Weekend Recap: Golden Eagles teams see wins and losses

Golden Eagles volleyball team splits matches over the weekend

The Laramie County Community College Golden Eagles split their matches over the weekend. They defeated Central Wyoming College on Friday night and then fell to Western Wyoming Community College on Saturday.

Friday evening, the Golden Eagles found their rhythm and beat Central Wyoming College in four sets (25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 25-9).

Freshman Suzie Rhodes (Bayfield, Colorado) had a very strong evening – she dished out 27 assists, seven digs and had three serves that went for aces. Preston Lienemann (Loveland, Colorado) led the Golden Eagles with 13 kills on the night. The freshman also accounted for four digs. Middle blocker Kiley Ridgway (Riverton, Wyoming) had a great night in her hometown. She recorded all five blocks for the Golden Eagles. Sophomore Paulina Hileman (Johnstown, Colorado) recorded 16 digs on the night.

On Saturday, the Golden Eagles gave up some points late in the first two sets and ultimately dropped all three sets (25-27, 25-27, 18-25) to Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs.

The Golden Eagles didn’t help themselves as they had nine serving errors on the afternoon. Ridgway and sophomore MiKayla Martinez (Erie, Colorado) led with 10 kills each in the match. Freshman duo Suzie Rhodes and Farel Garcia (Johnstown, Colorado) combined for 32 assists – Garcia had 17 and Rhodes had 15. Fellow Freshman Tori Passarelli (Littleton, Colorado) led the team with 13 digs in the match.

The Golden Eagles are now 18-6 on the year and 3-1 in Region IX play. The group will be back on the road this weekend at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, on Friday, and Sheridan College on Saturday.

Golden Eagles men’s soccer team has mixed results in weekend matches

The Laramie County Community College men’s soccer team was in southern Colorado over the weekend, where they squared off with Trinidad State Junior College on Saturday and Otero Junior College on Sunday. The team went one and one as they defeated the Trojans 1-0 on Saturday but fell to the Rattlers 3-2 on Sunday.

Saturday’s match was a sloppy one – Trinidad got some rain Friday night, and that made the pitch difficult to play on in the goal areas. The match went back and forth, with Trinidad State creating the opportunities early on in the match. At the half, the game was tied at 0-0.

The lone goal came in the second half when freshman Alex Espinoza (Heber City, Utah) got around his defender and drew another defender in.  Espinoza passed the ball off to fellow freshman Rafael Munoz (Las Vegas, Nevada), who touched it around the keeper and finished his shot. Sophomore goalkeeper Antonio Chairez (Greeley, Colorado) recorded eight saves in the match.

On Sunday, the Golden Eagles didn’t put together a strong first half, and that hurt them. They gave up three first-half goals in a 3-2 defeat to Otero Junior College.

LCCC had two really good looks in the first five minutes of the game but were unable to capitalize. The Rattlers answered first in the eighth minute of the game off a corner kick as Jonathan Cuevas headed it in. The Golden Eagles responded in the 11th minute when Munoz fed Espinoza, who slotted his shot. Otero regained the lead in the 24th minute and added a third in the 42nd minute. The score at the half was 3-1 in favor of the Rattlers.

The Golden Eagles were organized better in the second half and cut the lead in the 82nd minute when sophomore Mario Garcia (Idaho Falls, Idaho) found Munoz for the goal. The Eagles couldn’t find the net for a third time, though, so the game ended in a 3-2 loss to the Rattlers.

LCCC is now 8-5 on the year. The Golden Eagles will host Sheridan College at 1:30 p.m. on Friday and Northwest College at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Women’s soccer wins at Trinidad, falls to Otero

The Laramie County Community College women’s soccer team split matches this weekend in Colorado. They defeated Trinidad State Junior College 7-0 on Saturday and then dropped a 2-1 contest to Otero Junior College on Sunday.

Saturday, the Golden Eagles were in full control of the Trojans as they lit up the scoreboard early. Sophomore Eden Stoddard (New South Wales) got things started in the 19th minute when she capitalized on a pass from sophomore Gabby Garcia (Aurora, Colorado). The Golden Eagles then had three goals in a four-minute span before the half. Sophomore Megan Campbell (Aurora, Colorado) made it 2-0 in the 34th minute. Jemma House (Sydney, Australia) increased the lead to three as she put away a pass from sophomore Brittney Crank (Idaho Falls, Idaho). The freshman also led the team with four shots in the afternoon. Stoddard scored the fourth goal in the 38th minute, and the Golden Eagles led 4-0 at the half.

House put herself in the assist column in the 55th minute when she spotted sophomore Brenda Vazquez (Denver, Colorado). Central defender Aubri Schneider (Green River, Wyoming) got into the attack and recorded her first assist of the year when she connected with House in 64th minute. Freshman Samantha Philips (Gillette, Wyoming) got the seventh and final goal of the match in the 86th minute on a pass from Kara Clark (Cheyenne, Wyoming).

Sunday, the Golden Eagles were tested as they squared off with the Rattlers from Otero Junior College. The Rattlers had won the previous matchup 1-0 in Cheyenne.

LCCC had a great opportunity to jump out to an early lead, but that opportunity evaporated when the shot went wide on an empty net. Otero got on the board first in the 13th minute when a Christina Tafoya cross was tapped in by Lariza De La Rosa. Things were knotted up in the 20th minute when Crank found a loose ball in the box and hammered it home.

The Golden Eagles outshot the Rattlers 18-6 with an 8-3 advantage with shots on goal. Otero regained the lead in the 88th minute when Tafoya served a ball in the air, and it was headed in by De La Rosa. The goal ended up being the game-winner in a 2-1 final.

The Golden Eagles are now 8-4-2 on the year and 6-2 in Region IX play. Up next for the Golden Eagles is a home match against Sheridan College at 4 p.m. on Friday and Northwest College at 4 p.m. on Saturday.