Monday, December 12, 2011

2011 - The Program is Back on Track

The 2011 Team Preview

The men’s Mustangs soccer team enters the 2011 fall season with renewed enthusiasm and optimism. We are extremely excited to get back to the pitch and prove once again that we are one of the premier 2-year soccer programs in the Rocky Mountain region.

The Mustangs return seven players from last year’s squad. Spencer Mohlman from Bountiful UT is back for another year as a defender for the Red and Black. Nathaniel Sellis a midfielder from Taylorsville UT will again bring his talents to Rock Springs and the Mustangs. The Most Improved Player on the 2010 squad, Angel Muniz from Logan UT, will return in the midfield for WWCC. Mitchell Christensen another midfielder from Bountiful UT will be back to campus to help us out in 2011. Three players will be returning to the United States and to WWCC after 2 year LDS Church mission. All three of these players played on the 2008 squad that competed in the Region IX tournament final. Erik Stembridge a midfilder from Rock Springs WY returns to add some more timely goals. Heber City UT brings us Devin King, a forward who garnered 2nd Team All Region IX honors in 2008 returns. Cameron Lowry, Midway UT, was a 1st Team All Region IX player in 2008 will help in the defense.

With the departure of the players from the 2010 squad we will be welcoming a big group of new students into the Western Wyoming soccer family this fall. Our largest squad and our biggest freshman class ever.

Newcomers to this year’s forwards are: Andrew Newbold from Copper Hills High in West Jordan UT, Steven Shelley from Elko High in Elko Nevada, Jarom Stuart from Desert Oasis High in Las Vegas Nevada and Efren Carrillo from West Wendover Nevada. There is a load of talent in these forwards and we are looking from some individual and team records to fall this season.

The midfield has added Taylor Egbert from Bountiful High in Bountiful UT, Raul Mata from AIMES school and Stansbury Park UT, Coleman Hayduk from Evanston High in Evanston WY, Christian Mendoza from Rock Springs High in Rock Springs WY and Hideo McOmber from Bountiful High in Bountiful UT. We are very pleased with this recruiting class in the midfield and expect them to help our returners to control the possession and the flow of the match.

The Mustang’s back line has been bolstered by the additions of Chad Englert and Mitch Cooper both from Lander Valley High in Lander WY, Carson Broadhead from Riverton High in Riverton UT, Kortny Lancaster and Taylor Chesnovar both from Rock Springs High in Rock Springs WY, Cody Nice from Campbell County High in Gillette WY, and Logan Anderson from Copper Hills High in West Jordan UT. These players have proven they were awesome defenders in high school and we know that their skills can be translated to the collegiate level.

At goalkeeper the Mustangs added two recruits. Luis Trevisan from Mogi das Cruzes Brazil and Cory Thibeault from Stansbury High and Stansbury Park UT. Both players are very reliable keeper and have the skills to be very successful here as Mustangs.

Our returning players and the newcomers to the program have goals and expectations of being a welcome addition to our community and campus, to achieve high marks in the classroom and to compete to win a Region title.


The 2011 Schedule
Aug 19 Loss Dixie State "Scrimmage" (St. George, UT) 9:00 am 2-5
Aug 20 Loss Westminster "Scrimmage" (Salt Lake City, UT) 12:00 pm 1-4
Aug 26 Loss Treasure Valley CC "Scrimmage" (Ontario, OR) 4:00 pm 0-1
Aug 27 Loss College of Idaho "Scrimmage" (Caldwell, ID) 1:30 pm 1-3
Aug 31 Win Northwest College 5:00 pm 2-1
Sept 2 Loss Otero Junior College 2:00 PM 0-3
Sept 7 Win Northeastern Junior College 3:00 PM 3-1
Sept 10 Loss Yavapai College (Prescott, AZ) 6:00 pm 1-9
Sept 12 Win Paradise Valley (Phoenix, AZ) 2:00 pm 5-4
Sept 16 Win Northwest Kansas Tech College 5:30 pm 4-0
Sept 17 Win Westminster Reserves 3:00 pm 2-1
Sept 21 Win Northeastern Junior College (Sterling, CO) 3:00 pm 4-1
Sept 23 Win North Idaho College 4:00 pm 4-2
Sept 24 Win Western Nebraska Community College 1:00 pm 6-5
Sept 28 Loss Northwest College (Powell, WY) 5:00 pm 1-2
Sept 30 Loss Laramie County Community College 3:00 pm 0-1
Oct 1 Win UW Club Team 2:00 pm 8-1
Oct 5 Loss Otero Junior College (LaJunta, CO) 5:00 pm 1-3
Oct 8 Loss North Idaho College (Couer d'Alene, ID) 5:00 pm 0-2
Oct 12 Loss Laramie County Community College (Cheyenne, WY) 1:30 pm 1-5
Oct 14 Win UW Club Team (Laramie, WY) 3:00 pm 2-0
Oct 15 Loss Western Nebraska Community College (Scottsbluff, NE) 2:00 pm 2-3
Oct 19 Loss NJCAA Region IX-1st Round WWCC vs. WNCC 4:00 pm 1-3

The 2011 Team Roster

NO.

PLAYER

POSITION

HT

YR

HOMETOWN

1

Luis Trevisan

Keeper

5'8"

FR

Mogi das Cruzes Brasil

2

Spencer Mohlman

Defense

6'0"

SO

Bountiful, UT

3

Taylor Egbert

Midfield

5'8"

FR

Bountiful, UT

4

Chad Englert

Defense

5'7"

FR

Lander, WY

5

Raul Mata

Midfield/Defense

5'4"

FR

Stansburty Park, UT

6

Mitch Cooper

Defense

5'10"

FR

Lander, WY

7

Nathaniel Sellis

Midfield

6'0"

SO

Taylorsville, UT

8

Angel Muniz

Midfield

5'8"

SO

Logan, UT

9

Carson Broadhead

Defense

5'10"

FR

Riverton, UT

10

Mitchell Christensen

Midfield

5'6"

SO

Bountiful, UT

11

Erik Stembridge

Midfield

6'0"

SO

Rock Springs, WY

12

Kortny Lancaster

Defense

6'0"

FR

Rock Springs, WY

13

Cody Nice

Defense

5'8"

FR

Gillette, WY

14

Andrew Newbold

Forward

6'2"

