Monday, September 15, 2014

Crazy Comeback Ends with OT Loss

Photos Courtesy of Jen Atkinson
On Saturday at Rock Springs Junior High field the Utah State Eastern Golden Eagles faced the home standing Western Wyoming Mustangs.  It was a strange match, a tale of a dramatic comeback and match of what might have been for the Mustangs.

Final Score WWCC 3 - USU Eastern 4 OT.

Mustang Man of the Match - Brock Mosier, Brock scored two goals in the match including the match tying goal with 3 seconds remaining in the match.

Match Facts - Shots - WWCC , USUE ; Assists - WWCC , USUE ; Saves - WWCC , USUE ; Corner Kicks - WWCC , USUE ; Free Kicks - WWCC , USUE ; Cards - WWCC , USUE .

Up Next for the Mustangs; Friday September  19th versus Otero Junior College - La Junta CO at 4:00pm.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Mustangs Beat LCCC in Wolves Stadium

Photos Courtesy of Jen Atkinson
On Wednesday, Western Wyoming Community College faced their oldest and most bitter rivals on the soccer pitch when the LCCC Golden Eagles came to Sweetwater County.  The match was played at Green River Wolves Stadium in Green River WY.  This was the first time that WWCC played a home contest in Green River WY.
As usual LCCC came out of the gates very intense and fast and dominated much of the first 5 minutes.  Just when it looked like the Mustangs had settled the match down the Golden Eagles found an early goal down the right side of the WWCC defense and took a 1 – 0 lead in the 7th minute of play.  Western found more of the ball after the goal looking for the equalizer.  The tying goal came in the 23rd minute after a foul was called on LCCC.  Taylor Flitton and his streak of scoring off of free kicks continued after placing a ball around the wall and in the bottom right of the goal.  This is the third match in a row that Flitton has scored off of a free kick.  Both teams created chances in the last twenty minutes of the first half but none to get on the scoreboard.  The halftime score was a tie WWCC 1 - LCCC 1.

With the strong wind at their back in the second half the Mustangs knew that opportunities to score would be plentiful in the final 45 minutes.  Just nine minutes into the second half the Mustangs were fouled in the penalty area and were awarded a penalty kick.  Riley Gibson stepped up and took the kick and the LCCC keeper made a beautiful save on the kick, fortunately for the Mustangs and Gibson the LCCC keeper moved early off of his line and WWCC was awarded another kick.  This time Gibson slotted it past the keeper and the Mustangs took their first lead in the 54th minute.  Four minutes later Devin Moore an outside defender for the Mustangs found a nice pass from Gunner Burrell in the offensive third and hit a great ball in the upper right corner for a commanding 3 – 1 lead for the Mustangs with 32 minutes left to play.  LCCC to their credit took control of the possession of the match and dominated much of the play in the last third of the match.  The Mustang defense and keeper, Austin Pinter held strong and did not allow another goal.  The WWCC midfield worked tirelessly to limit the LCCC chances and even the Mustang forwards put in extra effort to help preserve the win.  After a long hard fight full ninety minutes the Mustangs earned the hard fought 3 – 1 victory over their rivals.  The win helps the Mustangs record improve to 5 – 2 – 0 and 3 – 0 – 0 in the Region IX North.
Mustang Man of the Match; Austin Pinter, keeper for the Mustangs made 12 saves and kept the LCCC attack at bay for a great win for the Mustangs.

Match Facts; Shots - WWCC 13, LCCC 20; Assists - WWCC 1, LCCC 0; Saves - WWCC 12, LCCC 4; Corner Kicks - WWCC 3, LCCC 6; Free Kicks - WWCC 8, LCCC 4; Cards - WWCC 0, LCCC 2.

Up Next for the Mustangs - 2:00pm Saturday 9/13 at Rock Springs Junior High (3500 Foothill Blvd) in Rock Springs WY versus Utah State University - Eastern.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Mustangs Hang 5 on the Generals

