Men well positioned at midpoint

Men to close season with Western Wyoming

The Golden Eagles men’s soccer team has made strides as it nears the halfway point of the season.

The Golden Eagles have received votes in the NJCAA Division I men’s soccer rankings after going on a five-game winning streak, in which it defeated Central Community College-Columbus 7-1, Northeastern Junior College 2-0, Northwest College 4-1, Sheridan College 2-0, and Western Nebraska Community College 1-0. The Golden Eagles overall record is 6-2 including 5-0 in conference play, good enough for first place in Region IX North.

The regular season will come to an end at 1:30 p.m., Oct. 15 at home against Western Wyoming Community College.

The game could play a pivotal role in post-season play, as the Mustangs hold the second-best record in Region IX North behind the Golden Eagles. The Mustangs are led by goalkeeper Kyle Mivshek, who has made 29 saves on the season and surrendered an average of only 1.36 goals a game. The Mustangs spread the ball around well and have four players who have scored two goals on the season. Freshman Ty Nielsen leads the Mustangs with seven points including two goals and three assists. Results of the Sept. 24 game on the road against Western Wyoming were not available as of press time.

At the halfway point, midfielder Rafael Munoz leads the Golden Eagles in assists with five which also makes him 22nd in the nation. Forward Tristan White and midfielder Caleb Rondon lead the Golden Eagles in goals with four each. White also leads the Golden Eagles in shots with 19. Goalie Andrew Hays leads the Golden Eagles in saves with 26.

In the most recent action, the Golden Eagles beat Western Nebraska Community College 1-0 at a home game played at Cheyenne East High School, Sept. 21.

The Eagles shut out Sheridan College on Sept. 17, 2-0. Munoz picked up two more assists in the game. Hays only needed to make two saves in the match thanks to the Golden Eagle’s defense.

The Golden Eagles played Northwest College on Sept. 16 on cruise control, winning the game 4-1. Freshman forward Jorge Rosales scored two goals in the match, both in the first half. Rosales scored his first goal in the 24th minute of play with the assist was credited to White. Rosales’ next goal was scored in the 37th minute of play with an assist by midfielder Francisco Garcia. Munoz led the Golden Eagles in assists, with two. Hays kept Northwest College scoreless up until the 87th minute of play and had four saves in the match.

The Golden Eagles are in action next in a rematch against Northeastern Junior College, a home game that will be played at 8 p.m., Sept. 28 at Cheyenne South High School.