Sunday, August 31, 2014

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

Photo Courtesy of Jen Atkinson
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 corner kick was kicked in, the goal was assisted by Edwin Muniz.  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.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Mustangs Win Opening Match of 2014

On the opening day of the 2014 NJCAA Men’s Soccer season the Mustangs of Western Wyoming and the Trojans of North Iowa Area squared off in the two programs first ever meeting.  It was a very hot and humid Thursday evening in Mason City Iowa with heat and humidity in the 80s.  The 2014 Mustangs started the match strong and possessed the ball well in the first 45 minutes.  Offensive chances were created by Landon Jacobsen, Brock Mosier, Riley Gibson and Andrew Newbold.  The Mustangs and the Trojans were unable to score in the first half and the half time score was 0 – 0.

The second half was full of goals.  The Mustangs started the scoring in the 53rd minute when Taylor Flitton sent a free kick into the NIACC penalty area that was redirected and scored, making the score 1 – 0 in favor of the Mustangs.  NIACC regrouped and scored the next two goals, scoring in the 63rd minute on a through ball and again in the 75th minute from a penalty kick.  The score was 2 – 1 in favor of the Trojans with under 15 minutes to play.  The Mustangs come out very attack minded and started to find space and areas to attack in the Trojan defense.  Carsen Tinker dribbled in the penalty area, was fouled and awarded a penalty kick.  Riley Gibson stepped up and scored the penalty kick in the 85th minute.  The momentum had swung in favor of the Mustangs and they quickly seized the opportunity as Riley Gibson intercepted the pass after the kick-off and dribbled to the heart of the NIACC defense.  He calmly passed to Andrew Newbold to his left.  Newbold buried the ball for the match winner in the 85th minute.  The Mustangs had scored two goals in 33 seconds to pull ahead and earn the victory, with the final score 3 - 2.  The come from behind victory brings the 2014 record to 1 – 0 – 0 after the first match.
Bryant Cox and Chandler Young both saw their first action of the 2014 season.  Kyle Mivshek and Carlos Gonzalez both played a half for the Mustangs as the keeper.

Match Facts; Shots - WWCC 15 - NIACC 13, Assists - WWCC 1 - NIACC 1, Saves - WWCC 4 - NIACC 8, Free Kicks - WWCC 14 - NIACC 8, Corner Kicks - WWCC 6 - NIACC 7, Cards - WWCC 0 - NIACC 3.

Mustang Man of the Match – Riley Gibson, Riley had a goal and an assist (along with stealing the pass after the kick-off) to fuel the Mustang come back victory.

Up Next for the Mustangs – Scrimmage #3 - @ Anoka Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids MN, Friday August 21 at 6pm.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

2014 Team Captains Announced

Brock Mosier - Sophomore - Laramie WY

Colton Cottrell - Freshman - Kaysville UT

Carson Broadhead - Sophomore - Riverton UT
Taylor Flitton - Freshman - Kaysville UT

ALS Challenge Accepted by WWCC Soccer

On Tuesday, after the final two-a-days practice of training camp, the Western Wyoming Men's Soccer team accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from the Western Wyoming Volleyball team and extended the challenge to rivals in Region IX Men's Soccer.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Late Goals in Last Scrimmage Haunt Mustangs

Photo Courtesy of Jen Atkinson

On Saturday on a very hot turf field on the Westminster Campus the 2014 Mustangs played their second scrimmage in as many days.  Much like their first scrimmage the Mustangs struck early and took the lead in the 10th minute when Brock Mosier sent a ball into the Griffin 18 yard box which was calmly put away by Gunner Burrell. The play was very even in the first half and the half time score was WWCC 1 - Westminster 0.
Western's halftime adjustments were good and well executed by the players.  However as the Mustangs looked better on the pitch as a whole they good not find another goal and the wear and tear of the weekend and the two-a-day practices caught up to the young Mustangs.  Westminster found the back of the net in the 75th minute to tie the match after several Mustang defenders were caught stabbing at the ball.  Under five minutes later the Mustangs were called for a penalty as they fouled a Griffin in the box.  After the Westminster player scored the penalty the score was Westminster 2 and WWCC 1 with little time on the clock.  The final goal for the Griffins came when the Mustangs send all their players forward on a free kick in the last seconds of the match and the Griffins counter attacked and scored off of a deflection as the WWCC keeper Austin Pinter tried to clear the ball.  The final score was Westminster 3 and Western Wyoming 1.

Match Facts; Shots - WWCC 12 - WCJV 13; Assists - WWCC 1 - WCJV 0; Saves - WWCC 5 - WCJV 6; Free Kicks - WWCC 10 - WCJV 21; Corner Kicks - WWCC 3 - WCJV 7; Cards - WWCC 2 - WCJV 0.

Mustang Man of the Match - Gunner Burrell, consecutive scrimmages with offensive points and great play.

Up Next for the Mustangs; Thursday 8/21 at North Iowa Area Community College (Mason City Iowa) - First Regular Season Match 6:00pm CDT