Monday, August 24, 2015

First Win for Western of 2015 Comes on a Late Goal

Photos Courtesy of Jen Atkinson
The home opening match for the 2015 Mustangs was on Friday in Rock Springs against the Northwest Kansas Technical College Mavericks.  The match was played quickly and very physically.

The Mavericks got on the board first when a cross took an advantageous bounce for NWKTC and with the wind got past Mustang keeper Mitch Jensen in the 11th minute.  The Mustangs did not come unglued with the early opposition goal and continued with the game plan.  In the 33rd minute the Mustangs saw a whole in the Maverick defense when a Jake Samsel square pass found Alan Wendlandt at the back post who easily put it past the Maverick keeper to even the score 1 - 1.  The score remained the same for the rest of the first half.

The second half's action was just as fast paced as the first half.  The Mavericks were struck with a red card with about 30 minutes to play.  NWKTC played with 10 men for the rest of the match.  WWCC sadly even the amount of players on the field when Jackson Hatch was also given a red card with about 10 minutes to play.  Again the officials had a say in the match when the Mavericks got their second red card of the match in the 85th minute.  The rest of the match the Mavericks played with 9 players while the Mustangs played with 10.  With 80 seconds left the Mustangs were fouled and received a free kick about 25 yards from goal.  Taylor Flitton stepped up to the free kick and slotted the ball around the wall and past the keeper for the game winning goal.  The win brings Western's record to 1 - 0 - 1 on the 2015 campain.

Mustang Man of the Match: Taylor Flitton - for another amazing free kick goal.  It was the game winner with 80 seconds remaining on the clock.

Match Facts - Shots - WWCC 13, NWKTC 17; Assists - WWCC 1, NWKTC 0; Saves - WWCC 9, NWKTC 6 ; Corner Kicks - WWCC 2, NWKTC 5; Free Kicks - WWCC 11, NWKTC 12; Cards - WWCC 4, NWKTC 5

Up Next for the Mustangs; Weber State Club Team - Friday August 28th in Ogden UT at 6:00pm

A Draw in the 2015 Season Opener

Photos Courtesy of Jen Atkinson
The 2015 Men's Soccer Mustangs kicked off the regular season playing against the team that ended their post season last year, the Utah State - Eastern Golden Eagles.  The match was in Price UT on a very warm and smoky day.

This was a great match to start a very promising season for Western.  USU-E struck first with a goal coming off of a beautiful shot in the 24th minute.  The Golden Eagle lead would remain 1 - 0 for the rest of the first half.  Fouls and cards issued to Western would throw a curve ball into the Mustangs plans and strategy in the remainder of the first half.

After the half time break the Mustangs settled down and continued to play good soccer.  Their efforts were rewarded in the 64th minute when Alex Sorenson redirected a free kick that found Jake Samsel's feet.  Samsel blasted a shot to the left post past the Golden Eagle keeper and into the net to even the score.  For the rest of regulation Western played very well and kept the opposition off of the board through good defense and three great saves from Mitch Jensen, our keeper.

NJCAA overtime is two 10 minute periods, sudden victory - meaning whomever scores first wins the match.  USU-E and WWCC played very hard for the two overtime periods but no team found a goal and the match resulted in a 1 - 1 draw.  The 2015 record of the Mustangs is 0 - 0 - 1 on the young season.
Mustang Man of the Match: Mitch Jensen - 7 Saves including three spectacular saves in the final minutes to preserve a road point.

Match Facts - Shots - WWCC 8, USU-E 16; Assists - WWCC 1, USU-E 1; Saves - WWCC 7, USU-E 1 ; Corner Kicks - WWCC 3, USU-E 5; Free Kicks - WWCC 13, USU-E 18; Cards - WWCC 4, USU-E 2

Up Next for the Mustangs; First Home Match vs Northwest Kansas Tech - Friday August 21st in Rock Springs WY at Rock Springs Junior High - 5:00pm

Sunday, August 16, 2015

A Tie Ends the 2015 Scrimmage Season

Photos Courtesy of Jen Atkinson
On Saturday at Rock Springs Junior High the 2015 Mustangs played their final scrimmage for the fall season against the Salt Lake Community College Bruins. 

Just like their previous two scrimmages the Mustangs possessed the ball well in the first half and made good on their chances.  The first goal for the Mustangs and of the match came off of a free kick from Devin Moore that found Alex Sorenson's head.  The header was deflected by the keeper and the ball bounced off of the crossbar, it fell to Alex Sorenson who easily scored the opening goal.  The second goal of the match was also from the Mustangs after Kyle Goglio was fouled in the penalty area and Taylor Flitton buried the penalty kick to the bottom right.  The score at the half was 2 - 0 in favor of the Mustangs.

