Friday, June 23, 2017

Claire Morales Newest Addition to 2017 Mustangs

Claire Morales has signed a National Letter of Intent to play college soccer at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs WY.  Claire was a 2016 graduate from Westlake High School in Saratoga Springs UT.

Morales played 4 years of varsity soccer while a member of the Thunder soccer team at Westlake High.  Claire was a starter during her junior and senior years (fall of 2014 and 2015).

As a junior, Claire was named the WHS offensive MVP.  During her high school career she is credited with 3 goals.  Along with playing soccer for the Thunder of WHS, Morales also ran track during her freshman and sophomore years.

Celtic was the team she played with during her last season of comp play.  Sadly Claire tore her ACL about halfway through that season.  This injury kept her from competing right after graduation.  She was unable to compete until May 2017.

Claire is a good student, who completed 20 college credits while in high school and graduated on the high school honor roll.  At Western Wyoming she will be majoring in Business & Accounting.

Western plans on Claire being a part of the Mustang attack while on the field.  Claire will be used as a midfielder or an outside forward.  Her recovery from injury has gone well and we believe that her hard work at rehab and fitness will pay off with a great upcoming season for Claire and the Mustangs.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Brooke Foster Back in 2017 with Mustang Soccer

Brooke Foster from Daniel Wyoming and a 2016 graduate from A Beka Academy will play for her second year of NJCAA soccer with Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs.  Brooke played her prep soccer at Pinedale High in Pinedale Wyoming.

Brooke is a Business Major while at Western Wyoming.  She has done a good job in the classroom finding herself on the Dean's Honor Roll in both semesters during her freshman year.

During the fall 2016 season for the Mustangs Brooke saw a lot of action mainly as a striker.  Foster amassed the following stats; 5 Shots, 4 Fouls, 2 Starts and 44 Halves Played.  Brooke did an excellent job during her freshman year being a physical presence for the Mustangs on the front attacking line.  She possesses good speed and an unstoppable motor.  She was often used in the game plan to put immediate pressure on the back line of the opposition.  Foster provided great minutes off of the bench in almost every match of the year, she even stepped up to a starter's role twice during her freshman campaign.

Brooke worked very hard during the winter not only in the weight room to increase her core strength but also improving her foot skills and shooting.   Brooke did this while the team played futsal during the months of November through March.  During the spring scrimmage season, March and April of this year, Brooke continued to work on becoming a better soccer player and teammate.  We expect a lot out of this young woman both as a student but also as an athlete.  Welcome back to the Western family Brooke Foster.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Vanesa Ramirez Sophomore Defender Back with WWCC

Vanesa Ramirez is set to return to the pitch for the Western Wyoming Community College Women's Soccer team for her sophomore season after re-signing with the Mustangs for the 2017-2018 season.  Vanesa is a 2016 graduate from Evanston High School in Evanston Wyoming.

The fall 2016 season was a very good for Vanesa to prove her worth to the team.  Vanesa played as a defender almost every minute of every match throughout the entire season.  Her stats for the year were; 5 Fouls, 24 Starts and 48 Halves Played.  Ramirez started in every match during her freshman campaign and played in every half of the season.

Vanesa filled a very important need for the 2016 Mustangs.  She learned how to play center back very quickly for the WWCC team and became a starter and a player that the team could count on. 

Vanesa is a Communication Major at WWCC.  She is an exceptional student athlete keeping all of her commitments both in the classroom and on the soccer field.  Ramirez made the WWCC Dean's Honor Roll both semesters of the 2016 - 2017 season.  Western knows that she can continue on the good work in the classroom during her sophomore year at Western.

In the spring scrimmage season Vanesa continued to grow as a player and a leader for the team.  Ramirez played in all 4 scrimmages of the spring.  In the first 3 scrimmages Ramirez helped the Mustangs only allow 1 goal (off of a penalty kick) in 210 minutes.  

In the 2017 season we know that Vanesa could play an outstanding center back with any of the defenders who will be joining us; Kelsey Moffitt, Jaclyn Edwards and Jaden Auger.  Vanesa also has the skills and the soccer IQ necessary to help out the Mustangs as an outside back or in the midfield if needed.

