Rivero named All-American


Oscar Rivero

Oscar Rivero was named NJCAA All American.

The National Junior College Athletic Association has named Trojan midfielder Oscar Rivero to the 2014 All-American Soccer Team. Rivero, a first team selection, led Trinidad State to a 20-3-2 record, a Region IX title and a trip to the National semifinals.


Oscar Rivero


The Trojan captain came to TSJC from Acapulco, Mexico. He had ten goals and three assists this season. He was also named the Region IX Player of the Year and was a member of the 2014 National Tournament All-Tournament Team. Last year he was awarded first team All-Region IX and was given the Superior Academic Award from the NJCAA for his 3.84 overall GPA.


“Oscar was the glue that held us together,” commented Trinidad State Head Soccer Coach Aaron Miller. “He is a great leader, that helped carry this team through a lot.”


Oscar will be leaving Trinidad State for the University of Illinois at Chicago. The Flames are an NCAA Division I school in the Horizon League. They were 7-8-2 this past season.


Trojans place at National Tournament


Team with Trophy


The magical 2014 soccer season came to an end on a beautiful Arizona evening this past Saturday at the 2014 National Tournament. The Trojan squad hoisted a third place trophy to the cheers of their families and fans following the Trojans loss to eventual champion Tyler Junior College in the semifinal round. The sentimental moment elicited some tears, more smiles and an overall feeling of accomplishment from a group of young men who worked extremely hard for the past four months to get to that moment.

The Trophy


Trinidad State played three games at the tournament with the first two coming in group play. They were matched in a group with the Hill College Rebels from Hillsboro, Texas and the Illinois Central Cougars from East Peoria, Illinois. TSJC was lucky to have Tuesday off so they were able to get a look at their competition as Hill upset Illinois 2-1.

On Wednesday the Trojans had their shot at the Rebels. Hill College played a tough defensive game were able to transition into an early goal. The 1-0 lead held until the 72nd minute when Josue Lujan fed Julian Padilla in the box. Padilla’s shot tied it up, and despite the Trojans taking 37 attempts throughout the match; it would be the only shot to find the net. Each team earned a point for the tie setting the Trojans up with a chance to advance if they could beat the Cougars by two goals.

Oscar Rivero

Oscar Rivero fires a shot against Illinois Central. The TSJC captain was named to the National All-Tournament Team.

On Thursday afternoon TSJC got on the board in the opening minutes when Ricardo Zacarias made a run just outside the box and was taken down from behind. He drilled the ensuing free kick low past the wall and into the net to put Trinidad up 1-0. Wesley Padgett would then give the Trojans the goal they desperately needed late in the first half when he broke free in the middle of the pitch. The Cougar keeper deflected Padgett’s initial shot but the Trojan freshman responded quickly planting the rebound into the net for the 2-0 lead. Shawn Rusk put it out of reach late when he received a picture perfect assist from Zacarias and pushed it past the keeper for the 3-0 win. Trojan keeper Christian Rico helped TSJC earn their fourth shutout of the playoffs with a pair of excellent saves. The victory gave the Trojans four points in the group and the three-goal margin gave them the tiebreaker. They moved on to the semifinals on Saturday.

On Saturday the Trojans found themselves facing not just Tyler JC, but in the first half they also had the wind and sun right in their faces. The combination of a ferocious Tyler attack and the elements were too much as the Trojans surrendered three first half goals. In the second half the tables were turned and Zacarias wasted no time getting the Trojans a goal. He took an assist from Alan Garcia Pena and chipped a shot over the keeper to get the Trojans on the board. Trinidad continued the assault on the Apache goal but were unable to find the net again. The Trojans then gave up a pair of goals on a penalty kick and a shorthanded goal for the 5-1 finish.

Group shot

Players and parents gather around Coach Aaron Miller as he thanks them all for the great season

Besides the third place trophy the Trojans brought home another award. Sophomore Oscar Rivero was selected to the All-Tournament team. It was a well-deserved honor for the Trojan captain as he played a great tournament, showing non-stop hustle in all three matches.

