Nov. 9, 2012, 3:25 p.m.

Men's soccer team learns valuable lessons

The Laramie County Community College men’s soccer team saw its season come to an abrupt end on Oct. 27 with a 4-2 loss against Western Wyoming Community College.

The fall 2012 season was a long and tough one for the Golden Eagles, as they saw their season start off in a bit of a slump, only to go on a rousing undefeated streak throughout Region IX play. The men’s team also finished its season ranked No. 11.

The Golden Eagles started their season with a win, but quickly dropped the next three games on a road trip to Iowa and New York. Coach Vince Gibson commented on these opening games that while they lost, it gave the team a chip on their shoulder mentally.

“The big part was when we went to New York and Iowa and got creamed. It changed our mentality,” he said.

Following the game in New York on Sept. 2, the team never tasted defeat again until the Region IX playoffs. The team went 11-0-1 throughout Region IX play, including staying undefeated at home throughout the regular season. Throughout the season, the team showed a knack for finding the back of the net, putting up 58 goals on the season.

The Neri brothers provided an offensive assault as the Brazilian duo combined for 39. Gleydson Neri surpassed his 16 goals last year, with an impressive 19-goal run, and tagged on an additional four assists.

His brother Peterson also improved his stats from last year, racking up 12 assists compared to the seven he had his freshman year.

The team saw strong goaltending with Daniel Ainsworth in net. He made 67 saves through the season with an unbelievable .74 goals against average.

While the 2012 season ended in a rather abrupt fashion, the team has begun to look toward next year.

Coach Gibson and staff are already on the recruiting trail to scout talent for the upcoming season. The team’s returning players will look to improve during the next year, as they have several scrimmages in the spring to use to hone their skills and allow the freshman to gain more experience and leadership skills.

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