Western is so excited to have Vanesa back to help lead the team to new heights in 2017.  Welcome Back V!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Incoming Freshmen Find Success on the Field in the Spring

Soon to be freshmen for the Mustangs have had a busy spring with many playing on club and high school teams.

Jaclyn Edwards, Jaden Auger, Kaitlyn Pryor, Emma Barnes and MaKayla Barnes all played on their U19 club team in the UT 2017 Spring State Cup.  The L30 Crush Blue G98 team finished second in their group at the cup and won their semi-final match.  Sadly the team fell in the State Cup championship match but still qualified for a tournament later on in the summer in Seattle.

Maylee Thompson from Star Valley High in Wyoming helped her team to a 3A Southwest quadrant regular season championship and into the 3A Wyoming State Soccer Cup.  SVHS with Maylee won the Consolation Championship winning two matches in the weekend.

It was also just announced that Maylee was named to the 3A West All Conference 1st Team.  Thompson was also named to the Wyoming 3A All State 1st Team. 

Congrats to all these incoming freshmen and their accomplishments on the field.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Spring Semester 2017 - Honor Roll

Congratulations to the following players who have or will soon be placed on the honor roll at Western Wyoming Community College after the spring 2017 semester.

Dean's Honor Roll (3.25 - 3.99)
Jessica Arevalo
Clarissa Barton
Rylee Blacker
Maddie Case
Brooke Foster
Sadie Hokum
Rachel Mivshek
Maya Perrin
Vanesa Ramirez
Shantay Robinson
Aly Sweet

Monday, May 22, 2017

Defender Jessica Arevalo back with the Mustangs

Jessica Arevalo from South Ogden Utah has just completed her second semester at Western Wyoming and has once again signed a National Letter of Intent to play her sophomore season for the Mustangs.  Jessica is a 2016 graduate from Layton Christian Academy in Layton Utah.

Jessica had a stellar freshman career.  Starting every match of her initial season usually as a left back.  Jessica was occasionally asked to provide help for the WWCC defense as a center back from time to time and she do so very well.  Even on a few rare occasions Jessica is comfortable as an attacking player, having scores a lot of goals in her high school and club soccer playing career.  Not only was Jessica versatile for the team but she was very consistent in her play and availability.  As a freshman for Arevalo had the following stats; 4 Shots, 7 Foul, 24 Starts and 48 Halves Played.  Jessica started and played in every match and half of the 2016 fall season.  As a reward for he superb play Jessica was nominated for and voted in as a member of the Region IX Honorable Mention team for 2016.  She was also voted by her teammates as the 2016 WWCC Defensive MVP.

In the spring of 2017 Jessica has continue to show quiet and confident play and leadership for the Mustangs.  Jessica played great minutes for WWCC in all of the spring scrimmages.  Often anchoring down a back line with little to no practice together.  The WWCC defense held their opponents in the spring to only 1 goal in 3 matches and that goal being a penalty kick.

As we look forward to the fall 2017 season and we know that Jessica will continue her style of play with the quality of an All Region player for Western.  Western will continue to need her to be one tough defender and a communicator along the back line.  

Jessica is a Nursing major at Western Wyoming and does a great job balancing her time as a student athlete.  Jessica was on the Dean's Honor Roll in her first semester at Western after the fall 2016 semester.

Congratulations on a great first year wearing the Red, Black and White and welcome back to Jessica Arevalo.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Tessa Herbert in the Mustang Herd for 2017

Tessa Herbert who graduated from Delta High in Delta UT in 2015 has committed to play for the Western Wyoming Community College Mustangs in 2017.
Tessa played on the Delta High Varsity soccer team all 4 years of high school.  She was a starter during her junior and senior years.  With the Rabbits she was mainly used as a left midfield player but she also feels comfortable as a forward and a center midfielder.  Tessa was a 2A Honorable Mention All State Midfielder in 2013.  Delta High and Tessa advanced to the 2A Semifinals of the UHSAA Soccer Tournament in back to back seasons in 2013 and 2014.