Following the match Coach Aaron Miller addressed the large group of supporters that gathered around the team, “I am very proud of this team” he praised, “they put in a tremendous amount of work this season and accomplished more than anyone expected. They can hold their heads up high with what they accomplished. I want to thank everyone who supported us though all of the long miles of travel, coming to games and cheering us on. I know many of you had never heard of Trinidad before we contacted you and I want to thank you for sending your sons to TSJC. We received great support all season long, thank you!”

The Trojans ended the year with a 20-3-2 record. They are the Region IX Champions, the West District runner-ups and National Semifinalists. They received praise for their play on the field and behavior off of it wherever they went. This team traveled nearly 12,000 miles this season. Doing homework in hotels and on the bus was business as usual for the Trojans. Many of these young men will be moving on to play at the next level, but none will forget the family bond that was formed on this path to National Gold.

Trojans headed to National Tournament


The Trinidad State Junior College Men’s Soccer team is headed back to Arizona next week for the 2014 NJCAA National Soccer Tournament. The Trojans topped #17 Phoenix College last Friday night to qualify for the event that will be held, starting November 18, at Prescott, Arizona.

Oscar Rivero

Oscar Rivero leads the charge as the Trojans go on the attack in a game earlier this season. The Trojans will next play in the Group Stage at the National Tournament.

The Trojans went into the West District semifinal match-up with Phoenix College knowing that Bears matched up well with them physically and tactically. After a fast paced start, TSJC got on the board first in the 35th minute when Oscar Rivero led a beautiful attack down the center of the pitch. He fed Ricardo Zacarias who fired a laser that was blocked back out to Rivero. Attempting a finesse shot that hit the crossbar, Rivero tried to tip the ball towards goal, but a PC defender made an amazing play heading the ball back out right at the crossbar. Rivero tried again on the rebound, only this time he was grabbed by the PC goalkeeper eventually setting up a penalty kick. Zacarias found the corner of the net on the PK attempt giving the Trojans a 1-0 lead. Just four minutes later the Bears got a breakaway down the left side and were fouled in the box by a Trojan defender. Christian Rico, the NJCAA Player of the Week, made a pair of brilliant saves, first on the penalty kick and then on the rebound to prevent the score.

The Trojans looked like they would head into the half with the lead but a breakaway shot by Anthony Tokpah in the closing seconds would skim off of Rico’s fingertips and trickle across the line with only two seconds left.

In the second half the Trojans retook the lead in the 55th minute when Alan Garcia Pena launched a perfect pass from a setpiece play into Julian Padilla crashing the six-yard box. Padilla headed it past the Phoenix goalkeeper for the eventual game winner. After several attacking attempts by PC, Aleksa Blagojevic received an Alan Garcia assist that would ice the victory. Beating several PC defenders, he found himself at the top of the 18 with a left-footed blast from about twenty yards out in the 81st minute.

Josue Lujan

Josue Lujan guides the ball downfield against Northwest College earlier this season.

The win guaranteed the Trojans a spot in the National Tournament but they still had the home team, Pima Community College, waiting on Saturday evening for the West District Title game. “The game vs Pima College was a well-played match by both sides. Pima showed they could possess the ball very well, while our guys created many beautiful passing combinations against one of the more talented squads in the Nation,” said Coach Aaron Miller. Despite numerous chances for both teams the match was scoreless through 87 minutes. In the closing moments of regulation Pima defender Gabe Zepp made a run into the box and went down prompting a penalty kick to be given from the center official. Santiago Carrillo made the penalty and the Aztecs held on for the 1-0 win.

“It has been a great season, so far!” praised Head Coach Aaron Miller. “We have certainly exceeded everyone’s’ expectations, but, getting this far was has always been an individual and team goal. It was always in the player’s hearts. Earlier in the season, I gave the guy’s a lesson about Earl Nightingale’s ‘Strangest Secret’; that lesson being ‘you become what you think about.’ If you think you are a National Champion, you can become a National Champion. Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal, and a worthy ideal.” And, here they are…! Coach Miller also wanted to identify that the success this year can, in part, be attributed to the competitive tradition built by the previous two seasons of Trojan Men’s Soccer.