After the halftime break and an additional 30 plus minutes lightning delay the second half resumed.  Again the Mustangs struggled to maintain their intensity and allowed the opposition to get back in the match and even take the lead.  SLCC scored goals in the 63rd, 69th and 74th minute.  SLCC lead of 3 - 2 would hold for most of the second half until the Mustangs scored the equalizer in the 90th minute.  The tying goal was scored by Jose Rincon, after Landon Jacobsen assisted.  Since it was a scrimmage no overtime was played and the scrimmage ended in a draw.

Mustang Man of the Match: Tanner Trumble - superb play and energy on the field at all times.

Match Facts - Shots - WWCC 17, SLCC 10; Assists - WWCC 1, SLCC 2; Saves - WWCC 3, SLCC 5 ; Corner Kicks - WWCC 6, SLCC 2; Free Kicks - WWCC 6, SLCC 1; Cards - WWCC 1, UofU 1

Up Next for the Mustangs; Start of the Regular Season - Thursday August 20th in Price UT vs Utah State Eastern - 1:30pm

Friday, August 14, 2015

Late Goals from Utah Spoil a Result for WWCC

Photos Courtesy of Jen Atkinson
Thursday night in Salt Lake City the Mustangs played their second scrimmage of the 2015 season against the University of Utah Club team.

This has been a good scrimmage series for the two teams dating back six or seven years.  The starters for the Mustangs were determined by the results of their training camp fitness tests.  All 24 healthy Mustangs

The offense has kick to start the match for the Mustangs scoring in the 13th minute from sophomore Alan Wendlandt, assist Landon Jacobsen.  Second goal for Western was in the 19th minute an assist by Alan Wendlandt and a finish by Jesse Cardenas.  The Mustangs scored their third goal in the 36th minute a nice ball and assist from Tanner Trumble and a clinical finish by Jose Rincon.  The Utes snuck a great shot under the crossbar in the 37th minute to finish the scoring in the first half.  The halftime score was 3 -1 in favor of the Mustangs.

The second half scoring was again started by the Mustang who scored a Penalty kick goal in the 54th minute.  The goal was scored by Riley Gibson.  The lead with 35 minutes to go was WWCC 4 - U of U 1.  The Utes would score four unanswered goals in the latter end of the match to steal a win in the scrimmage.  The U of U goals came in the 59th minute, 67th minute, 84th minute and 89th minute.  The Mustangs did break down during the end of the scrimmage defensively and were caught on many counter attacking opportunities.  Hopefully lessons learned for Western for the regular season approaches next week.

Mustang Man of the Match: Alan Wendlandt - 1 goal and 1 assist in the match

Match Facts - Shots - WWCC 13, UofU 22; Assists - WWCC 3, UofU 3; Saves - WWCC 7, UofU 3 ; Corner Kicks - WWCC 3, UofU 4; Free Kicks - WWCC 3, UofU 5; Cards - WWCC 0, UofU 0

Up Next for the Mustangs; Scrimmage vs SLCC - Saturday August 15th in Rock Springs WY at Rock Springs Junior High (3500 Foothill Blvd) 3:00pm

Monday, August 10, 2015

Two Lightning Delays and Six Goals - Successful Alumni Scrimmage

Photos Courtesy of Jen Atkinson
On Saturday at Rock Springs Junior High the 2015 Mustang Soccer team started to iron out the details to become a formidable team in Region IX.  The alumni from the past 10 years returned to Rock Springs and showed their own skill and experience.

The two teams started the scrimmage trading chances and good amounts of possession.  Several of the 2015 Mustang chances were thwarted in the first half.  The alumni got on the board first with a ricocheted shot from alumnus Gilbert Gonzalez that got past WWCC keeper Austin Pinter.  The score at intermission was 1 - 0 in favor of the alumni.

5 goals were scored in the second half, the second half also had two lightning delays.  The 2015 Mustangs scored the next three goals.  Two goals were scored by Riley Gibson, one after he blocked a clear from the keeper and the second Gibson chipped the keeper from about 30 yards out.  The final goal for the 2015 Mustangs was a nice and simple finish from Carsen Tinker.  After the second lightning delay the alumni struck twice from a clinical finish from Piero Levano and a beautifully placed shot from Kyle Seljaas.  The scrimmage ended in a draw 3 - 3.  Twenty three Mustangs show their first action of the 2015 fall season on Saturday.  The Mustangs know that they have some work to do but they also see a lot of potential in this group.