Herbert is a very solid student having a 3.9 GPA in high school and continuing with a 3.8 GPA in her first year of college at Utah State University.  Tessa was a member of the National Honors Society and the Governing Youth Council.  She was the Vice President of Bone Voce, the DHS choir her senior year and she also held position of an English Sterling Scholar the same year, receiving an award for runner-up in a regional competition.  Tessa also received The President's Volunteer Service Award along with coaching youth soccer teams in her community.
At Western we expect Tessa to continue to contribute as an outstanding student and community member but we also think that she will add a lot of skill and depth to our midfield and in particular to our left side.  As a Mustang she likely will see the most time as a left midfielder and as an outside forward.  Tessa provides Western with a player with a motor who does not quit and a player from the midfield looks for assists and possession.  Congrats and welcome aboard Tessa!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Ryann Stassinos Part of WWCC Soccer in 2017

Ryann Stassinos, who graduated from Riverton High School (Riverton WY) in the spring of 2016, has decided to continue to play college soccer at Western Wyoming Community College in 2017.

Ryann joined the WWCC spring soccer team in January of 2017.  Stassinos worked out with the team during the winter months, lifting weights and playing futsal.  In the spring she and the WWCC team starting training outside and participated in 4 scrimmages.  She seemed to improve with each training session and every chance she played with the team.

In high school Ryann played soccer for the Lady Wolverines for 3 years and lettered all three years.  She was a captain of her high school team her senior year.  For RHS she mainly played as a center defensive mid, but she also found time as an outside midfielder.

Ryann was a great student in high school maintaining a high GPA and was on multiple RHS honor rolls.  In her first semester at WWCC she again earned high marks and found herself on the Fall 2016 Dean's Honor Roll.  She plans of continuing in the exercise science program at Western and will graduate with an Associates in Science.  After she graduates from Western she would like to go into an athletic training program at a 4 year school.

Western is happy to add such a great student, person and soccer player to our roster in 2017.  The addition of Ryann brings an added quality to our midfield and depth at not only our center midfield position but also our outside midfield positions.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Clarissa Barton will Play at Southern Virginia Next Year

Clarissa Barton a soon to be sophomore will attend Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista Virginia to continue her academic pursuits and soccer career with the Lady Knights.

Clarissa hails from Evanston WY and was a 2016 graduate from Evanston High School.  With the Lady Red Devils Barton helped the EHS soccer team to their first ever 4A Wyoming State Soccer tournament berth last spring.

 In her freshmen year with Western Wyoming Clarissa totaled 22 Shots, 4 Goals, 4 Assists, 7 Fouls, 21 Starts and 48 Halves Played.  She was also voted by her teammates as the Workhorse of the year 2016, awarded to the hardest working player on the team.  Barton was also tied with several other Mustangs in 2016 season with the most halves played.  Clarissa played in every half during the 2016 fall season.

In the spring of 2017 Clarissa again showed the quality of player that she is on the pitch.  Clarissa scored a goal in one of our spring scrimmages in March.

Barton is an excellent student and was named to the Dean's Honor Roll in her first semester at Western, fall 2016.  We expect her to receive additional academic honors after the spring 2017 grades are done and are released.

Clarissa will be missed on the Western Wyo Women's soccer team.  We will miss her toughness and competitiveness on the pitch.  She was truly an anchor in the midfield for the Mustangs in 2016.  She could play defense in the midfield while being able to keep offensive possession and include herself and teammates in the attack.  The move to SVU for Clarissa will be good for her personally, as a student and as a soccer player.

Barton decided on Southern Virginia University due to their campus atmosphere and student body.  Clarissa plans to pursue a degree in English to either be a writer or a secondary education teacher.

