Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Lehi Pioneer Landon Jacobsen is now a Western Mustang

 A recent graduate from Lehi High in Lehi Utah has signed his National Letter of Intent to play men's soccer at Western Wyoming Community College.  Landon is a very skillful player who excels in the midfield.  With the LHS team his senior year he played as a center defensive mid. 
As a junior Landon and the LHS Pioneers won the Utah 5A state championship.  Landon was named to the Utah 5A All State 2nd team as a senior.
Jacobsen should play in the midfield for the Mustangs his freshman year, we are unsure where he will fit best in with the Mustangs.  He possesses great vision and passing skills that prove he could be a center attacking mid.  Landon has the speed, quick feet and long passing ability to play as an outside mid.  Jacobsen's senior season proves that he is tough enough and disciplined enough to play as a center defensive mid.
 The one thing that we know for sure his that Landon is a good enough to play for the Mustangs and we expect a great freshman season from this young man and the rest of the Mustangs.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Andrew Newbold Returns from Chile for Sophomore Season

 Andrew Newbold has recently returned from his 2 year LDS mission to Chile.  Andrew has also recently signed his National Letter of Intent to play his sophomore season at Western Wyoming.  Andrew was previously a member of the 2011 WWCC Mustang soccer team.  The 2011 season, the Mustangs won 10 matches (record for regular season wins) including 6 straight matches (which is a WWCC record for wins in a row).  The 2011 team hosted the Region IX Tournament but sadly were upset in the first round of the tournament.
Andrew is a forward who uses his size, speed and shot to destroy defensive back lines.  As a freshman Andrew scored 9 goals and had 4 assists.  His 9 goals in a season have Andrew just outside of the top ten on the single season record for Western Wyoming.  It also places him just outside the top ten on the career record for goals at Western and the career offensive points.  We look forward to Andrew scoring goals and providing assists to make the top ten of those prestigious records.
Newbold also started 7 matches as a freshman and played in 44 halves.  A very useful and skillful young man who will only bolster the WWCC attack.
Newbold's prep soccer career was at Copper Hills High in West Jordan Utah.  He was a big part of the CHHS success both regular season and post season.  Andrew was names to all state teams from the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News his senior year of high school.
We are happy to again have Andrew wear the white, red and black and again bring fear to the opposing keepers of the Mustangs.  Congrats and welcome back Andrew Newbold.

Alan Wendlandt joins the Western Wyoming Family

 Alan Wendlandt a senior from Rock Springs High has recently signed a National Letter of Intent for the Western Wyoming Community College men's soccer team.  Alan has had a great high school career for the Rock Springs Tigers.  He played at the state tournament as a freshman and a sophomore.  Alan suffered an injury that sidelined him for all of his junior year.  Alan has returned to the Tigers for his senior year and looked great as he is led RSHS to victories, scoring goals and adding assists.  Alan led the Tigers to another Wyoming State Tournament and a 5th place finish.  Wendlandt was also named 1st team 4A Wyoming All State Player.
Alan has a high soccer IQ and has an outstanding body type for the college game.  At Western we know that Alan can excel and we look for him to play somewhere in the midfield, most likely as an attacking player but possibly as an outside player.  Alan does have
the skills and speed to play as a forward.  We look forward to seeing Alan do his best this fall as he wears the Mustang Red, White and Black.  Congratulations to Alan for making the next step to play collegiate soccer.

Friday, July 11, 2014

World Cup Fans?

These two buck deer were on the Western Wyoming Community College soccer field Monday July 7th.  Pictures taken by Jeff Atkinson.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Riley Gibson Added to the 2014 Mustang Squad

 Riley Gibson has officially signed to be a member of the 2014 Western Wyoming Mustang Soccer team.  Riley hails from Lehi Utah where he prepped at Lehi High School.  Riley was a member of the LHS soccer team when they won the Utah 4A state in 2010, also a member of the LHS soccer team when they were Region 7 champs in 2010 and 2011.

Riley is a versatile player who did not give up on his dream of playing college soccer and advancing his education.  Riley has a big frame but possesses awesome touch and skills.  Riley will most likely play either a center back for the Mustangs as his 6'2" frame is ideal for the position along with a wealth of soccer experience help out at the center of the defense.

Photo from Riley Gibson
The other position that we feel that Riley will help out and benefit the Mustang team is as a forward.  Gibson came to the WWCC campus and auditioned for the squad in the spring.  We were impressed with his ability as a forward.  He can play with his back to the goal, help control the flow of the match and still advance the ball towards the opposition's goal.  He plays simply and fast.  He uses his teammates and has an accurate shot on frame. 

We are excited to have such a great player and mature person to join our ranks and know that Gibson will do his best to help out the 2014 Mustang squad whether it be as a forward or a center back.  We know that Riley will do great for us this season both on and off of the pitch.  Congratulations Riley on working hard to reach your goal of playing collegiate soccer.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Former Mustang in Soccer Commercial

Dennis Sellis, a 2007 Western Wyoming Mustang, has a role in a current Zions Bank commercial aired throughout our viewing region.  Dennis shown above on the right with current RSL and USMNT midfielder Kyle Beckerman.  Nick Rimando the RSL and a USMNT keeper also stars in the commercial.  Dennis is the career WWCC goal scorer with 34 goals, Sellis lead the NJCAA in goals and offensive points in 2007.  Dennis played one year at Western, he later played at Penn State and Westminster College to finish his college playing career.  The past season Dennis played professional soccer in Finland.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Zac Roper Inks with Western

Zac Roper, a recent graduate of Preston High in Preston Idaho has signed his National Letter of Intent to play soccer at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs WY.
Roper is a tall and gifted attacking player who has the size and speed to play as a striker, the field awareness to be a center attacking mid and the passing accuracy and dribbling skills to be an outside mid.  Zac attended an ID camp in Riverton UT and impressed us as one of the elite high school senior there that day.  He used his frame well and found chances for himself and his teammates.  Roper also impressed with his ability to adapt to playing with new teammates and stayed very positive with all players regardless of the situation.  Zac will be a welcome addition to the Western Wyoming family as we are certain he will contribute well on the field as well as a stellar member of the community and a high achieving scholar athlete.  We wish him the best as he starts his collegiate career.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Western Wyoming Men's Soccer is a NJCAA Academic Team of the Year

The National Junior College Athletic Association released today their NJCAA Academic Teams of the Year for the 2013-2014 school year.  We are very proud to announce that the WWCC Men's Soccer team was ranked as the 5th best NJCAA Academic Team of the past school year.  The WWCC Men's team set this as one of their goals for the season and we are super excited that we accomplished this goal.  This is the second such honor for the Mustang Men's Soccer team, the first coming in the 2011-2012 season.  A team must have an overall GPA above 3.0 to be nominated for this award.  The Western Wyoming Men's Soccer team had their highest GPA ever at 3.11.  We hope to make this an annual tradition for the Men's Soccer team and will try to compete for the National Academic title in the years to come.  From all the employees at WWCC, and the WWCC Men's soccer supporters - "Good Job Mustangs, We are Proud of You".  Click here to see the list of all the teams that were NJCAA All American Academic Teams.