Posted at 9:25 a.m., Sept. 25, 2015

Men start season soaring

Going for the goal

Student Mario Garcia keeps the ball away from his opponent as he takes it across the field

It was a tough beginning for Laramie County Community College’s Golden Eagles as they played Yavapai College and Iowa Western College, two top-10 ranked teams in the nation. The men lost three in a row at the beginning of the season, and were shut out two of those three losses, both against ranked teams. Then, the schedule got a bit easier.

The Golden Eagles won three in a row, shutting out Western Wyoming Community College and Central Community College. As of late, the Golden Eagles have been able to put the ball in the goal, but earlier in the season, they were having a hard time scoring.

The men’s team is fourth in the nation in shots but 49th in goals scored. The team is very young with 18 freshmen on the roster. Coach Vince Gibson says that there will be a big learning curve for these freshmen. Some new players that Gibson is excited about include Rafael Munoz, former red-shirted UNLV player; Tristan White, two-time Gatorade player of the year in high school; and Blane Cowley, who played for Central High School in Cheyenne.

With 18 freshman on the team, there will be some inexperience. Gibson explained that it is not a bad thing to have freshmen on the team, as this makes it possible to “mold them as a group,” creating chemistry within the team. Though the men’s soccer team has many young players, there are a few key returning players from last year who Gibson singled out: Mario Garcia, who is a playmaker and good at “winning balls”; Cesar Vargas, a defender who is coming back from a knee injury last season; and goalkeeper Antonio Chairez. Gibson is very excited about the talent on the team. “They all listen well, they don’t showboat, and they are all hard workers,” he says.

Future Games:

Friday, September 25 at Western Nebraska College

Saturday, September 26 at Northwest Kansas Tech