Mustang Man of the Match: Riley Gibson for his hustle in scoring two goals.

Up Next for the Mustangs; Scrimmage at University of Utah - Thursday August 13th in Salt Lake City at 7:30pm

Friday, July 31, 2015

Mitch Jensen - 1st Team All Region Returns to Mind Mustang Nets

Photos Courtesy of Jen Atkinson

 Mitch Jensen who played for Western Wyoming Community College in 2012 has returned from serving an LDS mission in England and has agreed to again play for the Mustangs in 2015.  Jensen is a 2012 graduate of Davis High in Kaysville Utah.

As a freshman in 2012 Jensen had a banner year.  Not only was Mitch a 1st Team All Region IX Keeper but was also voted as the NJCAA National Tournament Keeper while WWCC competed at the tournament in Albany GA.

During 2012 Mitch compiled the following stats; 168 Saves, 38 Goals Allowed, 81% Save Percentage, 28 Starts, 53 Halves Played, 15 Wins and 4 ShutoutsMitch also saw some action as a field player in 2012, his stats were; 4 Shots, 2 Goals and 1 Half Played.

Mitch possesses all the intangibles for a keeper to have success, his quick reactions saves are super quick.  He has speed to quickly close down on through balls and attacking players.  Jensen's vertical leaping ability is superb.  Probably the most impressive qualities he has are the ability to read the game ahead of him and his leadership on and off of the field.

Western is hoping for another great year for Mitch on and off of the field. He has the ability to be one of the better keepers in the NJCAA this year.  He is one of many sophomores on the 2015 team that need to play his game and lift the level of play of those around him.

A record that Mitch holds at Western is blocking 10 penalty kicks during 1 season.  This does include 2 penalty kick shootouts in post season play.  Mitch won 14 matches in a year as keeper and we hope to add onto that total this year. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Alex Sorenson from LHS to Western Wyoming

 Alex Sorenson a recent graduate from Lehi Utah and Lehi High School is set to join the Western Wyoming Community College Men's Soccer team. 

Alex was an integral part of the Lehi Pioneer Soccer success the 2015 season.  The LHS boy's soccer team made it to the 5A Utah State Semi-Finals.  In the Semi-Finals Alex and the Pioneers feel 1 - 0 in sudden victory overtime to the eventual champions Alta High.  As a senior Alex was near the top of the scoring column for his LHS team compiling 6 goals in 2015.  His 6 goals were second most on the Lehi team.  Sorenson even scored 2 goals in a playoff win against Viewmont.

As a junior Alex and LHS were not as successful losing in the first round of the 5A playoffs in 2014.  Alex tallied 1 goal during his junior campaign.

Alex will re-unite with several Lehi players at Western; Braden Smith, Riley Gibson and Landon Jacobsen.

We at Western expect Alex to use his skills on the soccer pitch to play in attacking and wide areas.  He has a knack for goal and a great sense on when to attack and when to possess.  We anticipate that bulk of his playing time will be as an outside midfielder but he could also help out as a forward or either center midfielder.

Sorenson will be a great addition to a strong 2015 WWCC team both on and off the field.  Alex brings a strong work ethic to the pitch and in the classroom.  He should fit in nicely with the Mustangs.  Congrats on opportunity to continue to play the game that you love.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Riley Gibson - 2nd Team All Region Suits Up again for Mustangs

Photos Courtesy of Jen Atkinson
Riley Gibson a rising sophomore from Lehi Utah is again ready to put on the Red, White and Black Jerseys for the Western Wyoming Mustangs Men's Soccer team for the fall 2015 season.

The 2014 season was Gibson's freshman year, he was voted as a 2nd Team All Region Forward as a Freshman.  His season totals for 2014 were; 45 Shots, 8 Goals, 3 Assists, 38 Fouls, 18 Starts and 44 Halves Played.

As a freshman Riley led the Mustangs in goals scored, shots and offensive points.  He is a good size forward with a plethora of skills that make him a dangerous player.  He possess good speed, physicality, an outside shot and pinpoint accuracy.

The spring of his freshman year Riley worked very hard on becoming a better header of the ball and a better distributor to his teammates.  His hard work paid off as he was excellent during the team's spring scrimmages.  In the spring he had 3 goals and 2 assists in 4 scrimmages.

We expect Riley to continue to do want the team needs him to do.  To play at any position and in any scheme.  Riley should have as good if not better year this fall statistically for the Mustangs.  His ability to hold up play and draw defenders for the Mustangs will be instrumental for the Western attack this season.  Congrats Riley on a second season and we wish you the best.