FR

West Jordan, UT

15

Coleman Hayduk

Midfield

5'11"

FR

Evanston, WY

16

Logan Anderson

Defense

6'1"

FR

West Jordan, UT

17

Cameron Lowry

Defense

6'4"

SO

Midway, UT

18

Steven Shelley

Forward

5'8"

FR

Elko, NV

19

Christian Mendoza

Midfield

6'0"

FR

Chihuahua, Mexico

20

Jarom Stuart

Forward

5'9"

FR

Las Vegas, NV

21

Taylor Chesnovar

Midfield/Defense

5'10"

FR

Rock Springs, WY

22

Hideo McOmber

Midfield/Defense

5'7"

FR

Bountiful, UT

23

Devin King

Forward

6'4"

SO

Heber City, UT

24

Cory Thibeault

Keeper

5'9"

FR

Stansbury Park, UT

25

Efren Carrillo

Midfield/Forward

5'6"

FR

West Wendover, NV

Head Coach: Jeff Atkinson College President: Dr. Karla Leach
Assistant Coach: Matt Robles Athletic Director: Dr. Jackie Freeze
Asst. AD/Trainer: Lu Sweet Student Trainer: Patrick Ritter, Glibert Gonzalez
Games Manager: Amy Prevedel Mascot: Mustang
Colors: Black, White & Red

Saturday, May 21, 2011

2010 - A Year with a lot of Promise








The men’s Mustangs soccer team enters the fall season off of another great season in 2009. We are extremely excited to get back to the pitch and prove once again that we are one of the premier soccer programs in the Rocky Mountain region.

The Mustangs return six players from last year’s squad. Taylor Whetman from Kearns UT will be asked to mind the net again for the Mustangs. Taylor was a 2nd Team All-Region IX selection last season for WWCC. Taylor had 16 starts and 3 shutouts a year ago. Gilbert Gonzalez a local product from Rock Springs WY will return as a forward. Gilbert notched 3 goals and 2 assists his freshman year along with a 2nd Team All-Region IX selection. Logan Bailey a defender who comes to us from Casper WY will be asked to anchor the back line. Logan was also a 2nd Team All-Region IX selection from 2009. Logan started 19 matches and had 1 assist last season. Mika Goodman is another forward returning to the Mustangs. Mika is from Springville UT, he is also a very capable goal keeper. 2009 was a great year for Mika with 5 goals and 1 assist and we look towards more production from Mika. Braxton Hamilton a midfielder who graduated from Riverton WY is another returner for us this season. Braxton had a very good freshman season with 4 goals and 1 assist. WWCC expects some more hustle from Braxton this season. Cody Rall is our last returner; he is from Rock Springs WY. Cody is a defender who was the most improved a season ago. Cody is a big defender that will play a big role on this year’s squad.

Five players on the 2009 squad are currently serving LDS church missions and 4 more done with schooling at Western and looking to move onto 4 year school. With the departure of these players and others we will be welcoming a big group of new students into the Western Wyoming soccer family this fall.

Newcomers to this year’s forwards are: Miguel Angel Maca, Stefan Naylor, Edwin Sanchez and Pat Walker. Miguel played at Natrona County High in Casper, WY. Miguel led the state of WY in scoring his senior year, he helped lead his team to a 2nd place finish in state his junior season. Miguel was a 2 time All-State selection. Stefan Naylor was part of Preston High in Preston, ID, and will bring a lot of speed to our front line. Stefan also played club soccer in Utah and brings experience and savvy. Logan High in Logan, UT, is where Edwin Sanchez played before becoming a Mustang. Edwin has outstanding foot skills and a rocket of a shot. Edwin was a high school starter since his freshman year. He was named on the All- Valley Team all 4 years. Edwin received All- State recognition 2006-2009. Our last forward is Pat Walker from Rock Springs High in Rock Springs WY. Pat is a natural left footed player that had a great career with the RSHS Tigers. Pat was a 2nd Team All-Conference player as a senior. There is a load of talent in these forwards and we are looking from some individual and team records to fall this season.

The midfield has added Jorge Chacon, Mitch Christensen, Charley Lifferth, Angel Muniz, Nathaniel Sellis and Jesus Ramirez for the 2010 campaign. Jorge Chacon is from Spanish Fork, UT, and a graduate of Spanish Fork High. Jorge brings some stability and experience to the Mustangs from the midfield not to mention an offensive punch from the outside. Mitch Christensen comes to the Mustangs from Bountiful High in Bountiful, UT. Mitch has a motor that does not quit and should be able to use his speed to help find his way into the WWCC lineup. Charley Lifferth is from Lehi, UT, and Lehi High. Charley is very skillful and extremely smart on the ball. Charley is expected to have a great career as a Mustang. Angel Muniz was a Logan High graduate from Logan, UT. Angel is a very smart and steady player and could see time in both the midfield and as a forward. He possesses great vision and pinpoint accuracy passing. Nathaniel Sellis, from Taylorsville, UT, and Taylorsville High, is a versatile player who may play in the middle or as a wing. He is a hungry and hard working player we are sure that his abilities will keep him on the field as a Mustang. Jesus Ramirez is a 2010 graduate from Rock Springs High in Rock Springs WY. Jesus played as an outside midfielder and a central midfielder while in high school. He will bring size and speed to the Mustang midfield.

The Mustang’s back line has been bolstered by the additions of Wes Magagna, Spencer Molman, Zach Plitt and Riley Yerkovich. Rock Springs High and the city of Rock Springs WY brings us Wes Magagna who will help out our defense. Wes is a solid defender who was a 2nd Team All-Conference Player his junior year. Spencer Molman is a graduate of Bountiful High and is from Bountiful, UT. Spencer will bring experience in running a defense. Spencer was his high school's 2010 Team Captain and Most Valuable Midfielder. He was a 3 year starter and part of the 2008 Utah State Soccer Champions. Zach Plitt from American Fork, UT, and American Fork High is another defensive recruit. Zach was an integral part of his high school’s successes. He brings a winning attitude and superb physical abilities to an already tough WWCC defense. Riley Yerkovich is another local product from Rock Springs High. Riley is a natural leader whose passion and intelligence will help him becomes a great Mustang. Riley as a senior was named a 2nd Team All-Conference player.