We wish Clarissa and the Lady Knights soccer team much success on and off of the pitch.  Southern Virginia is gaining a young woman of the highest quality and a very talented soccer player.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Madeline Kendrick - 2017 Mustang Keeper

Madeline Kendrick from Hooper Utah, a soon to be graduate from Fremont High School in Plain City UT, has signed her National Letter of Intent to play collegiate soccer for the Mustangs of Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs WY.
Maddy played club soccer for Union FC Soccer Club where she was part of several undefeated seasons.  Kendrick and the Union FC team also had many great performances in multiple tournament throughout her years of play.

Kendrick, a keeper, came to the Rock Springs WY campus of WWCC for an individual tryout and showed great command of her box and a lot of potential for the years to come.  She fills one of the greatest needs for Western Wyoming in the 2017 season as Rylee Blacker, the all time leader in all goalkeeping stats, will graduate in May of 2017.

Shefton Gordon the Union FC Soccer coach says of Madeline, "One of Maddy's strengths is coming off the line in 1 v 1 situations.  She is fearless and shows the ability to get there in the nick of time.  Maddy is not only a fine player, but is also an outstanding individual.  She realizes that success can only be obtained through hard work and approaching each task with a positive attitude."

As a student Maddy has achieved many academic honors.  She also has a lot of talents off of the pitch.  She sing and play violin and has been honing her musical skills for 10 years through lessons and private instructions.  Kendrick is in the Performing and Touring choir along with being 1st violin in the Orchestra all at Fremont High School.

Beside soccer Maddy has been skiing and snowboarding since she was 3 years old.  She is also a certified lifeguard and loves to eat pizza and french fries

At Western we know Maddy will continue to be an excellent student and member of her school community.  We know that she will strive to push herself and her teammates at all training sessions, fitness tests and in the weight room.  We are excited for her to compete for playing time and a starting position from the start of her freshman year.  Good luck to Madeline Kendrick in all of her endeavors on and off of the field while she is a Western Wyo Mustang. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Kenzie Lucas Mustang for 2017

 Kenzie Lucas from Green River High School in Green River Wyoming has once again signed a National Letter of Intent to play her sophomore season for Western Wyoming Community College Mustangs.

During her freshman year Lucas had 33 Shots, 1 Goal, 4 Assists, 9 Fouls, 20 Starts and 42 Halves Played.  She played in 21 of the 24 matches for the Mustangs in the fall of 2016.  A few minor injuries kept her out of a few matches at the end of the regular season.  Kenzie played the majority of her first year as an outside midfielder.  She also was used occasionally as a forward.

Kenzie has a good left foot and is capable of sending the ball on frame from 30 plus yards from the goal.  She does a good job of finding the open players and can send quick and accurate through balls.

 In the 2017 spring scrimmage season Kenzie recorded 1 assist as she continued her strong play.  Lucas battled a muscle injury this spring but made a full recovery and played good minutes in the final scrimmage.  Western will rely on Kenzie's experience and toughness as she will be one of the only returning midfielders who will be playing for the Mustangs in 2017.

Kenzie is an Education major and a community leader for the Mustangs.  We expect that she will continue to get high marks in the classroom during her sophomore year.  We look for Lucas to continue to be an impact player for the Mustangs in every match she wears the WWCC Red, Black and White. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Britney Merritt a Sophomore Mustang in 2017

Britney Merritt has signed her National Letter of Intent to finish her two years of eligibility at Western Wyoming Community College as a member of the Women's Soccer team.

Britney was a 2016 graduate of Star Valley High School in Afton Wyoming.  As a freshmen member of the 2016 WWCC Mustang team Britney accomplished a lot and had 22 Shots, 2 Goals, 1 Assist, 17 Fouls, 13 Starts and 42 Halves Played.

Merritt played mainly as an attacking player for the 2016 Mustangs seeing a lot of time as an outside midfielder and also as a forward.  She has a good combination of vision, strength, speed and teamwork.  Britney missed a few matches last fall as she acquired a few bumps and bruises during her freshman campaign.  Besides these few missed matches she played in 21 of the teams 24 matches.

Britney's has a powerful shot that she can put on frame from 25 to 30 yards out.  Merritt is also very strong in the air scoring both of her goals on the year via her head.

