Thursday, April 17, 2014

Youth Soccer Camps

Eric Walker, Devian Kurete and Kyle Mivshek help out the RSSA U12 WWCC Academy (April 16th)
The Western Wyoming Mustangs have had their schedules full this month as they give back to the youth in the Rock Springs WY community.  April 5th, Free Day at Western Wyoming Community College, the men's soccer team volunteered and but on two free clinics for the youth.  Both had good attendance from the community and also from the team.  The men's soccer team was also able to help out with the obstacle course in Rushmore Gymnasium afterwards.  Also starting April 7th the WWCC men's and women's soccer teams have volunteered their time and expertise for a three week academy for the local Rock Springs Soccer Association U12 teams.  The fundamentals of soccer have been taught and practiced so that they youth teams will be ready for their first games of the season on Saturday April 26th.

Mustangs Strengthened by SIgning of Rico Mendez

Rico Mendez a rising sophomore from Gooding ID has again signed on to play for the Western Wyoming Community College Mustangs in the fall 2014 season.  Rico has a wonderful freshman campaign with 5 goals and 7 assists.  Rico would have had more goals and assists but was hampered by a nagging injury most of the last half of the season.  He still impressed most of the coaches in the region as he was voted as 1st team All Region IX Forward as a freshman.  Rico possesses wonderful speed and a wicked shot.  We may look for him to even play a little bit more in the midfield to ensure that he gets more touches on the ball.  His sophomore campaign should be a spectacular one.

Chandler Young a 2014 Western WY Mustang

Chandler Young a soon to be sophomore at Western Wyoming has signed another National Letter of intent to play his sophomore season for the Red and Black.  Young was a 2013 graduate from Layton High and helped lead them to a Region title and a run in the 5A Utah playoffs.  His freshman year he split time between an outside defender and a center defensive midfielder.  He had 10 shots, a goal and 9 starts.  Chandler will more than likely be used primarily as a midfielder both center defensive mid and attacking mid during his sophomore year.  Chandler has a competitive spirit and will to win which helps him and his team to succeed.  We expect great things from Chandler as we watch him mature both on and off the field and play his best for the Mustangs.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring Scrimmage Date #1 at Logan Utah

On Saturday in Logan UT the spring 2014 scrimmage season kicked off.  The Mustangs played first against the Weber State Wildcats.  The Mustangs looked nervous and sloppy on the ball throughout much of the first half.  Western had a few opportunities but were kept scoreless in the first half.  The Wildcats were able to sneak two goals past the Mustang keeper, Eric Walker, in the first 45 minutes for a 2 - 0 halftime lead.  The Mustangs made some great adjustments at the half and looked like an entirely different team.  Western got on the scoreboard first in the second half with a goal from Rico Mendez and an assist from Zach Plitt.  The goal was in the 60th minute and Western felt that they were right back in the match.  Sadly the Wildcats answered quickly off of a corner and built their lead to 3 to 1.  Weber State added another goal before the end of the match to secure a 4 to 1 victory.
The second match of the day was against the host Utah State Aggies.  Rico Mendez netted his second goal of the spring in the 3rd minute from a Vitor Nazareth assist.  The lead stuck for the rest of the half and the Mustangs went into the break with a 1 - 0 lead.  The Aggies played a little better in the second half and the Mustangs a little too confident which lead to the Mustangs conceding two goals and lose the lead 2 to 1.  Colton Cottrell switched from a center back to a forward with about 7 minutes in the match to try to find the equalizer.  His pressure helped as Tyler Trumble was fouled in the penalty box and Colton Cottrell nailed the penalty kick with 3 minutes to play.  The Mustangs almost stole a victory on the road when a Rico Mendez pass was kicked by Devian Kurete into the back post with seconds left in the match.  The match after 90 minutes ended in a tie.  For fun the two teams decided to go to penalty kicks, Eric Walker was the WWCC keeper.  The penalty kicks went for 9 rounds with USU converting on 8 of the kicks and WWCC only 7.  Kickers for Western were; Colton Cottrell, Devian Kurete, Brock Mosier, Vitor Nazareth, Chris Elizondo, Kyle Seljaas
Mustangs in action at BYU spring 2014
, Rico Mendez, Zach Plitt and Phil Angerhofer.  Overall a very good first scrimmage date for the Western Wyoming Mustangs - Up next scrimmage date #2 - Saturday April 26th - Pocatello ID

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Colton Cottrell the Newest Mustang

 Colton Cottrell a graduate from Davis High has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the 2014 - 2015 Western Wyoming Mustangs.  Colton is an extremely versatile player as he played almost everywhere on the pitch for his high school team and his club team.  Colton served an LDS mission to Brazil after high school.  Colton has joined the Mustangs and enrolled at Western Wyoming for the spring semester of 2014.  Colton has excelled at center back this spring but has the skills to play a forward, midfielder or an outside back at the collegiate level.  We are very excited to have such a great player and person to join us on our quest for another Region IX title and our march for a NJCAA title.

Mosier a Mustang for 2014

Brock Mosier a rising sophomore who played for the 2013 WWCC Mustang has recently signed his National Letter of Intent to play for the 2014 version of the Western Wyoming team.  Brock had a very eventful freshman campaign with 20 starts, 20 shots, 4 goals and an assist.  Brock has continued his stellar play as we have trained this spring.  Brock has been named as a spring captain for the Mustangs.  We expect a superb sophomore season for Brock at either an outside mid or attacking mid.  Well done Brock!

Devian Kurete Back Again for WWCC

Devian Kurete a soon to be sophomore from Evanston Wyoming has decided to resign for his second season as a Mustang.  Kurete's freshman campaign has riddled with nagging injuries but was still able to get 2 starts.  Devian is a true forward and has shown the knack to finish in front of goal so far this spring in training sessions.  The sky is the limit for this young man and we expect great things as he remains healthy and plays to the potential that he has.  Congrats go out to Devian.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Uintah Ute to Become a Western Wyoming Mustang

Spencer Seitz an attacking player from Uintah High in Vernal Utah has committed to play for the Mustangs in the upcoming 2014 fall season.  Spencer is a 5'7" forward and outside midfielder will fit perfectly into either the Western midfield or the forward line.  He possesses a drive and tenacity that very few player have.
We expect him to continue his scoring ways and winning ways in college.  Currently Spencer has scored 19 goals and counting in his Uintah Utes career.   Seitz was a 2nd team All State selection, was the MVP of the Utes and been a team captain for 4 years running.  Some other worthwhile soccer accomplishments of Spencer are; he has been leading goal scorer and set up man for UHS for 3 years now.  He was the third leading scorer in his region last season.  Seitz has also been athlete of the month for the Utes and nominated for Academic All-State.
The Mustangs are happy to have such a great player, student and young man to continue to build the Mustangs into one of the best NJCAA soccer programs in the Western USA.