The Trojans (19-2-1) will now head into group play at the National Tournament as the #7 seed. Twelve teams total will be in the tournament, ranked into four groups. One team out of each group will advance for the semifinals on Saturday, November 22. The winners of the semi’s will advance to the title game on Sunday, November 23. In the Trojans group are #2 Illinois Central (17-1-0) and #11 Hill College (11-5-2). Illinois and Hill will face off first on Tuesday. The Trojans will then take on Hill College on Wednesday, November 19 at 2:30 p.m. Group play will wrap up on Thursday, November 20 when the Trojans face Illinois Central at 2:30 p.m.

Trojans take Region IX title


In only their third year of existence the Trojan men’s soccer team claimed the Region IX title defeated defending champion Otero 3-0 to bring home the hardware. Trinidad State is now set to play in the District Tournament this weekend.

First Team All-Region forward Ricardo Zacarias sent the Trojans into the title game last weekend in Powell, Wyoming with a penalty kick in the 85th minute against USU College of Eastern Utah. Zacarias’ goal, the only ball to find the net in the full 90 minutes, was set up when Saad Hissein was pulled down from behind in the box. The Trojans defense tightened up for the last few minutes securing the victory.

Christian Rico

NJCAA Player of the Week Christian Rico sends the ball downfield against Northwest College at Central Park earlier this year. The Trojan keeper had 14 saves this weekend without giving up a goal.

In the championship against Otero, Julian Padilla got the scoring going with a beautiful left-footed free kick in the 27th minute. A few minutes later Alan Garcia Pena used some fancy footwork to get free at the top of the box. His long left-footed blast found the net to give TSJC a 2-0 lead at half time. In the 77th minute Region IX MVP Oscar Rivero picked up a rebound in the six and blasted it into the net for the final score of the match. The Trojan keepers, Christian Rico and Pedro Perez have now combined for three playoff shutouts, combining for 13 saves in the title game.

The Trojans got more good news this week as Rico was named the NJCAA Goalkeeper of the Week for his brilliant play in the playoffs so far.

The #6 Trojans (18-1-1) will next face #15 Phoenix College (17-6-0) in the district semifinal on Friday at 4:30 p.m. A win Friday afternoon will send TSJC to both the district title game and the 2014 National Tournament. The other semifinal will feature Pima Community College against Otero Junior College.

14 TSJC Soccer players named to Region IX team


Oscar Rivero and Coach Miller

MVP Oscar Rivero and “Coach of the Year” Aaron Miller.

Trinidad State finished the regular season with a 15-1-1 record and the #8 ranking in the national polls. Following that tremendous success TSJC recently received word that 14 Trojan athletes had been named to the Region IX South All-Region Team. Included in the honors were two of the top region honors. The MVP award went to Trojan center back Oscar Rivero and Coach Aaron Miller was named Coach of the Year.

Region IX South - First Team

Earning First Team awards were forward Ricardo Zacarias, midfielder Alan Garcia Pena, defenders Oscar Rivero and Aleksa Blagojevic, and goalkeeper Pedro Veiga Perez.

All Region First-Team - Aleksa Blagojevic, Ricardo Zacarias, Pedro Veiga Perez, Alan Garcia Pena

All Region First-Team - Aleksa Blagojevic, Ricardo Zacarias, Pedro Veiga Perez and Alan Garcia Pena

Zacarias, a sophomore transfer from Las Cruces, New Mexico, scored 19 goals this season to go with six assists. He is ranked 11th in the nation in goals scored. Garcia Pena, a freshman from San Diego, California is the field general setting up scoring opportunities for his teammates. He has tallied a team high 14 assists this season ranking him 7th in the nation. Rivero is the team captain. A sophomore from Acapulco, Mexico, he is the leader on and off the pitch. He has nine goals and three assists this season. Blagojevic is a big freshman from Serbia. He has tallied six goals and three assists this year, including the game winner in the quarterfinal playoff game last weekend. Veiga Perez is a tall freshman keeper from Spain. He tallied 58 saves this season while only surrendering seven goals.

Region IX South - Second Team

Earning Second Team honors were forwards Julian Padilla, Shawn Rusk and Wesley Padgett, midfielders Saad Hissien and Jose Martinez, defender Lukas Smith and goalkeeper Christian Rico.