At goalkeeper the Mustangs added one recruit. Todd West is from Taylorsville, UT, and Taylorsville High School. He is very talented with a great high school and club career behind him. He is a very reliable keeper and has the skills to be very successful here as a Mustang.

The 2010 Schedule for WWCC Men's Soccer

Sat August 7 - Practice Begins - Rock Springs WY - 7:00pm
Fri August 20 - Dixie State (Scrimmage) - St. George UT - L (1 - 4)
Sat August 21 - Westminster (Scrimmage) - Salt Lake City UT - W (4 - 2)
Tues August 24 - Treasure Valley (Scrimmage) - Rock Springs WY - L (1 - 2)
Sat August 28 - North Idaho - Couer d’Alene ID - W (1 - 0)* (1 - 0 - 0)
Fri September 3 - Salt Lake CC - Salt Lake City UT - L (1 - 4) (1 - 1 - 0)
Sat September 4 - University of Utah - Salt Lake City UT - L (0 - 5) (1 - 2 - 0)
Tues September 7 - Northwest College - Rock Springs WY - T (2 - 2) (1 - 2 - 1)
Sat September 11 - Idaho State - Pocatello ID - W (1 - 0) (2 - 2 - 1)
Wed September 15 - Laramie County - Cheyenne WY - L (1 - 4) (2 - 3 - 1)
Sat September 18 - Rocky Mountain Rival - Rock Springs WY - W (6 - 3) (3 - 3 - 1)
Wed September 22 - Otero Junior College - La Junta CO - L (1 - 5) (3 - 4 - 1)
Thurs September 23 - Air Force Prep - Colorado Springs CO - L (1 - 3) (3 - 5 - 1)
Fri September 24 - Laramie County - Rock Springs WY - L (2 - 5) (3 - 6 - 1)
Tues September 28 - Northwest College - Powell WY - L (1 - 3) (3 - 7 - 1)
Sat October 2 - Western Nebraska - Scottsbluff NE - L (0 - 3) (3 - 8 - 1)
Tues October 5 - Rocky Mountain Rival - Spanish Fork UT - L (0 - 3) (3 - 9 - 1)
Fri October 8 - Otero Junior College - Rock Springs WY - L (4 - 5) (3 - 10 - 1)
Sat October 9 - University of Utah - Rock Springs WY - W (1 - 0)** (4 - 10 - 1)
Fri October 15 - North Idaho - Rock Springs WY - L (0 - 2) (4 - 11 - 1)
Sat October 16 - Western Nebraska - Rock Springs WY - W (2 - 1) (5 - 11 - 1)

2010 Roster for the Mustangs

NO.

PLAYER

HT

YR

HOMETOWN

1

Taylor Whetman

5'11"

SO

Kearns, UT

2

Spencer Mohlman

6’0”

FR

Bountiful, UT

3

Stefan Naylor

5'9"

FR

Preston, ID

5

Charley Lifferth

5'10"

FR

Lehi, UT

6

Riley Yerkovich

5'8"

FR

Rock Springs, WY

7

Zach Plitt

5'8"

FR

American Fork, UT

8

Logan Bailey

5'7"

FR

Casper, WY

9

Gilbert Gonzalez

5'6"

SO

Guaymas, Mexico

10

Miguel Maca

5'7"

FR

Casper, WY

11

Todd West

6'0"

FR

Taylorsville, UT

12

Jorge Chacon

5'6"

FR

Spanish Fork, UT

14

Mika Goodman

6'0"

SO

Springville, UT

15

Angel Muniz

5'7"

FR

Logan, UT

16

Cody Rall

6'2"

FR

Rock Springs, WY

17

Nathaniel Sellis

6'0"

FR

Taylorsville, UT

19

Mitchell Christensen

5'6"

FR

Bountiful, UT

20

Pat Walker

6'0"

SO

Rock Springs, WY

21

Jesus Ramirez

6'0"

FR

Rock Springs, WY

23

Edwin Sanchez

5'6'

FR

Logan, UT

24

Braxton Hamilton

5'8"

SO

Riverton, WY

25

Wes Magagna

5'9"

FR

Rock Springs, WY







Head Coach: Jeff Atkinson
College President: Dr. Karla Leach
Assistant Coach: Sean Grube
Athletic Director: Dr. Jackie Freeze
Asst. AD/Trainer: Lu Sweet
Student Trainer: Jessica Martinez











Tuesday, June 8, 2010

2009 A Great Year

The men’s Mustangs soccer team enters the fall season coming off their best season as an intercollegiate program. We are extremely excited to get back to the playing field and prove once again that we are one of the premier soccer programs in the Rocky Mountain region.

