ROCK SPRINGS – The Western Wyoming Community College Mustang men’s soccer squad avoided the loss column for the second week of the season with a win against Salt Lake Community and a draw against Weber State.
Western Wyoming played at Salt Lake Community College. This is the second time that the Mustangs played against the Bruins this season, the first being a draw in a mid-August scrimmage in Rock Springs.
This time around the Bruins struck first in the 38th minute after a penetrating run and a rolling ball found its way past the keeper and defense. Head Coach Jeff Atkinson said the Mustangs played the first half very slow with lots of bumps and bruises from the match the day before.
Thanks to some great individual effort the Mustangs tied the match in the 41st minute. Jesse Cardenas bettered four SLCC defenders and scored a goal, he was assisted by Jose Rincon. At the half the two teams were tied 1 – 1.
The Mustangs played a much better second half scoring in the 49th minute from a back post send from Grayson Barnes and a headed goal from Alan Wendlandt.
SLCC did not waste too much time to tie up the match when a SLCC attacker was fouled in the penalty area and converted the penalty shot in the 53rd minute. In the 76th minute Jose Rincon blasted a shot towards the Bruin goal that took a deflection but still was good enough to find the back of the net.
The Rincon goal was assisted by Jesse Cardenas. Western was able to control the last quarter of the match and maintain the lead and secure the victory. The win brings the Mustang record to 2 – 0 – 2.
Match Wrap Up
Mustang Man of the Match: Jesse Cardenas – for his goal and assist and his change of momentum in the match after scoring the tying goal against four SLCC players.
Shots – WWCC 10, SLCC 9
Assists – WWCC 3, SLCC 1
Saves – WWCC 3, SLCC 4
Corner Kicks – WWCC 3, SLCC 3
Free Kicks – WWCC 9, SLCC 8
Cards – WWCC 1, SLCC 1
Mustangs and Wildcats Draw in Ogden
On a hot late summer day the Mustangs played against the Weber State Wildcats University Club team in Ogden, Utah.
Atkinson said the action as always between the two teams was fast, furious and intense. The Mustangs absorbed a lot of the Wildcat attack in the 1st half with very few real opportunities for Weber.
The Mustangs did generate some offense but not a lot. One of their best chances came when Justin Gordon was fouled and Taylor Flitton put the free kick on frame and forced a save from Weber’s keeper. The halftime score was 0 – 0.
The second half was better for the Mustang attack as they got on the board first scoring in the 59th minute off of Alan Wendlandt’s foot. The goal was assisted by Riley Gibson. The Mustang lead only lasted 9 minutes as Weber tied the match with a goal of their own.
The score would remain tied for the remaining time on the clock.
The match was a draw and the first time the Mustangs had a positive result against Weber in Ogden.
Match Wrap Up
Mustang Man of the Match: Alan Wendlandt for outstanding play and a goal for the Mustangs.
Shots – WWCC 5, WSU 19
Assists – WWCC 1, WSU 1
Saves – WWCC 6, WSU 1
Corner Kicks – WWCC 2, WSU 7
Free Kicks – WWCC 9, WSU 13
Cards – WWCC 2, WSU 1