Posted at 6 p.m., Nov. 23, 2015

Golden Eagles' season ends on low note in regionals

LCCC presents potential for next year

Cody Fox

Making a move:

Rafael Munox, 9, makes his way through Central Community College on Oct. 24

The Laramie County Community College men’s soccer team met an unceremonious end in the regional tournament.

The Golden Eagles had momentum heading into regionals on Oct. 24, having won nine of the last 10 games of the season and outscoring opponents 43-8 in that stretch.

The Golden Eagles were the first seed in Region IX and played Central Community College, the lowest-seeded team in the south. Central came into regionals with a record of 3-10-1. LCCC had also beaten Central 6-0 earlier this season on Sept. 12 in Cheyenne.

But Central knocked LCCC out of regionals with a 2-1 victory thanks to strong defensive plays.

LCCC scored first when Tristan White scored in the first period, and the men were up 1-0 to start the second period. But Central managed to score 2 goals in the second half. Central went on to lose the Region IX Finals 1-0 against Otero College.

2015 was a building year with a team full of freshmen. Coach Vince Gibson said he was optimistic about the team at the beginning of the year, but he acknowledged that it would take some time for the men to create chemistry.

Gibson added that he enjoys having talented freshmen as you can “mold them together” and teach fresh schemes that fit well with the players.

After losing its first three games, LCCC lost only two more games the rest of the season. The men could have potential in the 2016 season if Rafael Munoz and Tristan White return to the team, along with the 18 other freshmen on the roster. Munoz led the team in goals with 16 while White was second with 10. Munoz also led the team in assists with eight.

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