The Mustangs return four players from last year’s squad. Omar Jaimes, from West Valley City, UT, is a midfielder who was a regular starter for the Mustangs last season, as he started 20 matches. Omar was one of the leading scorers on the squad a season ago with 6 goals and 2 assists. Kyle Howe, hails from Rock Springs, WY, will be asked to solidify the defense and may also get some looks in the midfield. Last season Kyle had 2 assists and started 12 matches. Chris Byers, who is from Bountiful, UT, is a defender who also has the skills to play midfield. Chris notched 2 goals and 2 assists in the 2008 campaign. Taylor Ford is our last returner, he is from Wallsburg, UT. Taylor is a midfielder who has a never die attitude, he was credited with 3 goals a season ago.
We had several players from the 2008 team move on after playing here. Nic Gonzalez and Chase Talbot have both signed on to play at Adams State College (CO) and Patrick Ritter has agreed to play at Dakota Wesleyan (SD) for another 2 seasons. Three players on the 2008 squad are currently serving church missions, one in Brazil and two in Argentina. With the departure of these players and others we will be welcoming a big group of new students into the Western Wyoming soccer family this fall.
Newcomers to this year’s forwards are: Brandon Bushman, Joe Lake and Gilbert Gonzalez. Brandon played at Bingham High in South Jordan, UT. Brandon is a tenacious forward who has a knack for scoring big goals. Joe Lake was part of Bountiful High in Bountiful, UT, and was twice a state champion in soccer in high school. Joe was also named to the state tournament team as a junior. Joe’s senior season was cut short by injury but we expect him to continue his stellar play and be a nightmare for defenses. Rock Springs High in Rock Springs, WY, is where Gilbert Gonzalez played before becoming a Mustang. Gilbert has outstanding foot skills and a rocket of a shot. He lead his high school team to back-to-back state tournament berths. Gilbert was a 1st team 4A All-State player for the state of Wyoming his senior year. There is a load of talent in these forwards and we are looking from some individual and team records to fall this season.
The midfield has added Josh Beck, Braxton Hamilton, Erick Mata, Michael Palacios and Kyle Seljaas for the 2009 campaign. Josh Beck is from West Valley City, UT, and is a transfer student from Salt Lake Community College. Josh brings some stability and experience to the Mustangs from the midfield not to mention an offensive punch. Braxton Hamilton comes to the Mustangs from Riverton High in Riverton, WY. Braxton has a motor that does not quit and should be contributor for WWCC from the start of the season. Erick Mata is from Rock Springs, WY, and a 2009 RSHS graduate. Erick is very skillful and extremely quick, he was a 1st Team All-Conference player. Kyle Seljaas, from Bountiful, UT, and Bountiful High, is a versatile player who may play in the midfield or as a forward. His versatility helped out his high school team his senior season and we are sure that his abilities will keep him on the field as a Mustang.
The Mustang’s back line has been bolstered by the additions of Phillip Angerhofer, Colter Miller, Cody Rall and Jordan Ross. Bingham High and the city of South Jordan bring us Phillip Angerhofer who will help out our defenses. Phillip is a solid defender who we expect to contribute a lot this fall. Colter Miller is a graduate of Campell County High and is from Upton, WY. Colter will bring physicality and experience in running a defense. Colter was named a 1st Team All-State player his senior season. Cody Rall is another local product from Rock Springs High. Cody is a natural leader who size and passion will help him becomes a great Mustang. Cody as a senior was named a 1st Team All-Conference player. Jordan Ross from Kaysville, UT, and Davis High is our final defensive recruit. Jordan is an integral part of his high school’s successes. He brings a winning attitude and superb physical abilities to an already tough WWCC defense.

Within the net at goalkeeper for the Mustangs will be Oscar Delgado, Mika Goodman or Taylor Whetman. Oscar Delgado is from Big Piney, WY, however he played his soccer at Pinedale High School. He is very talented with a great upside and potential. Oscar’s other soccer skills are high and may seem time as a keeper or as a field member. Mika Goodman is a Springville High graduate and from Springville, UT. Mika had a great career as a keeper in high school and also has the ability to use his speed to play forward. Mika has the ability to be a great keeper at WWCC. Taylor Whetman is from Kearns, UT, and Kearns High. Taylor was a four-year starter at his high school, and was a very reliable keeper for them. Taylor has the experience and skills to be very successful here as a Mustang.

The 2009 Mustangs finished with a 8 - 8 - 2 record for the season. Here was their schedule and results.
Tues August 18th - Salt Lake CC - Salt Lake City UT - 5:30pm (Scrimmage WWCC 3 - SLCC 4)
Thurs August 20th - Adams State - Alamosa CO - 2:30pm (Scrimmage WWCC 3 - ASC 2)
Sat August 22nd - Rocky Mountain Rival - Rock Springs WY - 11:00 am (Scrimmage WWCC 2 - RMR 2)
Fri August 28th - Community Colleges of Spokane - Spokane WA - Won 1 - 0 (1 - 0 - 0)
Sat August 29th - North Idaho College - Couer D' Alene ID - Lost 0 - 4 (1 - 1 - 0)
Sat September 5th - Southern Utah - Cedar City UT - Won 1 - 0 (2 - 1 - 0)
Fri September 11th - Western Nebraska - Rock Springs WY - Tie 1 - 1 (2 - 1 - 1)
Sat September 12th - Westminster - Rock Springs WY - Tie 1 - 1 (2 - 1 - 2)

Wed September 16th - LCCC - Cheyenne WY - Lost 0 - 6 (2 - 2 - 2)
Fri September 18th - University of Wyoming - Laramie WY - Lost 0 - 3 (2 - 3 - 2)
Sat September 19th - Salt Lake CC - Rock Springs WY - Won 5 - 2 (3 - 3 - 2)
Tues September 22nd - Air Force Prep - Colorado Springs CO - Won 4 - 2 (4 - 3 - 2)
Sat September 26th - Madison Dragons - Rock Springs WY - Lost 0 - 1 (OT) (4 - 4 - 2)
Sat September 26th - Central Wyoming - Rock Springs WY - Won 8 - 3 (5 - 4 - 2)

Wed September 30th - LCCC - Rock Springs WY - Lost 0 - 1 (5 - 5 - 2)
Fri October 2nd - North Idaho College - Rock Springs WY - Won 2 - 1 (6 - 5 - 2)

Wed October 7th - Rocky Mountain Rival - Provo UT - Won 2 - 0 (7 - 5 - 2)
Sat October 10th - Westminster - Salt Lake City UT - Lost 1 - 2 (7 - 6 - 2)
Tues October 13th - Madison Dragons - Rexburg ID - Lost 0 - 1 (7 - 7 - 2)
Fri October 16th - Western Nebraska - Scottsbluff NE - Won 4 - 3 OT (8 - 7 - 2)
Fri October 23rd - Region IX Semi-Final vs WNCC- Cheyenne WY - Lost 1 - 2 (8 - 8 - 2)


Here is the 2009 WWCC Mustang Roster

1 Taylor Whetman GK FR
2 Logan Bailey DEF FR
3 Brandon Bushman FOR FR
4 Kyle Howe - Capt DEF SO
5 Joe Lake FOR FR
6 Jordan Ross DEF FR
7 Oscar Delgado GK/ F FR
8 Kyle Seljaas MID FR
9 Colter Miller DEF FR
10 Omar Jaimes - Capt MID SO
11 Erick Mata MID FR
12 Taylor Ford MID SO
14 Mika Goodman GK/ F FR
16 Cody Rall DEF FR
17 Josh Beck MID FR
21 Gilbert Gonzalez FOR FR
22 Chris Byers MID SO
24 Phil Angerhofer DEF FR
25 Braxton Hamilton MID FR

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Building a strong program - 2008


2008 WWCC Men’s Soccer Preview

The 2007 season for the men’s Mustang soccer was a success. Seeing the Mustangs finish the regular season in second place in the region and with a .500 record. The Mustangs finished the season with some great momentum and the respect of every team that they played. The team and its players broke numerous team and individual records and they will be remembered for their potent offense and superb defense.
The 2008 version of the Mustangs will need to fill a few holes from those players graduating, fulfilling church missions and transferring on to bigger programs. Two regular starters graduated, four left to fulfill church missions and one player transferred onto the Penn State soccer program. They will indeed be missed but the new recruits to the program will provide Western with the needed attitude and skill level to be a team to be reckoned with.