Julian Padilla, Jose Martinez, Wesley Padgett, Christian Rico.(bottom) Lukas Smith, Saad Hissien and Shawn Rusk

All Region Second-Team – (top) Julian Padilla, Jose Martinez, Wesley Padgett, Christian Rico.
(bottom) Lukas Smith, Saad Hissien and Shawn Rusk.

Padilla is a 6’4 freshman from Las Cruces, New Mexico that can attack and can also play the center back position. He had five goals and two assists this season. Rusk, a sophomore from Thornton, is a physical right side attacker who had five goals and three assists this season. Padgett, a freshman from Fruita, is a quick attacking player who had four goals and two assists this year. Hissien is a freshman speedster from Denver. He scored three goals and had five assists this season. Martinez is one of the hardest workers on the field who rarely loses the ball. The freshman from Aurora scored once this season and had four assists. Smith, a freshman from Grand Junction, scored the game winner in overtime against Northwest earlier this month. He scored twice this season and had one assist. Rico is a 6’3 freshman from Brighton. He completed the year giving up just four goals against 52 saves. He is ranked 1st in the nation with a .929 save percentage.

Region IX South - Honorable Mention

All Region Honorable Mention - Cesar Escamilla and Brayan Molina

All Region Honorable Mention – Cesar Escamilla and Brayan Molina

The Trojans also had a pair of sophomores named honorable mention; they are midfielder Cesar Escamilla and defender Brayan Molina. Escamilla works tirelessly in the TSJC midfield, creating opportunities for his teammates. Molina is the last line of defense in front of the Trojan keepers. He made several big plays this year and also had a couple of long assists on free kicks.

Overall it has been an amazing year for the Trojans with different players stepping up each week to make huge plays. The team will continue their playoff run this Friday as they take on the College of Eastern Utah in Powell, Wyoming in the Region IX semifinal.

Trojan Soccer advances to the Region IX semi-finals


Aleksa Blagojevic

Aleksa Blagojevic scores the game winner off an assist from Alan Garcia Pena as teammates Ricardo Zacarias (9) and Saad Hissien (13) look on. The Trojans will play in the Region IX semifinals on Friday.

Trinidad State defeated Northwest College on Saturday at Central Park to advance to the semifinals of the Region IX Tournament in Powell, Wyoming this Friday and Saturday. The Trojans, along with the other south division teams, Central CC and Otero JC, will join the College of Eastern Utah to decide the region title and see which two teams will qualify for the District Tournament.

Saturday’s game was a physical battle between the #8 Trojans and the Trappers that saw five yellow cards and two red cards issued by the officials. Neither team was able to score in the first 45 minutes but the Trappers came close on a pair of occasions. Two great saves from Christian Rico kept Northwest off the board and the Trojans in the game. In the second half TSJC swung the momentum in their favor and forced a free kick from the corner at the 55th minute. Alan Garcia Pena sent a perfect ball into the box to a wide-open Aleksa Blagojevic who headed it into the net for the only goal of the game. The Trojan defense clamped down the rest of the way to preserve the shutout and the 1-0 win. Rico finished with 8 saves in the contest.

The Trojans (16-1-1) will face the College of Eastern Utah (8-6-2) on Friday. The teams met three weeks ago in Price, Utah with the Trojans coming home with the 1-0 win. Otero will face Central in the other semifinal. The winners of Friday’s games will qualify for the District Tournament and also play for the Region IX title on Saturday.

Trojans head into playoffs


The 2014 soccer playoffs kickoff this weekend for the #8 Trinidad State Trojan soccer squad and the task in front of them is not an easy one. Despite their 15-1-1 record the Trojans will host a team that took them into overtime this past weekend at Central Park. Northwest College will return to Trinidad for the second weekend in a row, this time for a quarterfinal playoff game on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.

Alan Garcia Pena

Alan Garcia Pena controls the ball against Otero while teammates Payton Reynolds (22), Lukas Smith (20) and Jose Martinez (11) move into position for a pass.

