GREEN RIVER – On Saturday, March 25, in Green River, the 2017 Western Wyoming Community College Soccer teams started their spring scrimmage season.
The Mustangs played a 90-minute scrimmage against the University of Utah Men’s Club team. Utah came out of the gates in an attacking mode and caught the Mustangs in a very sluggish beginning. Coach Jeff Atkinson said after the first minutes of play the Mustangs played very well in the first half, especially finding possession and creating chances going forward.
In goal for the Mustangs was Ben Kunz who had never played keeper at the collegiate level before Saturday. Atkinson said Ben played very well making several saves on the day. In spite of the good overall play, the Mustangs found themselves behind by 2 goals at the intermission. Calvin Karangwa was injured near the end of the first half and did not return for the rest of the scrimmage.
The Mustangs continue their good run of play in the second half and Josh Abplanalp was able to sneak a ball past the Ute defense after a mistake from the back line of Utah. With about 20 minutes to go the Mustangs had a few opportunities to tie the scrimmage including a header from Briston Lowell that hit the post. However, on a counter attack with minutes left, the Utes hit a nice shot from the right side of the box. The late U of U goal moved the final score 3-1 in favor of the Utes.
Suiting up for the first time for the Mustangs as spring adds were Delaney Seilbach and Jaekang Lee. Playing in a new position was Camen Gray who played very well for 90 minutes at center back.
Next on the spring scrimmage schedule are scrimmages for the Mustangs against the U of U club team and Westminster in Salt Lake City on Saturday April 8th.
WWCC Women’s Soccer
The ladies of WWCC also faced the Women’s Club Soccer team from the University of Utah.
Western Wyoming played a much better first half of the scrimmage than in the second half mainly due to the help from the wind in the first. Both teams on the day played a very physical brand of soccer. Neither team had too many chances in the first 45 minutes. Atkinson said the defense from the Mustangs, Rylee Blacker, Vanessa Ramirez, Kelsey Moffitt, Jessica Arevalo and Maddie Case played very well on the day.
After the halftime break the wind was in the face of the Mustangs and they ended up playing more defense in the last 45 minutes then they wanted to or anticipated after a decent attacking first half. The lone match of the scrimmage was from a penalty kick. Utah converted the penalty kick in the 85th minute after a Mustang foul in the box. The final tally was 1-0 for the Utes in the first ever meeting between the two teams.
Members of the 2016 team who are continuing to play in the spring 2017 scrimmage season on Saturday were Rylee Blacker, Maya Perrin, Jessica Arevalo, Maddie Case, Britney Merritt, Clarissa Barton, Aly Sweet, Shantay Robinson, Brooke Foster and Vanessa Ramirez.
Playing the first time for the Red, Black and White were; Kelsey Moffitt, Ryann Stassinos and Alyssia Coe.