At the forward position there will be an entire change of the guard, with Dennis Sellis (1st team all region, transferred to Penn State) and Derek Stewart (2nd team all region, on a church mission to Finland) not returning. Franchelli Albornoz, from Hunter High School, was an all-state player from Utah, will bring incredible ball skills and great speed. Devin King, from Wasatch High in Heber City UT, is a tall forward whose ability to find the back of the net will be key for the 2008 Mustangs. Kota Kimura, an international student from Tokyo Japan, will provide the team with great speed and an engine that does not stop. Finally, Kyle Talbott from Rock Springs WY, will be our final forward. Kyle brings the ability to score and show up in big games. Needless to say these forwards will be a handful for the opposition’s backline.

In the midfield the WWCC team loses three of their best midfielders and three of the first players to sign with WWCC Tyler Cox, Eric Nieters (1st team all region) and Chad Zueck (2nd team all region). The Mustangs return 3 players who saw a lot of the field last year. Allen Deru, Colt Klements, Chase Talbot, are the three returning midfielders and all three are from Evanston High in WY. Between the three of them they had 6 goals and 22 starts last season. They were a big part of the team last year and we are expecting them to step up their game even more for their sophomore campaign. The new players in the midfield will be; Chris Byers, Kyle Howe, Taylor Ford, Omar Jaimes, Erik Stembridge and Brad Yard. Chris Byers is a versatile player who could play almost any position on the field, he brought great experience helping Bountiful High in UT to a 4A state championship his senior year. A local talent from Rock Springs High is Kyle Howe, his versatility is also a plus. Kyle was a 2008 all-state player from WY and will be used to help control the middle. Taylor Ford, was a captain on his Wasatch High team his senior year and lead them to a great season and a state tournament birth. Our second member of the team from Hunter High is Omar Jaimes. Omar has great footwork and skills and has the ability to not only control the midfield but also attack from it. Erik Stembridge is a 2008 graduate from Rock Springs High, his dedication and hard work will only be a benefit to the Mustangs. Brad Yard will come back to Rock Springs after spending a year in Las Vegas. Brad is a hard nose player who looks after the team before himself, he is a Rock Springs High graduate. We are very happy with the returnees and new players in the midfield. Their versatility will allow us to explore different attacking and defensive formations.

The defense sees three starters leave Matt Kolar (2nd team all region), Sam Taylor (2nd team all region) and Chance Trotter (2nd team all region). The Mustangs will not be without talent as they return both Nic Gonalez (1st team all region) and Patrick Ritter. The defensive recruiting class is probably the best in the team’s history. Ricardo Arreola, Mason Hall, Jeff Jewell, Cameron Lowry and Ben Owens are the new recruits and should fill in the new roles with no problems. Ricardo is a graduate from Pine View High out of St. George UT, he will bring some physicality, speed and strength. He won a state championship his junior year. Mason Hall comes to us from Kelly Walsh High School in Casper, WY. He is a very solid defender who just does not seem to make mistakes. He was a key part of his high school’s state championship his senior year. Twin Falls High in ID gives us Jeff Jewell. Jeff is a big tall defender who uses his skills and his mental ability to best his opponent. He was a red-shirt player last year at KCCC. Cameron Lowry was a 1st team all-state player from UT his senior season, he is from Wasatch High and is able to control the back line plus get into the attack on set pieces and his throw-ins. Green River High brings us a 4A all-state defender in Ben Owens. Ben was a leader on his team and uses good instincts and incredible speed to his advantage. This group of players could prove to be the best defensive unit in team history.

The keeper is the last line of defense and WWCC returns their regular starter from the 2007 season and added two other great keepers. Shawn Coryell from Evanston, WY, started the majority of our games last season and looks to build on his experience to try to keep his starting job. Tyson Day, our fourth recruit from Wasatch High, will use his experience to push his way into the starting role. He possesses great hands and the ability to communicate well with his team. Steven Sharp was an honorable mention all-state player from Grantsville High in UT. Steven not only played keeper but forward for his high school team. He has the ability to shut down the opposition and can make those spectacular game-changing saves. The competition for starting keeper will be intense but we are assured that we will have a great keeper on the field and some wonderful players backing him up.