Photos Courtesy of Jen Atkinson
On Saturday less than 24 hours after their first Region IX North match and victory of the season, the Western Wyoming Mustangs played against the Generals of Sheridan College.  Again the Mustangs took an early lead as Andrew Newbold sent a well placed through ball onto Jesse Cardenas who got the Mustangs on the board in the 10th minute.  Twenty minutes later Jesse Cardenas scored again as he got the ball 25 yards from goal, blasted a shot that bent into the back top corner and helped the Mustang lead grow to 2 - 0 in the 30th minute.  For the second time in two days the Mustangs allowed a late 1st half goal as the Generals were awarded a penalty kick after aggressive play from the Mustang keeper Kyle Mivshek.  The Generals scored the PK in the 42nd minute and the halftime was WWCC 2 - SC 1.
The Generals played much more spirited in the second half and were better organized defensively however they never really threatened the Mustang goal.  The Mustangs worked well to finally break down the General defense and their spirits when Taylor Flitton hit a 22 yard free kick into the bottom left corner of Sheridan's goal in the 82nd minute.  The Mustangs continued to press forward and take their chances in the offensive third.  The 4th goal for the Mustangs came in the 84th minute when Gunner Burrell headed a ball to Riley Gibson who chipped the Sheridan keeper.  The final goal came from Jesse Cardenas in the 90th minute after Brock Mosier took a shot that was blocked and landed at Cardena's feet.  Jesse blasted the ball into the top of the net to put an exclamation point on the Mustang victory.  The 2014 season mark is now 4 - 2 - 0 and the Region IX North record is 2 - 0 - 0 as the Mustangs are currently in first place in Region IX North.

Mustang Man of the Match - Jesse Cardenas - Jesse scored the first hat trick for the Mustangs since Bernie Manuel in the opening match of the 2013 season.

Match Facts - Shots - WWCC 17 - SC 9; Assists - WWCC 3 - SC 0; Saves - WWCC 5 - SC 4; Corner Kicks - WWCC 7 - SC 2; Free Kicks - WWCC 16 - SC 9; Cards - WWCC 2 - SC 3

Up Next for the Mustangs - vs Laramie County CC (Region IX North) at Green River WY, Green River High Football Field (350 Monroe Avenue) on Wednesday September 10th at 3:00pm

Mustangs Beat Northwest in RS

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On Friday in Rock Springs the 2014 rivalry between the Mustangs from Western Wyoming Community College and the Trappers from Northwest College was renewed.  This is one of the fiercest and most played rivalries for both of the teams.  The start of the match was fast and both teams created chances but the first goal of the match happened in the 3rd minute when Brock Mosier passed a ball into the middle of the field where Riley Gibson controlled the pass and sent the ball past the Trapper keeper into the bottom left of the net.  Both teams focused more on possession and settled into the match after the first goal.  The 1 - 0 lead was added onto in the 30th minute when Taylor Flitton set up a free kick around 25 yards from goal that he perfectly kicked into the upper right corner of the goal.  Just as it looked like the Mustangs would take a 2 -0 lead into the halftime break the Trappers overloaded the Mustang right side of the defense and sent a ball past the Mustang defense and Austin Pinter, the Mustang keeper, to score with seconds left on the clock before halftime.  The score was 2 - 1 at the half in favor of the Mustangs.

The Mustangs made good adjustments at the half to make sure the Trappers did not have another chance to overwhelm the WWCC defense.  The match broke open in the 60th minute when a nicely placed diagonal cross came into the box from Brock Mosier and Gunner Burrell expertly touched it into the back of the net.  The remaining of the match was a well played NJCAA match but the Mustangs limited any real chances from the Trappers and hung onto a great Region IX North opening match to the 2014 season.  The match ended with a 3 - 1 win for the Mustangs, the 2014 season record moves to 3 - 2 - 0 and 1 - 0 - 0 in Region IX North.

Mustang Man of the Match - Taylor Flitton - Taylor played well defensively and hit the match winning goal on a beautifully taken free kick in the 30th minute.

Match Facts - Shots - WWCC 13 - NC 17; Assists - WWCC 2 - NC 1; Saves - WWCC 7 - NC 4; Corner Kicks - WWCC 5 - NC 5; Free Kicks - WWCC 8 - NC 8; Cards - WWCC 2 - NC 3

Up Next for the Mustangs; vs Sheridan College (Region IX North) at Rock Springs WY, Rock Springs Junior High (3500 Foothill Blvd) on Saturday 9/6 at 1:30pm

