WNCC’s Wills, Francis sign soccer deals at 4-year schools
     2016-04-18      By Media Report    editor@geringcitizen.com
The Western Nebraska Community College men’s soccer team is sending two more players on to the next level. Sophomores Blake Wills and C.J. Francis inked scholarship offers.

Wills, who played at Scottsbluff, will play at Hastings College while Francis, from Denver, is headed to play for the University of Hawaii-Hilo.

“Signings like this are a little bit more special when it is players that I have worked with over the years as a youth coach and when I forced him [Blake] to play in goal for several years,” WNCC coach Todd Rasnic said. “I am proud of him and also C.J., who led our defensive line and helped us out quite a bit.”

Both players were part of a Cougar team that went 10-4-3 their freshman year in 2014 and were starters on defense.

Wills looked at the University of Alabama-Huntsville and Buena Vista University in Iowa before choosing Hastings because it was closer to home.

Wills said, “Hastings is a respectable program and I wanted to make that next step up to a much bigger program and to be able to compete at the level.”

Francis said he will take away fond memories from his career at WNCC. “I have grown tremendously as a soccer player,” he said.

“Todd definitely helped me grow as a soccer player and don’t take that away from him, but I think he has really helped me grow more as a person.”

Francis was looking at the University of Portland, Univer-sity of Pittsburg, and Metro State in Denver before deciding on Hilo.

“I decided to go to the University of Hawaii-Hilo be- cause I thought it would be a really good opportunity,” he said. “I am in it for the experience and I see it as a way to help my schooling and soccer. Hopefully, that will progress in both aspects to graduate.”

Wills and Francis become the third men’s soccer players to sign to play next year. Earlier this month, Jorge Ortega signed to play at the Louisiana State University at Alexandra.

WNCC media release

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