Playing dirty:

Keenan Carol worked hard with his team during practice. They gave it their all and took courageous dives, but it proved futile as the season came to a close.

Photo by Collin Wedl

Posted at 5:23 p.m., Nov. 5, 2014

Men's soccer season cut short

Rattlers poison playoff hopes

Laramie County Community College’s men’s soccer team was stopped in its tracks on the path to the 2014 nationals tournament by a familiar postseason foe.

On Oct. 25, LCCC faced the Rattlers of Otero Junior College (11-6-1,8-4-1 Region IX) in La Junta, Colorado, for a Region IX quarterfinal matchup. In the previous matchup with Otero this season, LCCC lost a close game at home to the Rattlers by a score of 3-2 on Oct. 3. Otero has certainly been a formidable conference foe, going back to last season when the Golden Eagles split the regular season series against Otero. Then, in the 2013 Region IX tournament, LCCC faced the Rattlers in the finals on Otero’s home field, where Otero won 2-1. The Eagles knew going into this year’s matchup with Otero that it would be an uphill climb, especially with Otero having the home field advantage once again in the regional tournament. LCCC and head coach Vince Gibson found themselves bitten by the Rattlers again.

At the end of the first half Otero had a 1-0 lead and never looked back in the second half by scoring two more goals. LCCC did respond with a goal by sophomore defender Chance Wiedrich with an assist from Junior Quiroz. However, the Rattlers answered with another goal later in the second half, which was the nail in the coffin for the Golden Eagles. The final score of that game was 4-1, with Otero advancing to a Region IX semifinal game.

First time in four years Eagle's not nationally ranked

LCCC finished the year with a 9-8-1 overall record and a conference record 4-4. The Golden Eagles finished 15-6-1 overall in 2013. 2014 was also the first year since the 2010 season in which LCCC was not nationally ranked at least once in the season.

LCCC scored 50 goals this season in 18 games. The team shot 21.9 a game, which was fifth best in the nation. Also, the Eagles had 47 assists, which was 20th in the nation. Finally, the team took 209 shots on goal, which was 13th best in the nation.   

LCCC is losing 10 sophomore players including Dennis Vivar-Diaz, who had nine goals and 10 assists this season.

The Golden Eagles, however, will bring back freshman midfielder Quiroz, who led the team in goals and assists this year with 12 goals and 13 assists. Freshmen goalkeepers Tyler Bishop and Antonio Chairez will also return. Bishop had a 5-1 record with two shutouts, and Chairez had a 3-4-1 record with three shutouts.  

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