The Trojans defeated the Trappers last Friday in a 4-3 overtime thriller. The game started with a Trapper goal in the 32nd minute when the Trojan defenders let a goal kick get past them and Omar Garcia drove a cross in from inside the box. Trinidad quickly answered as the next time down the pitch Harrison Ream found Ricardo Zacarias who worked the ball through the box and into the net. TSJC then took the lead late in the half when Zacarias swiped a pass that was intended for the Trapper goalkeeper and took it in for his second of the day. His 18th goal off the season.

In the second half Garcia evened the score with a penalty kick in the 51st minute. The Trojans retook the lead in the 69th minute, this time it was an assist from Zacarias. He sent a long pass from the corner across the box where Saad Hissien went up high over the defenders to head the ball into the net. The lead would not hold though as Northwest sent the game into overtime when the Trojans could not clear a corner kick in the last moments of the second half.

Saad Hissien

Trojan Saad Hissien handles the ball in a match earlier this season. The freshman scored against Northwest on Friday.

In overtime, TSJC turned up the pressure and it was Lukas Smith coming up big as he bravely headed a free kick from Alan Garcia Pena into the net from the top of the box for Golden goal victory.

The following afternoon, Saturday, the Trojans had no problem with Sheridan College topping the Generals 4-0. TSJC got goals from Zacarias, Wesley Padgett, Jullian Padilla and, a beautiful goal from Justin Leal, off assists from Padilla, Zacarias, Payton Reynolds and Danial Yehdego, respectively.

“I am very proud of the Men’s team for capping off a fantastic regular season record. They are prepared and ready to defend our home field, as they have done all season. The group has put in a tremendous amount of training and effort each game. It will be noticeable during our push to the Region IX Championship. The road starts with a tough opponent on Saturday and everyone is very excited for the challenge!” Responded Coach Miller.

This weekend’s playoff game will kickoff at 1 p.m. featuring the 7-6-2 Trappers and the 15-1-1 Trojans. The winner will travel to Powell, Wyoming on October 31 for the finals of the Region IX tournament and a chance to advance to the District round in Arizona.

#9 Trojans wrapping up regular season


Ricardo Zacarias

Ricardo Zacarias attempts to head the ball in on a set play against Otero. The sophomore is one of the top goal scorers in the nation with 14 scored this year.

The Trojan Soccer team has worked their way into the top 10 of the NJCAA National rankings. But, the real work is ready to start as the #9 squad will wrap up regular season play this weekend and prepare for the playoffs. The team now holds a record of 13-1-1 on the year, with home games against Northwest College and Sheridan this weekend.

The Trojans were undefeated before heading into a five-game road swing, but fell to Western Nebraska in an overtime match 0-1. They then tied a tough Laramie County CC club in Cheyenne by a score of 1-1. Against the WNCC Cougars the Trojans had 15 shots on goal but were unable to find the back of the net. In the first overtime WNCC’s David Hernandez capitalized on a header, placing the shot into the lower left corner, beating two defenders and the TSJC goalkeeper for the win. The next day the Trojans starting the scoring with a goal from Ricardo Zacarias in the 35th minute on an assist from Aleksa Blagojevic, LCCC then evened it up in the second half and the teams played to a 1-1 draw.

Alan Garcia Pena

Alan Garcia Pena drills a free kick toward the Otero goal. The Trojan Midfielder has 11 assists this season.

Last Wednesday TSJC headed to La Junta to take on Region IX – South rivals Otero JC. The Trojans struck early when Blagojevic tapped in a rebound off a free kick from Alan Garcia Pena. Twenty minutes later Jose Martinez crossed a beautiful ball through the box and Oscar Rivero headed it into the net for the 2-0 lead. In the 60th minute Rivero took a pass on the edge of the box from Payton Reynolds, and fired it across the box to Zacarias who blasted it into the back of the net. Zacarias would get his second of the game fighting his way through three defenders to score off a long pass from Brayan Molina. After an Otero goal Shawn Rusk would finish out the scoring taking an assist from Joseph Leal and driving it past the keeper. The final in La Junta was 5-1 in favor of the Trojans.

