Justin will add experience, hard work and a team first attitude to the 2015 team.  We are excited to be adding Justin to the Mustang soccer team and the Western Wyo Soccer Family.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Taylor Flitton - 1st Team All Region Returning for Sophomore Year

Photos Courtesy of Jen Atkinson
Taylor Flitton, a 1st Team All Region Player for the 2014-2015 season as a defender, has re-signed to continue his playing career at Western Wyoming Community College.  Taylor is a graduate from Davis High School in Kaysville UT.  Taylor was an immediate starter for the WWCC team as a center back.  He started 18 matches and played in 35 halves.  He most likely would have started in and played in more matches if not for a sore knee that slowed him down towards the end of the season.  Remarkably as a center back he had 13 Shots and 4 Goals.  All of his goals came from free kicks, scoring on Northern Iowa Area CC, Sheridan College, Northwest College and LCCC.
Taylor has the skills to play in the midfield as well as a center back and an outside back.  He has worked out with the spring team and scrimmages in all those positions.  Flitton will have 4 year schools knocking on his door as he finishes out his Mustang career and leads the 2015-2016 Western team to be the best that they can be.