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.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

From the Islands to Western Wyoming - Jake Samsel a Mustang

Photos Courtesy of the Samsel Family
 Jake Samsel a 2014 graduate from Kahuku High in Kahuku Hawaii has recently committed to play Men's Soccer at Western Wyoming Community College.

Jake is an attacking player who will bring some offensive punch to the Mustang attack.  Samsel has the versatility to play as a forward, and outside midfielder and an attacking midfield.

Jake lived in Utah throughout much of his childhood and played club soccer while in the Beehive state.  The Samsel family moved to Hawaii where Jake finished his high school career with the Kahuku Red Raiders.

At KHS Jake excelled on the soccer pitch and as the field goal kicker for the KHS Red Raiders Football team.  The KHS football team was nationally ranked and were state champions during Jake tenure.

Jake was a member of the Hawaii 1st Team All State Soccer Teams during his junior and his senior year.  His size, speed and big legs will help him to adjust to playing NJCAA soccer and getting used to the high desert elevation and climate of Rock Springs.  We expect a lot from Jake as soon as he steps onto campus.  He will compete for a starting position and playing time due to his work ethic and great physical skills.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Josh Rawson Newest Member of 2015-2016 Mustangs

Photos from Josh Rawson
 Josh Rawson, a recent 2015 Rock Springs High School graduate from Rock Springs WY has committed to play soccer for the Western Wyoming Community College Mustangs.

Josh was a captain and a starter for the Rock Springs Tigers for this past season.  Josh was a 1st Team 4A West All-Region Player and was also a 1st 4A All-State Player.  Josh had 1 assist for the Tigers his senior season.

As a high school player Josh helped the Tiger to qualify for the 4A Wyoming State Tournament all 4 years while he was in high school.  As a senior Rawson and the Tigers pulled an upset at the 4A Wyoming Soccer Tournament beating the #1 East Seed Campbell County High in the quarterfinals.  The RSHS soccer team were the only 4A West team, boys or girls, to win a match against an Eastern team this year at the state tournament.

Rawson is a wonderful student and hopes to continue his academic success while playing soccer for the Mustangs and upholding the strong WWCC student athlete tradition.

Along with being a stellar soccer player and student Josh was also a member of the RSHS Tennis Team - playing #1 Doubles his senior year and an Indoor Track athlete.  As part of the RSHS Indoor Track Team Rawson was a member of the 4x400 Meter Relay 2015 State Champions.

Josh usually played as a center back and a sweeper in high school.  His height and speed help him in this position.  Rawson may also be called upon by the Mustangs to play as an outside back or even as a forward during the 2015-2016 season.

Mr. Rawson plans to study Elementary Education and hopes to coach in the future.  Josh also plans to serve an LDS mission before he plays his second year for Western.  Congrats on a great prep career and the chance to continue to learn and excel as a student athlete.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Landon Jacobsen Signs with Western Again

Photos Courtesy of Jen Atkinson
Landon Jacobsen has signed his National Letter of Intent to complete his NJCAA career in a Western Wyoming Community College Mustang Soccer jersey.  Landon had a good freshman year that was not as productive as he hoped due to an ankle injury that occurred in August.

The 2015 spring season was a view into the future of the potential for the 2015-2016 Mustangs and the midfield prowess of Jacobsen.  Landon was the spark in the middle that saw the Mustangs continually improve and show dominance at the end of the spring when they scrimmaged SLCC and University of Utah.  In the spring Landon had 3 goals in the 5 scrimmage matches.

As a freshman in the fall of 2014 Landon had 12 Shots, 1 Goal, 2 Assists, 16 Fouls, 13 Starts and 34 Halves Played.  Landon did suffer a significant ankle injury in the first match of the season and was sideline for weeks and did not fully recover until the off season.

