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WNCC soccer teams hosting key conference games this weekend

WNCC soccer teams hosting key conference games this weekend
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The Western Nebraska Community College men’s and women’s soccer teams will host key conference contests this weekend when Gillette College and Sheridan College invade Landers Soccer Complex.

The WNCC women will be looking to improve on their 7-1 overall mark when they face Gillette College, 7-2, on Friday and then Sheridan College, 4-3-1, on Saturday. Both women’s matches will begin at 1:30 p.m. with men’s contests to follow at 4 p.m.

WNCC head coach Todd Rasnic said he doesn’t know much about Sheridan, but got to watch Gillette earlier this month.

“The records on the women’s side show that both teams are strong,” Rasnic said. “I am expecting the games to be very hard fought battles for the women’s side. On the men’s side, I am just looking for our guys to continue to improve and try to maintain control of a match for greater lengths of time than what we have in the past. We made a good stretch against Central last week so hopefully we can keep the ball rolling.”

The women are one of three teams with a conference loss early in the season at 2-1. WNCC’s only defeat was to Trinidad state Junior College when they fell 1-0. Sheridan is 4-1 in conference play while Gillette is 3-1. Laramie County Community College, who is ranked fourth in the nation, is 4-0 in conference and 7-0-1 overall.

Rasnic said his women’s squad needs to play disciplined to have success this weekend.

“Organization and defensive discipline and the ability to win the 1-v-1 battles in the field in the middle,” Rasnic said. “Those are key elements in women’s soccer and if we can come out and stay disciplined and win the 1-v-1 battles, we can come out of both games with a victory.”

Both women’s contests should be competitive as the three teams have a combined 11-6-1 record. WNCC, which was ranked for a few weeks at No. 19 in the national polls, is 7-1 on the season followed by Gillette and then Sheridan. It is the best start in Cougar history since the inaugural 2003 team that went 19-1.

Gillette and WNCC women have four common opponents. The two squads earned wins over Dakota College, Mount Marty, and Otero. The only difference was against Trinidad where WNCC lost 1-0 while Gillette won 5-1.

As for the men, the Cougar men stopped a 3-game losing skid on Saturday when they defeated Central-Columbus 2-0. They, too, will face a stiff challenge. Gillette is only 1-3 in conference action, but 6-3-1 overall. Sheridan enters with a 1-3-1 conference record and 1-4-1 overall.

After this weekend, the Cougar soccer teams will be at home Oct. 4 and 5 for two more conference contests as they battle conference-leading Laramie County on Friday and then Western Wyoming on Saturday.

Region IX Standings

Women’s

College Conf. Overall

LCCC 4-0-0 7-0-1

Sheridan 4-1-0 4-3-1

Gillette 3-1-0 7-2-0

WNCC 2-1-0 7-1-0

NJC 2-1-0 5-3-0

W. Wyo. 2-2-0 5-4-0

NW Wyo. 1-2-0 3-6-0

Otero 1-3-0 3-6-0

Trinidad 1-3-0 2-5-0

CCC-Columbus 1-4-0 5-5-0

C. Wyo. 0-3-0 1-7-0

Men’s

LCCC 6-3-0 4-0-0

NJC 6-4-1 3-0-0

Otero 5-3-0 3-1-0

Trinidad 3-1-0 3-5-0

NW Wyo. 2-1-0 6-2-1

WNCC 1-2-0 4-4-0

CCC-Columbus 1-3-1 6-4-1

Sheridan 1-3-1 1-4-1

Gillette 1-3-0 6-3-1

W. Wyo. 1-3-0 2-8-0

C. Wyo. 0-3-0 1-7-0

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