MSoccer

Pretty in pink:

The men's team wore pink gear against Otero Junior College Oct. 3 in honor of breast cancer awareness month.

Photo by Chad Dunn

Posted at 2:41 p.m., Nov. 7, 2014

Fifty-fifty

Men get shutouts, drop other games

Recent games against top teams in the conference or even nationally ranked opponents have not provided the outcome seventh-year head coach Vince Gibson and the Laramie County Community College men’s soccer team wanted.

The team, however, has blanked out a few opponents during its five-game winning streak that saw much offense and great goaltending from the Golden Eagles.

On Oct. 4, the team played No. 13 nationally ranked Trinidad State Junior College (10-1-1), which is also a top team I Region IX south at 5-0. LCCC tied Trinidad 1-1 in the game. LCCC scored in the 72nd minute on a goal from freshman forward Hector Rodriguez with an assist from Junior Quiroz.

Freshman goalie Antonio Chairez saved six of the seven Trinidad State shots on goal, which was good enough to preserve the tie against the nationally ranked opponent. Trinidad scored first in the 35th minute mark of the first half.

LCCC played another tough matchup Oct. 3 against the Rattlers of Otero Junior College (7-4),(4-1 Region IX South) in an afternoon showdown in Cheyenne. Otero had beaten LCCC twice last season including one loss in the Region IX tournament finals. Otero again won a close game by the final score of 3-2. The winning goal was scored at the 61st minute by Otero.

Both of LCCC’s goals came from Rodriguez. One of Rodriguez’s goals came within the first minute of the game’s start, Sophomore Keenan Carroll saved six of nine shots on goal. The Eagles are currently third in the nation in shots on goal with 273. The team is also second in the nation in shots-per game with an average of 22.8. The Eagles are ranked nationally ninth in corner kicks with 83.

One troubling statistic for LCCC is the team is 29th in the country in total yellow cards given to players with 19. The team also has one red card on the season, which came in the Oct. 4 Trinidad State match.

Though the Golden Eagles have had a few tough losses and one tie, it did put together a five game win streak that went from Sept. 12-23. In three of those matches, the Eagles shut out their opponents and allowed only one goal in each of the other two. During that win streak, LCCC scored 21 goals in five games.

LCCC (6-5-1, 2-3 Region IX North) has three road games in a row against Region IX north conference opponents.

On Oct. 10 LCCC plays Sheridan College (2-10, 1-5 Region IX north). LCCC will play Northwest College on Oct. 11. The Trappers are fourth in the north conference (6-4-1, 3-3 Region IX north). And on Oct. 15 the Golden Eagles travel to Western Nebraska Community College, the top team in Region IX north at 6-3-2 overall and 3-0-1 in conference.