Posted at 3:15 p.m., Sept. 25, 2014

Team fixing road woes

Laramie County Community College’s men soccer team is currently sub 500 on the season with a 2-3 overall record and 0-1 in conference.

Not to worry though. Last season, after five games, the team was 1-3-1 before finishing out the season 15-6-1 and making to the Region IX tournament finals. They did lose, however, to Otero Junior College, which prevented the Golden Eagles from advancing to the 2013 national championship tournament.

The start of the regular season saw the men traveling to Urbana, Illinois, to take part in the Kick Out Hunger Tournament Aug. 30–31 that featured teams from the Illinois and Indiana regions. LCCC faced tough opponents in that tournament including No. 20 Parkland College (6-1) where they lost 4-2 against goalie Harrison Rook, who is 28th in the nation in saves. The two LCCC goals came from Brandon Flores, with an assist from Willy Salamanca, and Mario Garcia, with an assist from Dennis Vivar-Diaz.

The second opponent of the tournament was Lincoln Land Community College (4-4) where LCCC fell in a close game 4-3. Lincoln Land also featured a top goalie in Memo Guerrero, who is currently ranked No. 1 in saves. The Golden Eagles had goals in that game coming from Junior Quiroz assisted by Vivar-Diaz, Chance Wiedrich, assisted by Quiroz, and Mario Garcia assisted by Salamanca.

The three goals from LCCC were good enough to take that match into overtime. In the second overtime, a goal at the 105th minute from Jake Stults sealed the win for Lincoln Land. After that tournament and a 10-day layoff between games, the men continued their regular season in Rock Springs to take on the conference foe of Western Wyoming Community College (4-3) on Sept. 10 and lost 3-1. The lone goal for LCCC came early from Hector Rodriguez with an assist from Quiroz.  

However, the team is on a recent upswing, winning two games in a row. On Sept. 12 LCCC traveled to Sterling, Colorado, to take on Northeastern Junior College (1-5-1) and got a monstrous win of 6-1. All six LCCC goals came in the first half and proved too much for Northeastern Junior College. On Sept. 13 the Eagles were off to Columbus, Nebraska, to face off against Central Community College-Columbus (1-5) and got the shutout win 2-0. All goals in that game were scored in the second half, and goalie Tyler Bishop went a perfect 10/10 on saves in that game.

Some key players to keep a watch out for are freshman midfielder Irving Mercado, who has two goals and one assist; freshman midfielder Junior Quiroz, who has three goals and three assists, and one of those goals was a game-winner, and, finally, Dennis Vivar-Diaz, who is a sophomore midfielder, has one goal with three assists.

Looking forward to the upcoming schedule for the men, two match-ups are slated against conference competition of Otero Junior College, who is 3-2 overall and 3-1 in conference, and Trinidad State Junior College, who is a perfect 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the conference. Both of these teams prevented LCCC last season from going undefeated in conference by losing to both on the road.

LCCC will take revenge against Otero at home on Oct. 3 at 11:30 a.m. and against Trinidad State at home the next day, Oct. 4, at 1:30 p.m.