This past weekend the Trojans took on Western Wyoming in Rock Springs. TSJC got three goals early from Zacarias, Martinez and Wesley Padgett, and then a late goal from Lukas Smith to claim the 4-0 region win. Saad Hissien had a pair of assists in the contest. TSJC wrapped up the long road trip in Price, Utah with a hard fought 1-0 win over the College of Eastern Utah. CEU, a first-year program, was hosting its first home game of the season before a very loud and vocal crowd. Julian Padilla scored a very smart goal from a set play served in by Molina for the only goal of the contest.

“The boys really showed some resiliency on the road. Playing 5 games in 9 days, while covering a lot of miles, is a challenge for any program. It is important to learn from the loss and tie, and even in the winning games where we are not playing as cleanly as we should be…it is time to become polished for playoffs. Every day we are refining what we do, making things occur automatically, and learning more about our group. The hours have been committed…we watch film, make adjustments in trainings, focus on fitness, utilize scouting reports to better understand our opponents, and have been mentally training ourselves for the task at hand. There is no doubt we are playing with a target on our back. It is going to be interesting to see how we respond in pressure situations,” stated third-year Head Coach Aaron Miller.

This weekend the Trojans will host Northwest College on Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. during the annual Pink Game. On Saturday afternoon the Sophomores will be honored prior to the 3 p.m. game against Sheridan. These two games will wrap up regular season play for the Trojans. Having secured the #1 spot in the Region IX South division, the Trojans gain home-field advantage for a quarterfinal game scheduled October 25th against the #4 team from the North division. Kickoff time and opponent to be announced.

Men’s Soccer remains undefeated


Aleksa Blogojevic

Aleksa Blogojevic lines up a shot from outside the box against Western Wyoming on Saturday.

Nearly midway through the regular season the Trojan soccer squad is still unbeaten and has risen in the ranks of the national polls. Now at 8-0, the Trojans are ranked 13 in the NJCAA Poll and 16 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll.

This past Wednesday the Trojans hosted defending Region IX champion Otero Junior College. The game was tight early and remained scoreless until Aleksa Blagojevic scored in the 31st minute when he worked the ball down the right sideline and powered it past the Otero goalkeeper. The Trojans took the 1-0 lead into the half-time break.

A great save from Christian Rico early in the second half preserved the lead and the Trojans quickly responded to the Otero surge when Jose Martinez worked the ball into the corner and fed Shawn Rusk in the box who made a nice run and pushed a low shot through the goalkeepers legs to make the score 2-0.

Julian Padilla

Julian Padilla sends the ball ahead to his teammates against Western Wyoming. The Trojans won the contest 4-0

A great save from Christian Rico early in the second half preserved the lead and the Trojans quickly responded to the Otero surge when Jose Martinez worked the ball into the corner and fed Shawn Rusk in the box who made a nice run and pushed a low shot through the goalkeepers legs to make the score 2-0.

The Rattlers answered the goal with one of their own getting on the board on a Luis Rangel unassisted goal in the 75th minute to make it 2-1. The one goal game turned up the intensity from both squads until Trinidad found the net again, this time it was Cesar Escamilla feeding a streaking Oscar Rivero for the third Trojan goal. Freshman Radu Marcu wrapped up the scoring late picking up a pass from Rivero on the back post and driving it into the net. TSJC won by a final of 4-1.

On Saturday the Trojans faced Region IX foe Western Wyoming Community College from Rock Springs, Wyoming. The Trojans got off to a fast start with two quick goals by Blagojevic and Rivero, both on assists from Alan Garcia Pena. The 2-0 lead would stay on the board until midway through the second half when a corner kick from Josue Lujan floated over the defenders and was headed into the net by Rivero. Lujan would round out the scoring at the 88-minute mark when he stole the ball at the top of the box, spun and hit a left-footed rocket past the keeper. Final score was 4-0.

Things will start to get more difficult in the coming weeks as the Trojans go on the road for seven straight games before returning to Trinidad for their final two games before the playoffs. This weekend it is a pair of rematches against Region IX-South Division foes Northeastern (1-7-1) in Sterling, Colorado, 1pm kickoff, and Central Community College (2-6) in Columbus, Nebraska, at 2pm(CT).


Men’s Soccer 4-0 to start season


Oscar Rivero

Oscar Rivero heads the ball into the net early in the Trojans 8-2 win over NJC Friday evening at Central Park.