2008 should be a wonderful year for us as we host the Region IX tournament this year and it is our goal to be able to win the championship on our home field. We would like to thanks all those that support us as we try to represent ourselves and Western Wyoming Community College to the best of our abilities.
Here is the 2008 Roster for the WWCC Men's Soccer Team
#2 - Mason Hall - Freshman - Defense
#3 - Devin King - Freshman - Forward
#4 - Kyle Howe - Freshman - Defense
#6 - Ricardo Arreola - Freshman - Midfield
#7 - Allen Deru - Sophomore - Midfield - Captain
#8 - Omar Jaimes - Freshman - Midfield
#9 - Kota Kimura - Freshman - Forward
#10 - Chris Byers - Freshman - Defense
#11 - Jeff Jewell - Freshman - Defense
#12 - Taylor Ford - Freshman - Midfield
#13 - Colt Klements - Sophomore - Midfield
#14 - Ben Owens - Freshman - Defense
#16 - Steven Sharp - Freshman - Keeper/Forward
#17 - Cameron Lowry - Freshman - Defense
#19 - Galana Eshete - Freshman - Forward
#20 - Chase Talbot - Sophomore - Midfield - Captain
#21 - Nic Gonzalez - Sophomore - Defense - Captain
#22 - Kyle Talbott - Freshman - Forward
#24 - Erik Stembridge - Freshman - Midfield
#25 - Patrick Ritter - Sophomore - Defense
#88 - Shawn Coryell - Sophomore - Keeper - Captain
Head Coach: Jeff Atkinson
Assistant Coach: Sean Grube
Trainer: Lu Sweet
Student Trainer: Jessica Martinez
College President: Dr. Karla Leach
Athletic Director: Dr. Jackie Freeze
The Results for the 2008 WWCC Mustangs were as follows;
Team Record (10 - 8 - 0)
Rocky Mountain Rival - Rock Springs WY - L 4-5 OT (0 - 1 - 0)
Colorado Mountain College - Rock Springs WY - W 3-0 (1 - 1 - 0)
WWCC vs BR Soccer Club - Rock Springs WY - W 5-1 (2 - 1 - 0)
*Western Nebraska CC - Scottsbluff NE - L 0-1 (2 - 2 - 0)
Iowa Western CC - Scottsbluff NE - L 3-4 (2 - 3 - 0)
Univeristy of Wyoming - Laramie WY - W 3 - 1 (3 - 3 - 0)
*LCCC - Rock Springs WY - L 0 - 5 (3 - 4 - 0)
North Idaho College - Salt Lake City UT - L 2 - 8 (3 - 5 - 0)
Colorado Mountain College - Glenwood Springs CO - W 4 - 2 (4 - 5 - 0)
Northwest College - Powell WY - W 6 - 2 (5 - 5 - 0)
Southern Utah University - Provo UT - W 1 - 0 (6 - 5 - 0)
Rocky Mountain Rival - Provo UT - W 1 - 0 (7 - 5 - 0)
University of Utah - Salt Lake City UT - L 1 - 4 (7 - 6 - 0)
*Western NE CC - Rock Springs WY -L 0 - 1 (7 - 7 - 0)
*Laramie County CC - Cheyenne WY - W 2 - 1 (8 - 7 - 0)
Sheridan College - Rock Springs WY - Canceled due to snow
Westminister Reserves - Salt Lake City UT - W 2 - 1 OT (9 - 7 - 0)
Region IX Semi-Final (WWCC vs Western Nebraska) - Rock Springs WY - W 1 - 0 (10 - 7 - 0)Region IX Final (WWCC vs Laramie County) - Rock Springs WY - L 0 - 3 (10 - 8 - 0) -

Monday, July 21, 2008

2007 - The Start of Something Special

After what I felt was a debacle of a year in 2006, I knew we needed new attitudes and new personnel to make Western Wyoming a legitimate contender for the Region IX title. We had a lot of local recruits, from southwest Wyoming, like Tyler Cox, Allen Deru, Colt Klements and Chase Talbot from Evanston WY, Eric Nieters and Michael "Mini" Menegassi from Green River WY and Ashby McCort, Chad Zueck, Jon Allen and Patrick Ritter from Rock Springs WY. We also got some recruits from different parts of the Cowboy state like Micah Draney from Auburn WY, Matt Fagerland and Brandon Schimelpfenig from Buffalo WY with Wyatt Thurston from Lander WY. WWCC also started to use the talent in the state of Utah to their benefit, the recruits from Utah were Dennis Sellis from Hunter High (Taylorsville UT), Sam Taylor and Alex Korth from Box Elder High (Brigham City UT) and the Fab Four from Snow Canyon High (St. George UT) Nic Gonzalez, Chance Trotter, Matt Kolar and Derek Stewart. We spent a lot of time at the beginning of the year to come together as a team. We had two slogans for the year, TEAM FIRST, TEAM ALWAYS. The other slogan was PAY THE PRICE TO LIVE THE DREAM. This team took this slogans to heart and posted a lot of firsts for the program.


Here is the 2007 Team Roster
#0 - Matt Fagerland - Freshman - Keeper
#2 - Matt Kolar - Freshman - Defense
#3 - Tyler Cox - Sophomore - Midfield
#4 - Ashby McCort - Sophomore - Midfield/Defense
#5 - Michael "Mini" Menegassi - Freshman - Defense
#7 - Allen Deru - Freshman - Midfield
#8 - Wyatt Thurston - Freshman - Forward
#9 - Sam Taylor - Freshman - Defense
#10 - Derek Stewart - Freshman - Forward
#11 - Jon Allen - Freshman - Midfield
#12 - Chas Zueck - Sophomore - Midfield
#13 - Colt Klements - Freshman - Midfield
#14 - Alex Korth - Freshman - Midfield/Defense
#15 - Brandon Schimelpfenig - Sophomore - Forward
#17 - Eric Nieters - Sophomore - Midfield
#18 - Dennis Sellis - Freshman - Forward
#19 - Chance Trotter - Freshman - Midfield/Defense
#20 - Chase Talbot - Freshman - Midfield
#21 - Nic Gonzalez - Freshman - Defense
#25 - Patrick Ritter - Freshman - Defense
#26 - Micah Draney - Freshman - Keeper
#88 - Shawn Coryell - Freshman - Keeper
Head Coach - Jeff Atkinson
Assistant Coach - Tyler Gilmore
Student Trainers - Nora Harlow and Jared Miller
Athletic Director - Jackie Freeze




2007 Schedule and Results

Team Record (8 - 9 - 2)
8/24/07 vs University of Great Falls @ Great Falls MT - L (2 - 3) OT
8/30/07 vs Rocky Mountain Xpress @ Kaysville UT - L (3 - 4)
9/1/07 vs Central Wyoming @ Rock Springs WY - W (9 - 0)
9/5/07 vs Western Nebraska @ Rock Springs WY - W (4 - 3) OT
9/6/07 vs LCCC @ Cheyenne WY - T (2 - 2) OT
9/11/07 vs Northwest College @ Powell WY - W (8 - 0)
9/14/07 vs University of Wyoming @ Laramie WY - L (0 - 2)
9/19/07 vs Central Wyoming @ Riverton WY - W (11 - 0)
9/22/07 vs Sheridan College @ Sheridan WY - W (14 - 0)
9/26/07 vs Colorado Mountain College @ Glenwood Springs CO - L (2 - 3)
9/27/07 vs Cloud County (KS) @ Glenwood Springs CO - W (3 - 1)
9/28/07 vs Air Force Prep @ Glenwood Springs CO - T (3 - 3)
10/3/07 vs Rocky Mountain Xpress @ Rock Springs WY - L (1 - 2)
10/5/07 vs LCCC @ Rock Springs WY - L (0 - 7)
10/6/07 vs Northwest College @ Rock Springs WY - W (4 - 3)
10/9/07 vs Western Nebraska @ Scottsbluff NE - L (1 - 4)
10/12/07 vs University of Great Falls @ Rock Springs WY - L (3 - 4) OT
10/13/07 vs Sheridan College @ Rock Springs WY - W (14 - 0)
10/19/07 vs Western Nebraska @ Scottsbluff NE - L (0 - 1)



2007 WWCC Year in Review

The 2007 team was a team of many firsts and many records. We finished the regular season in Region IX in second place their highest regular season finish ever. We got our first Region IX victory ever with an overtime win versus Western Nebraska and we got our first points off of LCCC in the region when we tied them in Cheyenne WY. We scored more goals than any previous year, we also had more victories than any other intercollegiate team in WWCC history.

