Cougars split soccer matches
GOODLAND, Kan. -- The Western Nebraska Community College men's and women's soccer teams split matches against Northwest Kansas Technical College on Saturday in Goodland, Kan., in their season openers.
The Cougar women pitched a shutout in rolling to a 2-0 win while the Cougar men had 14 shots on goal, but managed to net just one goal as the Cougar men fell 3-1 to the Mavericks.
WNCC coach Todd Rasnic said the women completely dominated the match.
"We completely dominated in any aspect of the game but we couldn't finish," he said. "I had a nightmare of last year's team. They never got the ball to our end of the field but twice in each half. They were a better team than they were last year. We did a lot of good things in getting our organization together, but we still have a lot of work to do to compete with other teams."
The Cougar women showed plenty on defense and offense in the season opener. The defense allowed the Mavericks just four shots, two of which were on goal. WNCC freshman goalkeeper Bailee Dopp recorded to saves in net to pick up her first collegiate win.
Offensively, the Cougars had 24 shots, 14 of which were on goal.
The Cougars opened the scoring in the first half as Iris Rascon scored off an assist from Nadia Rodriguez. Both teams went into intermission that way.
In the second half, the Cougars managed just one goal and it was a beauty as Bayard's Sinahi Garcia stole the ball off the defender and went in for the shot and scored to finish off the scoring.
WNCC also managed five corner kicks in the win.
The men's team wasn't as fortunate taking on a very talented Northwest Kansas squad that entered with a 6-1 record.
The Mavericks and Cougars took the same about of shots, but the difference in the contest was the Cougars couldn't capitalize on their shots.
"They are a good team and I am not going to take anything away from them," Rasnic said. "They [Northwest] were very good and they were as good as any team in Region IX in the past couple of years. We had opportunities to stay in the game and to beat them, but we just didn't capitalize. We could not take advantage of the opportunities presented to us. We hit the cross bar at least two or three times."
The Mavericks took a 2-0 lead at intermission. In the second half, the Cougars finally broke the ice as freshman Alberto Castro scored off an assist from Chris Mordue. Northwest would tack on a third goal in the second half for the 3-1 final.
Northwest took 15 shots of which six were on goal. WNCC had 16 shots and 14 were on goal. Justin Becerra took the loss in net, making three saves.
Rasnic said that both teams still have work to do before their Region IX home opener next weekend against Northwest Wyoming and Sheridan College.
The Cougars next matches, however, will be Monday evening when they travel to face Johnson & Wales in Denver for a men's and women's doubleheader.
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