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Golden Goal Win for Western

Photos Courtesy of Jen Atkinson
On Saturday the match between the Western Wyoming Mustangs and the Westminster JV Griffins was an instant classic.  The match action was fast and intense throughout, the 8 yellow cards and the 5 goals show the fast and intense action.
The Mustangs got on the scoreboard first in the 7th minute when a ball was sent to Andrew Newbold who corralled it and sent another through ball to Eric Ramirez who collected the ball and passed a great ball to Gunner Burrell who kicked the ball past the Westminster keeper for an early 1 - 0 Mustang lead.  The lead did not last long for the Mustangs as the Griffins found the back of the net in the 12th minute when a Westminster player was able to head in a corner kick past the Mustang markers and the Mustang keeper Austin Pinter.  With the score tied 1 - 1 the rest of the first half was played mainly in the midfield as both teams tried to prove their dominance in possession and look for chances against the other team.  The halftime score was 1 - 1.
The start of the second half played out much like the end of the first half with lots of midfield play and limited chances for both teams.  The match found it's groove and flow in the 73rd minute when Colton Cottrell sent a ball to Jesse Cardenas who calmly placed it into the bottom left corner of the goal for a Mustang lead 2 - 1.  Again the Mustang lead was not long, as the Griffins leveled the score two minutes later in the 75th minute.  The Westminster second goal was off of a free kick that a Griffin player was able to bring down in the box, turn, shoot and score the goal.  The score was again tied, this time at 2 - 2.  Both teams had chances to win the match in regulation time.  The Griffin's best chances all came on one play which included three blocks from WWCC keeper Austin Pinter with a clear from Colton Cottrell.  The opportunities for the Mustangs were taken by Gunner Burrell, Zac Roper, Chandler Young, Devian Kurete, Andrew Newbold and Jesse Cardenas.  Despite all the shots and chances the score at the end of 90 minutes was 2 - 2.
NJCAA rules state that after 90 minutes if the match is tied the teams play two, 10 minute overtime periods with the first team scoring being the winner.  If still tied after 20 additional minutes the match is considered a draw.  In the first overtime period the Mustangs continued to press and create chances.  There were only 4 shots in those 10 minutes and all came from the Mustangs; Andrew Newbold, Eric Ramirez, Jesse Cardenas and Carsen Tinker all had shots in the first overtime period.  As the second overtime started again it seemed as the Mustangs were the aggressor as they had a shot in the first seconds of the second extra period by Andrew Newbold.  The match winning shot came in the 103rd minute of play.  Carsen Tinker put away a chance and gave the Mustangs the win, the goal was assisted by Colton Cottrell.  The final score was WWCC 3 - Westminster JV 2.  The win brings the Mustang mark to 2 - 2 - 0 on the 2014 season.

Mustang Man of the Match - Jesse Cardenas - Jesse scored his first goal of the season along with 3 shots (all on frame) and was a great spark off of the bench.

Match Facts - Shots - WWCC 18 - WCJV 12; Assists - WWCC 3 - WCJV 2; Saves - WWCC 7 - WCJV 8; Corner Kicks - WWCC 5 - WCJV 3; Free Kicks - WWCC 8 - WCJV 9; Cards - WWCC 5 - WCJV 3.

Up Next for the Mustangs - vs Northwest College (REGION IX NORTH) at Rock Springs WY, Rock Springs Junior High (3500 Foothill Blvd) on Friday September 5th at 5pm.

Friday, August 29, 2014

NJC Does Enough to Beat the Mustangs

Photos Courtesy of Jen Atkinson
On Friday in Rock Springs WY the Western Wyoming Mustangs kicked off their 2014 home schedule.  The Mustangs played a Region IX rival in Northeastern Junior College Plainsmen from Sterling CO.  Even though the teams are Region IX rivals the teams are in different divisions in Region IX so it was not a Region IX match that counts for seeding at the Region tournament.
The Plainsmen came into the match and seemed to control a lot of the first minutes of the match but could not do much offensively with the ball.  Just when the match seemed to turn in favor of the Mustangs the Plainsmen hit a free kick from 30 yards out in the 14th minute.  The Mustangs did their best to re-group and get the goal back before half time.  Shots were taken by Riley Gibson, Taylor Flitton and Brock Mosier.  The halftime score stood at 1 - 0 in favor of the NJC Plainsmen.
In the second half the dominance in possession was clearly in favor of the Mustangs as the ball rarely cleared the Plainsmen defensive third.  However the Mustangs struggled to find that last touch the get the ball into the back of the net.  Close chances were taken and created by Taylor Flitton, Chandler Young, Gunner Burrell, Carsen Tinker, Levi Tams, Jesse Cardenas and Riley Gibson.  Shots in the second half were 11 for WWCC and 2 for NJC.  None of the Mustangs shots found the net and the final score was 1 - 0 still in favor of the visiting NJC Plainsmen.  The loss takes the Mustang records to 1 - 2 - 0 on the 2014 season.

Mustang Man of the Match; Carsen Tinker - Carsen had 3 shots and continually created opportunities for the Mustangs in the offensive third of the field.

