Cougar soccer teams blown away

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Western Nebraska Community College men's and women's soccer teams battled 50 mph winds Wednesday and they also found the scoring hard to come by in Region IX conference matches with Laramie County Community College.

The Cougar men lost to the Golden Eagles 3-0. The Cougar women fell to the No. 17 Golden Eagles 5-0 after trailing 1-0 at halftime.

WNCC had four prime opportunities to score in the second half of the mens game. The first came early in the half as Edwin Contreras just missed a shot high. The Cougars also had two free kicks into the wind that sailed high. Daniel Agnew also had a good shot attempt in front of the goal with 10 minutes to play.

LCCC outshot the Cougar men 19-5 and had six corner kicks to WNCC's one. Justin Becerra was in net for the Cougars, making five saves.

On the women's side, the Cougar women hung tough with the No. 17 ranked Golden Eagles for a half. The only goal cam in the first half came with seven minutes left.

In the second half, LCCC had the wind in its favor and scored three goals in the first 15 minutes to grab a 4-0 lead.
Bello finished off the scoring with her second goal of the game with five minutes to play for the 5-0 lead.

WNCC had plenty of opportunities to score in the opening half. Ashley Baker just missed on a sliding attempt in the 25th minute. Then, with 14 minutes to play in the first half, the Cougars had a corner kick that went high over the net because of the wind.

Bailey Wenz was in net for the Cougars in making 14 saves in net.

The Cougar men, 3-8 overall and 1-6 in Region IX play, will be back in action Friday when they host Northeastern Junior College at 3 p.m. at the Landers Soccer Complex.

The Cougar women fell to 2-7 overall and 0-6 in Region IX play. The women will have a week off before returning to action as they host Western Wyoming Community College on Oct. 12 before hosting Northwest College on Oct. 13.

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