On an individual basis we had a lot of success and a lot of recognition. Dennis Sellis was the leading scorer in the nation for NJCAA and also the leading point getters in the nation for NJCAA. Dennis was an unanimous 1st team All-Region IX Player. Due to a typo at the Region IX office he was not able to be recognized as an All-American but I am sure he would have been 1st team All-American. Another forward that got some recognition was Derek Stewart, he was 2nd team All-Region IX. Before his injury he was ranked in the top 50 in the nation for scoring. Eric Nieters was a midfielder who was WWCC's first repeat 1st team All-Region IX Player. Chad Zueck was also recognized as a 2nd team All-Region IX Player. Chance Trotter was also voted onto the 2nd team All-Region IX Team as a freshman in the midfield position. WWCC had three defenders who were placed on the All-Region teams; Nic Gonzalez has voted in the 1st team while Sam Taylor and Matt Kolar were 2nd team players.

Many of the players on the 2007 team moved on after just one year, we wish them luck and hope to have many of them back as soon as we can. Dennis Sellis - transferred to Penn State on a soccer scholarship. Derek Stewart - served an LDS mission to Finland. Chance Trotter - served an LDS mission to Mexico and Matt Kolar served an LDS mission to Puerto Rico.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

2006 - The first intercollegiate year and the birth of the Mustangs



At the end of the 2005 season, we felt we had made enough of a growth to petition the school to approve the program's step up to a varsity program. At the board meeting of April 2006 the college board approved the move from a co-ed club team to a men's varsity soccer program. They also approved scholarship money to be awarded to the members of the new team. Along with the change in the status of the program the college itself made a change and renamed its athletic teams from Spartans to Mustangs.
Even with a late start to recruiting the recruits that we were able to sign on were good solid recruits. We had seven returning players from the 2005 club team and high hopes to ensure that our promotion was deserved. As a new intercollegiate program we decided to step up our schedule and drop a lot of the games versus club teams and pick up as many games as we could against other intercollegiate programs. In so doing we had to travel for a lot of our games, all in all we traveled 6,685 miles during the course of the season, this was just to get us to the games. The road trips were many, the wins too far in between but the program's growth was cemented and was here to stay. This is the first WWCC Region IX Goal (Vic Hiler vs WNCC in Rock Springs)

Here is the 2006 Team Roster
0 - Brandon Ludtke - Sophomore - Keeper
2 - Jordan Atkinson - Freshman - Forward
3 - Marcus Menegassi - Freshman - Midfield
4 - Brant Harsh - Freshman - Defense
5 - Tyler Gilmore - Sophomore - Defense
6 - Tanner Brimhall - Captain - Sophomore - Defense
7 - Zabdiel Pimental - Freshman - Midfield
8 - Seth Lancaster - Captain - Sophomore - Defense
9 - Willie Padilla - Freshman - Forward
10 - Stephen Taggart - Captain - Sophomore - Defense
11 - Tyler Cox - Freshman - Midfield
12 - Chad Zueck - Freshman - Midfield
13 - JJ Facinelli - Freshman - Midfield
14 - Lionel Sakou - Sophomore - Midfield
15 - Matt Freeman - Sophomore - Forward
17 - Eric Nieters - Freshman - Midfield
18 - Mulugeta Fitamo - Freshman - Midfield
19 - Nick Nelson - Sophomore - Defense
20 - Victor Hiler - Captain - Sophomore - Forward
24 - Brant Makowski - Freshman - Defense
25 - Ben Dietrich - Freshman - Midfield
26 - Jesse Cornejo - Freshman - Keeper
Head Coach - Jeff Atkinson
Assistant Coach - Matt Robles
Student Trainer - Jessica Marshall
Athletic Director - Jackie Freeze


2006 Schedule and Results
Team Results (4 - 13 - 3)
8/25/06 - vs North Idaho College @Coeur d'Alene ID - L (0 - 5)
8/26/06 - vs Madison Dragons @ Rexburg ID - L (1 - 7)
9/2/06 - vs Central Wyoming @ Rock Springs WY - W (9 - 0)
9/8/06 - vs Colorado Mountain College @ Glenwood Springs CO - W (5 - 2)
9/9/06 - vs Western Nebraska CC @Scottsbluff NE - L (0 - 3)
9/12/06 - vs Utah State @ Logan UT - L (0 - 6)
9/15/06 - vs Eastern Utah @ Ogden UT - W (1 - 0)
9/16/06 - vs Utah Valley State @ Ogden UT - L (0 - 3)
9/16/06 - vs Weber State "B" @ Ogden UT - L (0 - 4)
9/19/06 - vs Western Nebraska CC @ Rock Springs WY - L (1 - 5)
9/23/06 - vs LCCC @ Cheyenne WY - L (0 - 2)
9/26/06 - vs Utah State @ Rock Springs WY - L (0 - 4)
9/28/06 - vs Central Wyoming @ Riverton WY - L (1 - 2)
10/3/06 - vs Utah Valley State @ Orem UT - L (1 - 5)
10/7/06 - vs Air Force Prep @ Glenwood Springs CO - T (0 - 0)
10/7/06 - vs Western State @ Glenwood Springs CO - W (2 - 1)
10/8/06 - vs SLCC @ Glenwood Springs CO - L (0 - 5)
10/14/06 -vs Southern Utah @ Cedar City UT - T (3 - 3)
10/14/06 - vs Weber State "A" @ Cedar City UT - T (1 - 1)
10/20/06 - vs LCCC @ Cheyenne WY - L (0 - 6)


