Mustang Soccer signs Lehi High School standout Riley Gibson

Mustang Soccer signs Lehi High School standout Riley Gibson

ROCK SPRINGS – Hitting the field when the sun rises over the mountain and the dew glistens on blades of grass and still being on the same field as the sun goes to bed can make the difference in athletes continuing careers after high school. Recently, the Western Wyoming Community College Mustangs soccer squad added another one of these hard workers.

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

Head Coach Jeff Atkinson said Gibson is a versatile player who did not give up on his dream of playing college soccer and advancing his education.  Gibson has a big frame but Atkinson said he possesses “awesome touch and skills.”  

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Gibson will most likely play either a center back for the Mustangs as his six-foot, two-inch frame is ideal for the position along with a wealth of soccer experience help out at the center of the defense.

Atkinson said the other position that we feel that Gibson 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,” Atkinson said. “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,” Atkinson continued. “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.”