Match Facts; Shots - WWCC 19 - NJC 5; Assists - WWCC 0 - NJC 0; Saves - WWCC 1 - NJC 2; Corner Kicks - WWCC 10 - NJC 2; Free Kicks - WWCC 12 - NJC 15; Cards - WWCC 1 - NJC 1

Up Next for the Mustangs - Saturday August 30th versus Westminster JV at Rock Springs WY at Rock Springs Junior High (3500 Foothill Blvd) at 5:00pm.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

#11 Dakota County Tech Finishes Their Chances Against WWCC

Photo Courtesy of Jen Atkinson
On Saturday in Rosemount MN the #11 Dakota County Technical College Blue Knights hosted the Mustangs of Western Wyoming in a rematch of a great match from the 2013 season.
The first half was controlled by the Mustangs who possessed the ball more and created more chances.  However, the Blue Knights scored on their first and only good chance in the first half in the 6th minute.  The ball was switched from the far side of the field to the near side and the DCTC player beat the WWCC keeper Austin Pinter to the near post.  The Mustangs created chances before the DCTC goal and after, the chances were taken by Carsen Tinker, Andrew Newbold, Brock Mosier, Riley Gibson and Taylor Flitton.  The half time score was 1 - 0 in favor of Dakota County.
The second half was very different from the first half for the Mustangs.  The Blue Knights took better care of the ball and kept it away from the Mustangs much of the second half.  Not too chances were created for the Mustangs or the Blue Knights.  One of the few chances that DCTC created resulted in a goal in the 56th minute.  The tired legs of the Mustangs, after three games in three days, made it difficult for the Mustangs to mount any attempt at a comeback.  They final score of the match was 2 - 0 in favor of Dakota County Tech.  The regular season record of the Mustangs fell to 1 - 1 - 0.  Dakota County is a quality opponent as they are currently ranked #11 in the latest NJCAA poll.

Mustang Man of the Match - Colton Cottrell - Colton played a full 90 minutes.  Cottrell played well, organized his defense and communicated well with his teammates on the field.

Match Stats; Shots - WWCC 12 - DCTC 20; Assists - WWCC 0 - DCTC 2; Saves - WWCC 11 - DCTC - 7; Free Kicks - WWCC 11 - DCTC 13; Corner Kicks - WWCC 6 - DCTC 10; Cards - WWCC 3 - DCTC 0.

Up Next for the Mustangs - Friday August 29th at 4pm versus Northeastern JC in Rock Springs WY at Rock Springs Junior High - 3500 Foothill Blvd.

Third and Final Scrimmage Gets Mustangs Ready for Regular Season

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On Friday on the banks of the Mississippi River in Coon Rapids MN the Anoka Ramsey Community College Golden Rams and the Western Wyoming Mustangs played in a scrimmage.
This scrimmage was not arranged until Wednesday after the Waldorf JV team assured Western that they would not have enough JV players clear NAIA eligibility for the scheduled match between Waldorf JV and Western Wyoming.  We are super appreciative for Anoka Ramsey for being willing to host Western on short notice and the scrimmage allowed all Mustangs get good playing time as the starters got around 35 minutes and the reserve players got around 55 minutes.  Carlos Gonzalez started for the Mustangs in as keeper and Austin Pinter played as keeper in the second half for the Mustangs.
Anoka Ramsey have a good squad and flexed their offensive muscle in the first half especially on set pieces, mainly corner kicks.  The Golden Rams scored in the 7th minute, 18th minute, 39th minute and 42nd minute.  The Golden Ram lead at the half was 4 - 0.  The Mustangs did play well at times in the first half but gave up too many easy goals to a well organized Golden Ram team.
At half time the Western Mustangs regrouped and had a great plan to get back in the match.  Western gave Anoka Ramsey a dose of their own medicine when WWCC scored a header goal from Alan Wendlandt in the 49th minute.  The play of the Mustangs was much better in the second half and the Mustangs again cut into the big Golden Ram lead when Riley Gibson was fouled in the penalty box.  Gibson kicked the penalty kick and scored the 2nd goal of the match for the Mustangs in the 81st minute.  Western could only muster a few more shots in the last 9 minutes of the match.  The end of the scrimmage score was 2 - 4 in favor of the host Anoka Ramsey CC.

Mustang Man of the Match; Alan Wendlandt, Alan scored the first WWCC goal.  He played very well as an attacking center mid and sparked the Mustangs to play better.

Match Facts; Shots - WWCC 15 - ARCC 17; Assists - WWCC 1 - ARCC 2; Saves - WWCC 13 - ARCC 4; Free Kicks - WWCC 12 - ARCC - 9; Corner Kicks - WWCC 4 - ARCC 11; Cards - WWCC 1 - ARCC 2.

Up Next for the Mustangs; Saturday at #11 Dakota County Technical College at Rosemount MN at 12:00pm.