2006 WWCC Team Review
The 2006 season for the men's Mustang soccer was a learning experience for the team. As a newly approved NJCAA intercollegiate team the Mustangs faced stiffer competition and many road trips. The Mustangs finished the season with four wins, thirteen losses and 3 ties. Due to being a new team in the NJCAA ranks, the Mustangs had a hard time scheduling home games and played seventeen of their twenty games away from Rock Springs. The Mustangs scheduled and played eleven teams who are in the NJCAA and nine of their opponents were NCAA, or four year schools.
Even through the road trips and the tough opponents the Mustangs were able to find success and progressed as the year progressed. Their last five games saw the Mustangs finish with one win, two losses and two ties. The Mustangs were also able to set many new school records including goals scored in a game (9) and shots in a game (48) both set versus Central Wyoming.
The Mustangs sophomore class leaves with the first state club championship (2005) and the programs first intercollegiate win (5 - 2 versus Colorado Mountain). The Mustangs will miss the sophomore's spirit and desire to win. Finishing their Western Wyoming career are Brandon Ludtke (Keeper), Tyler Gilmore (Defense), Tanner Brimhall (Defense), Seth Lancaster (Defense), Stephen Taggart (Defense), Lionel Sakou (Midfield), Matt Freeman (Forward), Nick Nelson (Defense) and Victor Hiler (Forward). As this sophomore class moves on they leave with various Western Wyoming Soccer career records including most career goals (Victor Hiler - 27), most career offensive points (Victor Hiler - 60), most career starts (Tanner Brimhall - 34) and most career saves (Brandon Ludtke - 225).
The Mustang freshman class was also a bright spot on this year's squad. Thirteen members of the twenty-two team members were freshmen with the majority of them seeing significant playing time throughout the season. In fact, two freshmen started every game this year (Ben Dietrich and Eric Nieters) and four freshman saw action in every half that we played this season (Tyler Cox, Ben Dietrich, Marcus Menegassi and Eric Nieters). The Mustangs will return their second leading scorer (JJ Faceinelli) and seven other freshmen players who recorded offensive points (Tyler Cox, Ben Dietrich, Brant Harsh, Marcus Menegassi, Eric Nieters, Willie Padilla and Chad Zueck). Jesse Cornejo the Mustangs freshman keeper who saw some quality playing time, especially towards the end of the season, recorded 42 saves this season and should be a solid keeper for the Mustangs his sophomore year.
Notes and Memories from the 2006 Season
Our first road trip of the year we took the supposed to be 12 hour trip to North Idaho. The bus was overheating and it took us nearly three hours just to get to Evanston WY. He did get the problem fixed but after a long dinner we pulled into Butte MT very late and the drive the next day was longer that we anticipated. Needless to say we did not play our best in our first intercollegiate game, but we did look good in our road black uniforms. We picked up our first win of the season the next week as we dismantled Central Wyoming College and looked pretty good putting many passes together.
The following week was another terribly long road trip. First we went to Glenwood Springs CO and played Colorado Mountain College. It was also a great game for us, it also saw Victor Hiler score twice in the span of 10 seconds. He stole the kickoff and saw the keeper not paying attention and put in a shot from around half. I remember JJ Facinelli being really sick this trip almost on the verge of needing medical attention. The trip that night from Glenwood Springs to Denver was horrible as the bus was crowded and could not go faster than 30 mph. We got into Denver around 1:30am and we had to leave for Scottsbluff NE at 7:00am so to say the least it was a short night. We made it on time to play Western Nebraska and ended up losing to them and Matt Freeman got a red card with about 1 minute to play in the game.
The next week we were in Utah for games, we played Utah State in Logan during the week and it was really hot and humid. We did not play that great and saw them get an early lead on us. Later on that week we played in the Diadora Tournament in Ogden UT. We had to change venues because there was so much rain. Our first opponent Eastern UT did not show up to the tournament so he got a forfeit. Our second opponent was Utah Valley State. They were a good team but we played them very tough losing our chance to be victorious at the end of the match. The UVSU team ended up winning the tournament. The next day in a mud pit we played what might have been our worst game of the year and lost to Weber State's "B" team talk about a frustrating tournament and start of a season. We had so much potential but could not seem to found our strengths or any consistency.
In the next seven days we played both of our region opponents, losing big to Western Nebraska at home but scoring our first Region IX goal (Victor Hiler on a pk). We also traveled to Cheyenne to face LCCC and played them very tough losing on an early PK and a late insurance goal. Once again our consistency was a factor.
We played Utah State at home and Central Wyoming on the road during the next week. Both of these games were re-matches from earlier games. We played Utah State very tough but could not keep them off of the scoreboard enough, much better than the time before. We were told before the game that one of our team captains Stephen Taggart was in the hospital with emergency appendectomy surgery. We also lost leading scorer Victor Hiler for the next game due to a red card. We then embarrassingly lost to Central Wyoming, a team we destroyed earlier in the year, once again we were never sure what team was going to show up to which games.
Two road trips highlighted the following week, we were tied with Utah Valley at halftime in Orem UT before they pulled away in the second half. The UVSU game is were the work horse award was first discussed and awarded. We also traveled to the Colorado Mountain College Tournament in Glenwood Springs CO. Our first days opponents were Air Force Prep whom we tied zero to zero. The next opponent was Western State from CO who we defeated and we had a chance to win our group with that victory. It all depended on our next game versus Salt Lake Community College. SLCC was a quality team that used some luck with the mud and water in front of our goal to jump on us early. We also missed a handful of shots that we seemed to always hit in other games. Seth Lancaster was sent to the hospital with stitches after a collision with a SLCC player.
The final week of the regular season saw our home finale versus LCCC snowed out and a road trip to Cedar City UT to play both Southern Utah University and Weber State's "A" team. The team was finally becoming more consistent and we were confident that not only could we have defeated LCCC but that we would give the two teams from UT good games. We should have defeated both teams in UT but we just did not know how to finish off teams. We ended with two ties against pretty good teams, but as I said before we should have beaten both of those teams. I still remember Stephen Taggart's goal versus Weber State as he was fouled probably five times on his way to the goal.
The final game of the season was in the Region IX tournament in Cheyenne against LCCC. Just our luck we got to play the host school. Maybe we were overconfident but we let the LCCC team score about 4 goals in a 5-6 minute period at the start of the second half to seal our fate. Our season ended with a lot more losses than we had hoped for and a lot of miles of the old WWCC bus.