In the 2017 season we foresee Britney playing as an attacking player again, most likely as a forward.  But we know that she will be capable and willing to play as a midfielder if needed.  

This spring Britney was asked to work on combination play, trying to get all of her teammates, especially the other forwards involved with the ball at their feet.  She has put in a lot of work in the off season to improve her foot speed, strengthen her core and improve her balance.

We expect an excellent sophomore season from Britney with lots of leadership and production from her.  Merritt will be busy this summer as she not only will be completing the WWCC summer workouts but she is engaged to WWCC Men's Basketball player Spencer Nisson and they will be married.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

2017 Spring Mustangs End Scrimmage Season with a Co-Ed Scrimmage

On Tuesday at Rock Springs Junior High soccer field the Western Wyoming Community College Men's and Women's soccer teams participated in a Co-Ed Intersquad scrimmage to finish out the spring 2017 scrimmage season.

This is the second time in the team's history that they have played a Co-Ed intersquad scrimmage (also played in 2015).  The teams were split up and consisted of the following players; on the red team – (Women's Soccer) Aly Sweet, Britney Merritt, Jessica Arevalo, Kelsey Moffitt, Kenzie Lucas, Ryann Stassinos, Vanesa Ramirez, Alyssa Coe with Sadie Hokum and Claire Morales being assistant coaches.  On the white team – (Women's Soccer) Alyssia Lee, Brooke Foster, Clarissa Barton, Maddie Case, Madisyn Cantrell, Rachel Mivshek, Rylee Blacker with Jordan Gibson being an assistant coach.

Rylee Blacker played as a keeper in the first half for the white team.  In the first half the weather was a determining factor in play as the teams faced rain, sleet, snow and cold wind chill temperatures.  The scoring was started by the Red team but was evened by the white team.  Both teams scored again before the intermission and the halftime score was 2 to 2.

After the halftime the weather improved a little as the snow and rain slowed down and the sun came out but the temperatures were still very cool.  Red took their third lead of the scrimmage but just as they had done two previous times the White team evened the score.  After 90 minutes of play the scrimmage was a tie at 3 to 3.  

 The two teams went to penalty kicks alternating a member of the men's team and a member of the women's team shooting.  It took 11 rounds to determine a winner and the white team won the penalty shootout by a score of 7 to 6.  Ben Kunz blocked the final penalty kick for the red team to seal the win.  Successful penalty kick shooter for the women's team were; Alyssia Lee, Jessica Arevalo, Clarissa Barton and Vanesa Ramirez.

This is the last action of the 2017 WWCC Spring team and the last time that Rylee Blacker, Maddie Case and Aly Sweet, as graduating sophomores, will wear a Mustang Soccer jersey.  We wish them luck in their future endeavors.  The next time the Mustangs will practice is in August of 2017.  The full 2017 schedule should be released soon. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Syracuse Keeper Now a Mustang

Lindsey Lemmons a soon to be graduate of Syracuse High School in Syracuse Utah has signed her National Letter of Intent to play collegiate soccer at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs WY.

Lindsey plays as a goalkeeper.  She shared video with the WWCC coaching staff and came for an individual tryout in the spring of 2016.  Lindsey shows great skill in many aspects of goalkeeping and shows great potential to continue to grow to a great overall keeper.  Lemmons show good distribution both with her foot, drop kick and throws.  Her shot stopping ability could be one of her best qualities.

Lemmons played for Syracuse High School's soccer team for three years; her sophomore, junior and senior seasons.  She lettered both her junior and senior year for SHS.  Lindsey was part of the Lady Titan teams that made the 5A UHSAA Soccer playoffs both in 2015 and 2016.

In club soccer Lindsey played many years for Wasatch Club Soccer and has continued to play more recently with the solo comp team Rayados.

Lindsey and the other keeper that WWCC will sign have big shoes to fill as Western Wyoming graduates Rylee Blacker who leaves with every goalkeeping record for the Mustangs.  We are sure that our keepers in 2017, including Lindsey Lemmons, will be up to the task to help Western Wyo continue their tradition of fine goal keeping.