WNCC soccer teams opened up practice Monday with talented teams
     2014-08-14      By The Gering Citizen   
SCOTTSBLUFF — The Western Nebraska Community College soccer teams opened practice on Monday and both teams have the potential to be much better than a year ago.

The women’s team, who finished last season at 7-7, will feature a team that is deep in talent. The women return eight players that saw action last year and welcome 11 newcomers. The men’s team also has plenty of returners with eight back from last year’s 2-win season.

All the players see plenty of talent on the team this year after the first two days of practice.

Rhiannon Castle, a freshman from England on the women’s team said they have plenty of depth and potential.

“We have a few good players and we should make for a good team this year and I think we will work together well,” she said. “There is a lot of potential out there and I would say there about 10 to 15 really good players.”

Leading the charge is a good group of returning players, including seven starters.

The returners include Sinahi Garcia of Bayard; Brooke Satur of Gering; Corrrie McDonald of Liskeard, England; Bailee Dopp of Layton, Utah; Nadia Rodriquez of Denver; Iris Rascon of Commerce City, Colo.; Jordyn Seidel of Ft. Collins, Colo.; and Sydnee Edwards of Kaysville, Utah.

Also returning to play this year is Whitney Parker of Clinton, Utah, who sat out last season with a knee injury.

Dopp was the starting goalkeeper last season and is expected to be in net once again. Dopp will be backed up by freshman Ciara Nice of Gillette, Wyo.

The rest of the newcomers have plenty of soccer experience whether from their high school or clubs teams, including two players each from Nebraska and Wyoming. The local players include Janae Grund of Sidney and Hannah Wilke of North Platte. The Wyoming players are Marissa Colgrove of Casper and Nice.

The rest of the team include Kennedy Lawes of Kaysville, Utah; Aiyanna Grubac of Nanaimo, British Columbia; Rosanne Sanchez of Northglenn, Colo.; Isabel Hunter of England, and Chelsey Keefer of Sandy, Utah.

The men’s team also has plenty of depth and sophomore Joe Momoh thinks the team will have plenty of talent and offensive punch.

“There is a lot of talent out there, but the one thing we need to do is come together as a team,” Momoh said. “We need to pull all the individual talent into a team. We definitely have a lot of talent this year.”

The Cougar men return eight players from a year ago and welcome 15 new faces. Besides Momoh, the other returners include Guilherme Carnargo of Brazil; Sage Pemberton of Pleasant Grove, Utah; David Hernandez of Aurora, Colo.; Josh Ring and Donovan Valentine of Torrington, Wyo.; Mark Campbell of Manchester, England; and Jose Ceron of Denver.

The newcomers to the team include four from Wyoming and Nebraska. The local players include Cole Brothwell from Torrington, Blake Wills of Scottsbluff, Trestan Stephenson of Alliance, and Austin Settles from North Platte.

The rest of the freshmen include Akcel Garcia from Greeley, Colo.; Jorge Ortega and Miguel Enriquez of Aurora, Colo.; Juan Ferandez of Orizaba, Mexico; Ivan Sakou of Yaoude, Cameroon; Omar Guzman and Connor Francis of Denver; Malik Mennana of Centennial, Colo.; Josiah Bolyard of Longmont, Colo.; Trey Winters of Wichita, Kan., and Muhammed Camera.

Momoh likes the mixture of this team. That is why this team should be solid on both sides of the ball.

“Our strengths will be a combination of both, but it will mainly be offensive,” he said. “We have some returning defenders that have experience and they are working with the new players right now so that they get used to the system of play of college soccer, especially in our league.”

Both squads will hold alumni scrimmages on Saturday with the women kicking off at noon and the men at 2 p.m. After that, the women will open up the season Aug. 23 when they face Colorado Christian in Denver. Both teams will then travel to Great Bend, Kan., to take on Barton Community College and Pratt Community College. WNCC’s first home games will be Sept. 19 and 20 when they host Sheridan and Northwest College.

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