ROCK SPRINGS – The Western Wyoming Men’s Soccer team has gone some time without a loss as they added two more home wins to extend their winning streak to five.
The Mustangs moved to 10-2-3 overall and 4-2 in conference as they took down both Central and Northeastern last week. Western has not lost a match since Sept. 9. They did have one tie over the stretch in a match against Trinidad.
Against Northeastern on Wednesday, the Mustang offense exploded in the second half to take the shutout win, 7-0. Six of the Western goals were scored in the second half.
The only goal of the first half came seven minutes into the match. Mustang Jose Rincon found Jesse Cardenas for the goal.
It looked as if it would be a defensive battle for the first part of the second half, but at the 63 minute mark the floodgates opened.
Nate Cutler scored on a Taylor Flitton assist to go up two. Flinton and Jake Samsel assisted Jesse Cardenas for his second goal of the match four minutes later, and at the 75 minute mark Samsel added another assist as Grayson Barnes score the third Mustang goal of the half.
Samsel got a goal of his own four minutes later with an assist going to Conner Cutler. Two minutes after the fourth goal, the Mustangs made it five as Justin Gordon found Alex Sorenson.
After an assist in the first half, Rincon finished the scoring in the match. He scored in the 86th minute on an unassisted goal.
The impressive goal keeping play by the Mustangs continued to be dominant. After being named NJCAA Goalie of the week, Jensen had four saves in 65 minutes,not allowing a goal. Austin Pinter took over and kept the scoreboard clean for the final 25 minutes.
On Friday, the Mustangs opened the weekend as they hosted Central. Much like Saturday, WWCC and Central played an even first half. At the break, both teams went into the locker room without a point.
Most of the second half mirrored first-half play. Finally, the Mustangs were able to get that one goal which would put them over the top. in the 75th minute, Jose Rincon scored what would be the deciding goal. Alex Sorenson was given an assist on the play.
WWCC added an insurance goal right before the end of the game. This time it was Rincon on the assist as Jesse Cardenas scored late giving the Mustangs the 2-0 win.
The Mustangs will look to continue the streak as they make the Colorado swing starting with Trinidad on Friday. The will face Otero the next day, Sat. Oct. 10. Western beat Otero in the first meeting and battled Trinidad to a 3-3 tie.
Other than the winning streak, the Mustangs also have another streak going. What might be the biggest factor in this stretch without a loss for Western is the Mustang defense. In the 15 games this season, the Mustangs have only allowed nine goals. They also have shut out their last five opponents and have seven shutouts in their last eight matches.
WWCC 3, Northwest 0 – Sept. 26
Mustang Men of the Match: Landon Jacobsen for the first goal of the match and great play throughout the week. Alan Wendlandt for a left footed assist and an unassisted amazing goal.
Shots – WWCC 24, NWC 12
Assists – WWCC 2, NWC 0
Saves – WWCC 6, NWC 7
Corner Kicks – WWCC 4, NWC 4
Free Kicks – WWCC 7, NWC 7
Cards – WWCC 0, NWC 0
WWCC 4, Sheridan 0 – Sept. 25
Mustang Men of the Match: Jose Rincon for another brace (2 goals) and Mitch Jensen for his fourth shutout on the season, tying the single season mark and setting the WWCC career shutout record.
Shots – WWCC 22, SC 24
Assists – WWCC 2, SC 0
Saves – WWCC 8, SC 8
Corner Kicks – WWCC 4, SC 5
Free Kicks – WWCC 7, SC 9
Cards – WWCC 0, SC 3
WWCC 1, Western Nebraska 0 – Sept. 23
Mustang Man of the Match: Alex Sorenson for his game winning goal and getting back onto the field after a head injury.
Shots – WWCC 8, WNCC 18
Assists – WWCC 1, WNCC 0
Saves – WWCC 8, WNCC 4
Corner Kicks – WWCC 2, WNCC 5
Free Kicks – WWCC 3, WNCC 10
Cards – WWCC 0, WNCC 2