Men's soccer comes out strong this season

By Hannah White
Hunter Britegam

Defender Hunter Britegam dribbles ball in a game against Northwest Technical College on Aug. 26. The Golden Eagles won 5-0 in their first game of the season.

Photo by Char Lessenger

The Laramie County Community College men’s soccer team faltered at the beginning of the preseason but discovered their form by the start of the regular season recording 4 wins and a draw.

The Golden Eagles shut-out Westminster University’s junior-varsity squad in Salt Lake City Sept. 10. Alfonso Perea and Raphael Bonelle each had two goals in the 6-0 victory.

In the tournament in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, on Sept. 3, they tied their first game 3-3 against Chemeketa Community College. The Eagles’ keeper Colby Keller had five saves of eight shots on goal. Gleydson Neri scored two of the Eagles' three goals, and Peterson Neri netted the other. Dino Soto had an assist.

In the second game of the Idaho tournament on Sept. 3 they played Treasure Valley Community College and came out with a 4-1 win. Peterson Neri found the back of net twice; Soto and Gleydson Neri each scored a goal. Landon Horst, Alfonso Perea, Soto and Gleydson Neri each had one assist.

New and returning players talent shows promise of a good season

The Golden Eagles have six returning players and 15 new players this season. Coach Vince Gibson would like his squad to focus on defense this year.

“A lot of kids come in here and score goals without playing defense. The whole team plays defense. That’s the key to success, team defense,” Gibson said.

Gibson has high expectations for the team this year.

“We’re deeper than last year; we have a lot of good talent. Talent is good all the way around,” Gibson said.

Some teams in their region that they are on the lookout for are Otero Community College, Western Nebraska and Northwest College.

To open the season Aug. 26, the Golden Eagles beat Northwest Technical College 5-0. They followed up their victory with 7-0 win against Northeastern Junior College Aug. 31.

The team faced stiff competition in preseason play competing against two Division II teams and the LCCC alumni team. They suffered losses against Regis University on Aug. 17 and University of Colorado-Colorado Springs on Aug. 24 but managed a draw against the LCCC alumni on Aug. 20.