Posted 2 months ago
By John Axtell
The Western Nebraska Community College women’s soccer team stopped its four-game losing skid with two Region IX victories on the road Sunday and Monday with wins over Northwest College and Sheridan College, but the Cougar men dropped 2 decisions to the same teams.
The women put in three goals to earn a 3-1 over Northwest on Sunday and then got just a penalty kick goal for a hard-fought 1-0 win over Sheridan to run their record to 6-4 and move into 3rd place in the regional standings…just 3 games out of 1st.
The WNCC men were blown out against Northwest Wyoming 7-2, then suffered a tough a 2-1 defeat at Sheridan.
Yoana Arellano got the Lady Cougars on the board first in taking a pass from Nadia Rodriguez in the 16th minute for a 1-0 lead. The score stayed that way until the second half when Northwest tied the game in the 12th minute on a goal by Aline De Lima off an assist from Sam McLaughlin.
WNCC wasted little time in coming back as Rodriguez scored in the 62nd minute. The Cougars added an insurance goal in the 76th minute as Brittany Scadlock scored her team-high fourth goal of the season. WNCC had 11 shots on goal while Northwest had 7…all but one saved by Cougar goalie Bailee Dopp.
WNCC coach Todd Rasnic was pleased with the win, but even more pleased with Monday’s victory over Sheridan in a defensive battle. “We were extremely beat up after playing a physical Northwest team, (but) did dominate the game.”
The Sheridan match was scoreless at the half and until the 28th minute of the second half when Jordyn Seidel got the only goal of the day, scoring on the penalty kick. The Cougars had 16 shots, 6 on goal, while only 4 of Sheridan’s 11 shots were on goal…and Dopp saved them all.
Rasnic thinks his women team can play with anyone in the region. “The girls turned the corner and started to play the way they can. They also are more disciplined in their game.”
The men started strong against Northwest as Tanner Sylvies scored just four minutes into the contest and Jonathen Roman made it 2-0 only 3 minutes latter, but it was all Trappers after that.
They rattled off three goals in a 9-minute span tying the match in the 21st minute and taking the lead for good 2 minutes later before adding 4 goals in the second half. Matt Frost had a hat trick for Northwest and Wyatt Fabrizio scored twice late.
WNCC managed just seven shots on goal, while Northwest had 13. Justin Becerra took the loss in net, giving up all 7 goals.
Rasnic says that the Cougar men “got beat up physically in the Northwest game,” then had to face a well-rested Sheridan team that hadn’t played in a week and ” just ran us to death. They scored on a couple of counter attacks.”
Like the women’s match, the men’s game was scoreless at the half, but Sheridan scored on a counter attack at the 17 minute mark. WNCC answered with a David Hernandez goal 8 minutes later, but Sheridan picked up the game winner 7 minutes after that…again on a counter attack.
WNCC had just 6 shots and only 3 on goal. Sheridan managed 9 shots, 5 on goal. Becerra suffered the loss again, making 3 saves.
The Cougars will be back in action this weekend when they travel to Laramie County Community College on Friday before taking on Western Wyoming Community College on Saturday in Rock Springs, Wyo.