ROCK SPRINGS – The Western Wyoming Community College men’s soccer squad continues to hunt the top of Region IX after a successful weekend at home.
On Sept. 18, WWCC welcomed Otero to Rock Springs for the first of two games over the weekend. It was a close battle throughout with the match being decided by one goal.
The only goal of the game for either squad came in the second half. Mustang Jake Samsel found Jose Rincon who scored the game-winning goal.
The next day, the Mustangs welcomed another Colorado team as they hosted Trinidad State. While the Otero game was dominated by defense, the Trinidad contest highlighted both team’s offenses.
The Mustangs jumped out to a 2-1 halftime lead but it would not hold up. Landon Jacobson scored first with the assist going to Rincon. Four minutes later, Taylor Flitton and Landon Jacobsen assisted Rincon to give the Mustangs a 2-0 lead. Trinidad scored in the 26th minute and that is the way it would stay at the break.
Trinidad came out shooting in the second half scoring first. Western responded as Braden Smith found Rincon for his second goal of the game to give the Mustangs the lead, 3-2. Trinidad would even the game in the 72nd minute.
In overtime, the two teams defenses stepped up as neither allowed a goal. The game would end in a 3-3 tie.
Season so far
After weekend play, WWCC improved its record to 5-2-2 on the season. They are currently 1-2 in conference play.
So far this year, the Mustangs have been led by Rincon offensively. Currently, he leads the team in points scored with 10. Former Rock Springs Tiger Alan Wendlandt is second on the team with seven. Four Mustangs have two assists each to lead the team.
Defensively, goalie Mitch Jensen has been key. Jensen has 66 saves on the year. He also has two shutouts under his belt.
The Mustang men will be on the road on Wednesday with a contest against Western Nebraska. They will then have four straight games at home starting Friday, Sept. 25 against Sheridan College. Northwest will travel to Rock Springs on Sept. 26.