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LCCC soccer teams down WNCC men and women
 October 4, 2012

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Western Nebraska Community College men’s and women’s soccer teams not only battled 50 mph winds, they also found the scoring hard to come by in Region IX conference matches with Laramie County Community College on Wednesday.

The Cougar men trailed 1-0 at halftime and then were outshot drastically in the second half to fall to the Golden Eagles 3-0. The teams, in their earlier meeting on Sept. 19, combined for eight goals.
The Cougar women played a really strong defensive first half but fell to the No. 17 Golden Eagles 5-0 after trailing 1-0 at halftime.

Both contests were played in gusty wind conditions that affected both teams. And, for a Cougar team that has had its share of scoring problems all year, the windy conditions didn’t help matters. Still, both teams played a strong first half.

On the men’s side, the Golden Eagles struck first as Wyatt Witty of Buffalo, Wyo., netted the first score. Both teams stayed strong early on in the first half with strong defensive play. LCCC finally broke the ice as Dewey Rodgers of Loveland, Colo., scored in the 20th minute for a 2-0 lead.

With five minutes to play, the Golden Eagles added another goal as Fernando Perez of Greeley, Colo., scored on a high kick from the box for the 3-0 lead.

WNCC had four prime opportunities to score in the second half. The first game early in the half as Edwin Contreras just missed a shot high The Cougars also had two free kicks into the wind that sailed high. Daniel Agnew also had a good shot attempt in front of the goal with 10 minutes to play.

LCCC outshot the Cougar men 19-5 had six corner kicks to WNCC’s one. Justin Becerra was in net for the Cougars, making five saves.

On the women’s side, the Cougar women unhung tough with the No. 17 ranked Golden Eagles for a half. In fact, it wasn’t for a goal with seven minutes left, the teams would have been tied at intermission. Instead, the Golden Eagles Francasca Ail of London, England, scored the only goal of the first half.

In the second half, LCCC had the wind in its favor and scored three goals in the first 15 minutes to grab a 4-0 lead. Sayit Yeneysa Mejia Bello scored the first goal of the half in the first five minutes. A couple minutes later, Taylor Hockley of Casper, Wyo., netted the second goal, before Ail had her second goal of the game.

Bello finished off the scoring with her second goal of the game with five minutes to play for the 5-0 lead.

WNCC had plenty of opportunities to score in the opening half. Ashley Baker just missed on a sliding attempt in the 25th minute. Then, with 14 minutes to play in the first half, the Cougars had a corner kick that went high over the net because of the wind.

LCCC managed 20 shots in the game compared to just two for the Cougars. LCCC also had six corner kicks to just one for WNCC.

Bailey Wenz was in net for the Cougars in making 14 saves in net.

The Cougar men, 3-8 overall and 1-6 in Region IX play, will be back in action Friday when they host Northeastern Junior College at 3 p.m. at the Landers Soccer Complex.

The Cougar women fell to 2-7 overall and 0-6 in Region IX play. The women will have a week off before returning to action as they host Western Wyoming Community College on Oct. 12 before hosting Northwest College on Oct. 13.

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