We expect a lot out of Landon during his sophomore season not only as a player but as a leader and a student.  Landon will be that calm on the ball attacking presence in the midfield.  He will help us to keep possession but also uses possession to find opportunities to attack and to score.  We firmly believe that Landon is an All-region type player and hope he stays injury free to show our opponents how good he can be.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Kyle Goglio Brings His Skills to Western Wyoming

Photos Courtesy of Kyle Goglio
 Kyle Goglio a recent grad from Green River High School in Green River Wyoming has joined the Western Wyoming Community College Men's Soccer team.

Kyle will wear #21 for the Mustangs and has the versatility to either play basically anywhere on the pitch.  For the majority of his senior year Kyle was asked by his team to play as a center back, and he did so very well.  As the 2015 spring season progressed for Green River High he was called upon to provide some offensive punch and was a starting striker for the Wolves.

We were impressed but not just the versatility of Kyle but also his skill and toughness.  Goglio was a 2014 4A All Conference Defender as a junior and has recently voted an 2015 4A West All Conference Defender and a 2015 4A Wyoming All State Player.

The GRHS team that Kyle has been a part of qualified for the state tournament three of the four year that he was in high school.  The Wolves brought home a 3rd place trophy from the 4A Wyoming State Cup in 2012 and again in 2014.  The 2015 season just ended with GRHS losing in the consolation finals.

Kyle has good speed, quick feet and a good size for college soccer.  Most likely his easiest attributes to see on the soccer field are his ability to win headers, both offensively and defensively, and his long throw-ins.  Both of these skills were on display as the Wolves dismantled Natrona County High at the WY State Soccer Cup less then a week ago during a 4 - 1 win for GRHS.  Kyle scored 5 goals and 10 assists for his high school team this season.  The 10 assists were the second most in 4A Wyoming Boy's Soccer.

Kyle will be a fierce competitor for the Mustangs and will show the same tenacity and enthusiasm in the classroom as the WWCC soccer team will again strive to earn high marks on their ways to degrees in their two years at Western Wyoming.  Congrats Kyle and we cannot wait to see you in the Red and Black for the Mustangs.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Devin Moore Returns for Second Season

 Devin Moore a rising sophomore from West Haven Utah and Roy High has signed his Letter of Intent to play again for Western Wyoming Community College.  Devin had a very good first year at Western in the fall of 2014.  Moore's stats were 5 Shots, 1 Goal, 9 Fouls, 20 Starts and 46 Halves Played.

Most of the playing time that Moore saw in the fall was as an outside back, however he was used in a pinch as a centerback and performed very well as a center defensive mid.

Devin is a tireless worker, rarely needing a sub throughout the season playing 90 minutes almost every match.  Moore has superb feet and foot skills with the ball.  His positioning as a defender is near perfect and has skills to add an offensive punch to the back line.

Devin is an exercise science major and does very well in the classroom.  He is expecting to graduate in December with his associates degree.  We are very happy to have him back in the Red, White and Black for the Western Wyo Mustangs.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Eric Ramirez a Mustang for his 2015 Sophomore Campaign

Photos Courtesy of Jen Atkinson
Eric Ramirez a 2014 graduate from Rock Springs High in Rock Springs WY is set to play his sophomore year for the Western Wyoming Community College Mustangs.  Eric is a tall, fast and versatile player for the Mustangs.

The 2014-2015 season was a good one for Ramirez.  Eric had 8 Shots, 1 Goal, 1 Assist, 5 Fouls, 2 Starts and Played in 39 Halves.  As a freshmen in the fall 2014 season Eric played as a forward and an outside midfielder.  He found playing time in most matches as one of first players off of the bench.

The spring 2015 season Ramirez filled in as an outside back and center back throughout most of the scrimmages and training sessions.  He is a good passer of the ball and has good vision that helped the Mustangs maintain possession and to find quick counter attacks.  This spring Eric had an assist as an outside back during the scrimmage match at SLCC.

Eric is also an excellent student earning an Academic All Conference Award as a freshmen.  We expect Ramirez to continue to be a top notch student and have a great and productive sophomore season for the Mustangs.