Posted at 4 p.m. Nov. 2, 2016

Men's soccer team wins region IX championship

The Laramie County Community College men’s soccer team won the Region IX Regional Championship at Metro State University in Denver, CO this past weekend. The team’s two wins this weekend extends the team’s win streak to 16.

The Golden Eagles played Otero Junior College in the Regional Semi-Final on Saturday, Oct. 29 and won 3-2. Freshman forward Jorge Rosales scored on an assist from freshman midfielder Jonathan Ruvalcaba in the 39th minute. Sophomore midfielder Caleb Rondon scored on an assist from Rosales in the 59th minute. Midfielder Rafael Munoz scored on an assist from freshman midfielder Adrian Cordova in the 64th minute. Freshman goalie Andrew Hays had six saves in the match. This win allowed the Golden Eagles to move on to the Region IX Regional Final.

“What I like about our team is that we don’t have to depend on one person to carry the team,” Vince Gibson, the men’s soccer coach said. “We have a solid all-around team, when someone doesn’t perform too well someone comes in and steps up.”

The Golden Eagles faced off against Trinidad State Junior College in the Region IX Regional Final on Sunday, Oct. 30 and won 1-0. Munoz scored on an assist from Rondon in the 13th minute. Hays had 11 saves in the match.

“These games in the postseason are going to be very close,” Gibson said. “Whichever team makes the least amount of mistakes will come out with a win and we need to be that team.”

“It feels great to win the region, we’ve won the region a long time ago in 2008 and 2009,” Gibson said. “This one feels more real, because there were only three teams in the region back in 2008 and 2009 and now there are nine teams in the region.”

The Golden Eagles will host the District Championship Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 5 at the LCCC Athletic Fields. The Golden Eagles will be taking on the College of Southern Nevada at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4 at the athletic fields. The winner of that match will face the winner of the Trinidad State Junior College and Pima Community College game in the District Final at noon on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the athletic fields. The winner of the District Final goes to Nationals.


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