Weekend Recap: Golden eagles volleyball and women’s and men’s soccer teams win against their opponents

LCCC wins against EWC
  Casady Tiexiera spikes the ball against Eastern Wyoming College in
  the LCCC gym on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. LCCC won the match in
  three games. See more photos below. Ty Stockton/LCCC

Golden Eagles Volleyball sweeps Casper and Eastern Wyoming in straight sets

The Laramie County Community College Golden Eagles volleyball team started slow Friday night against the Eastern Wyoming College Lancers. The Eagles dug themselves out of an 11-4 deficit in the first set, and they took their first lead at 21-20. They held on to win that game 26-24, then didn’t look back in their sweep of the Lancers (26-24, 25-21, and 25-15).

The second and third sets started easier for the Golden Eagles, though the Lancers put up a fight in the second set. The Eagles jumped out to a good lead, and the Lancers cut that lead and eventually knotted it up at 20. LCCC rallied to finish out the game at 25-21.

The third set was all LCCC. The Golden Eagles flew out to an early lead and didn’t give it up. The Eagles won the third set 25-15 to take the match.

Sophomores MiKayla Martinez (Erie, Colorado) and Aspen Olson (Johnstown, Colorado) led the way with nine kills apiece. Freshman Kiley Ridgway (Riverton, Wyoming) had seven kills to go with three blocks. Freshman Tori Passarelli (Littleton, Colorado) accounted for 13 digs, while freshman Suzie Rhodes (Bayfield, Colorado) had 13 assists on the night.

Saturday, the Golden Eagles welcomed another Region IX North votes-receiving squad – Casper College. LCCC took down the Thunderbirds in straight sets (26-24, 25-22 and 25-17). The victory takes the Golden Eagles’ win streak to 12 games.

LCCC came into the weekend as the fifth best team in the country in kills per set and got great contribution from Martinez once again, who led the team with 14 kills. Ridgway and fellow freshman Preston Lienemann (Loveland, Colorado) had 11 kills apiece.

As a team, the Golden Eagles are sixth in the country in assists per set with 12.01, and freshman Farel Garcia (Johnstown, Colorado) had a season-high 22 assists on the afternoon. 

LCCC is now 17-5 on the year and 2-0 in Region IX North. Up next, the Golden Eagles will be on the road at 7 p.m. on Oct. 2 at Central Wyoming College in Riverton, and at 3 p.m. on Oct. 3 at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs.

  • Women's Volleyball defeats EWC
  • Women's Volleyball defeats EWC
  • Women's Volleyball defeats EWC
  • Women's Volleyball defeats EWC
  • Women's Volleyball defeats EWC
  • Women's Volleyball defeats EWC
  • Women's Volleyball defeats EWC
  • Women's Volleyball defeats EWC

Golden Eagles women’s soccer team takes down Cougars

The Laramie County Community College Golden Eagles women’s soccer team was on the road Friday in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, and unleashed five goals in the afternoon against Western Nebraska Community College in the 5-0 victory.

Sophomore Erin Elder (Tridell, Utah) got things started in the 26th minute as she collected a ball from freshman Shauni Griffiths (London, England) and finished her shot. Griffiths made it 2-0 in the 34th minute. Golden Eagles took a 2-0 lead into the half.

Two minutes into the second half, sophomore Gabby Garcia (Aurora, Colorado) found fellow sophomore Megan Campbell (Aurora, Colorado) for a goal. Campbell then found freshman Jemma House (Sydney, Australia) in the 51st minute for the fourth goal of the game. Campbell tacked on the fifth in the 78th minute as House returned the favor and assisted Campbell on the final goal for the 5-0 win.

The Golden Eagles are now 7-3-2 on the year and 5-1 in Region IX. LCCC is on the road next weekend in Colorado for matchups at 4 p.m. on Saturday with Trinidad State Junior College and at 4 p.m. on Sunday Otero Junior College.

Golden Eagles men’s soccer takes two over the weekend

The Laramie County Community College Golden Eagles men’s soccer team took down the Cougars from Western Nebraska Community College on Friday 4-0 on the road.

It didn’t take long for the Golden Eagles to get on the board as freshman Tristan White (Riverton, Wyoming) played a through ball to freshman Alex Espinoza (Heber City, Utah), whose left-footed finish gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead in the second minute of the game. Goalkeeper Antonio Chairez (Greeley, Colorado) was called for a foul, and Western Nebraska was awarded a penalty kick attempt. Chairez was issued a yellow card and had to come off the pitch, and in stepped freshman Hugo Garcia (Provo, Utah), who saved the penalty kick in the 10th minute. Momentum quickly shifted as the Golden Eagles answered a minute later when sophomore Mario Garcia (Idaho Falls, Idaho) played freshman Rafael Munoz (Las Vegas, Nevada) in behind the defense for the second goal. Munoz got his second of the game in the 35th minute as freshman Jorge Rangel (Aurora, Colorado) fed him the pass. The score at the half was 3-0.

The Golden Eagles were tested early in the second half but put the game to rest in the 75th minute when Espinoza got his second of the game. Freshman Caleb Rondon (Los Oliuos, Peru) was credited with the assist.

Saturday, the Golden Eagles were back at home for a non-conference match up against the Mustangs from Northwest Kansas Technical College. The Mustangs struck first in second minute of the game as the Golden Eagles scored an own goal. LCCC then responded with six unanswered goals for a 6-1 victory.

Munoz got around his defender and crossed a ball to White, who finished the cross out of the air to tie things up in the 16th minute. In the 34th minute, freshman Samuel Franceschi (Centennial, Colorado) played Espinoza through, and Espinoza finished his one-on-one with the goalkeeper. At the half, the Golden Eagles led 2-1.

It didn’t take long for the Golden Eagles to get their third goal, as Espinoza stole the ball from a Mustangs defender and played to White, who calmly finished his opportunity in the 48th minute. Munoz got the assists to the fourth and fifth goals, giving him three on the day. Garcia scored in the 50th minute, and Domey Espinoza (Heber City, Utah) scored in the 61st minute. Munoz tallied the final goal in the 63rd minute as he stole the ball from the goalkeeper and tapped in his shot.

LCCC is now 7-4 on the year and 3-1 in Region IX North. The Golden Eagles are on the road next weekend at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at Trinidad State Junior College and at 2 p.m. Sunday at Otero Junior College.