The Trojan Men’s soccer team started the year with a flourish of goals and an impressive 4-0 record. Led by sophomore captain Oscar Rivero they picked up a pair of hard fought road wins early and then opened their home schedule last weekend against Region IX opponents Northeastern Junior College and Central Community College. The Trojans heated up the nets at Central Park outscoring their opponents 13-2 over the weekend.

On Friday evening it was NJC that struck first ten minutes in when the Plainsmen swiped a pass and Carlos Dominguez hit a long, looping shot from just outside the center circle, momentarily stunning the crowd and putting Northeastern up 1-0. Trinidad responded quickly, knotting it up when Rivero headed in a perfect corner kick. It looked like the Plainsmen would reclaim the lead a minute later on a penalty kick but Trojan goalkeeper Pedro Veiga Perez dove left and knocked the ball away denying the chance. After that it was all Trojans. At the 40th minute Rivero worked the ball down field aided by a pair of nice passes from Alan Pena and Josue Lujan. Rivero fed it across the middle of the box and Saad Hissien took it out of the air and planted it into the upper right corner of the net to put the Trojans up to stay at 2-1.

Julian Padilla

Julian Padilla scores on a Trojan set play against Central CC on Saturday afternoon. The Trojans won the contest 5-0.

TSJC struck early with a pair of goals in the first five minutes of the second half. Ricardo Zacarias swiped the ball and worked it past the goalie to make it 3-1. Wesley Padgett then used his quickness to take the ball right into the box where he finessed a shot into the net. Zacarias scored again at the 62nd minute and then Alexsa Blagojevic put TSJC up 6-1 by working it down the right side and blasting a shot into the upper left corner of the net. Shawn Rusk scored on a Trojan penalty kick to make it 7-1 at the 85th minute. Late goals for each team would round out the scoring leaving the final at 8-2.

Against the Raiders from Central CC in Nebraska it was Rusk who got the scoring going cleaning up a ball that was free in the box and drilling it into the back of the net. Zacarias then put the Trojans up 2-0 when he hit a rocket from the top of the box on a ball that was punched out by the Central keeper. Midway through the half Padgett broke free right down the middle of the pitch and forced the ball past the goalie into the net. The final goal of the first half came late when Brayan Molina took a free kick from the left side and looped it to the back post where Julian Padilla was waiting to knock it into the back of the net. In the second half Rivero ended the scoring for the weekend just like he started it with a header in the box. The Trojans won 5-0 and are now 2-0 in Region play.

This week Trinidad will have a long road trip to snowy Wyoming where they will face Region IX opponents Sheridan and Northwest on Friday and Saturday. They will return home for a big week of games including a contest with #20 ranked Otero on Wednesday evening. The game is booster club appreciation night and will feature free Wendy’s hamburgers for as long as they last supplied by the Trojan Booster club. The Women’s game starts at 5p.m. followed by the men under the lights.


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All-Region Soccer Selected


Bojan Jovanovic

Bojan Jovanovic was named first team All-Region

In just their second season the Trojan soccer team fell only one goal short of playing for a chance at the region title. The Trojans finished the season with a 13-6 record finishing third in the Region IX standings. Four players were named to the All-Tournament squad.

First Team
Bojan Jovanovic - Podgorica, Montenegro
Oscar Rivero - Puerton Vallarta, Mexico

Bojan Jovanovic

Oscar Rivero was named first team All-Region

Second Team
Shawn Rusk - Thornton, Colorado
Javier De La Rosa - Westway, Texas



Honorable Mention
Tyler Wilt - Aurora, Colorado
Marian Kachelmyer - Belen, New Mexico
Miguel Gonzalez - Denver, Colorado






Men’s Soccer wins fourth straight Region IX Match


Bojan Jovanovic

TSJC’s Bojan Jovanovic takes a shot off of a corner kick against Northwest Wyoming when the two teams met in Trinidad last month. The Trojans defeated the Trappers in Powell, Wyoming this past weekend 3-2.

The weather might be cooling off but the Trojan men are heating up on the soccer pitch. Trinidad State has won four straight and are solidly in third in Region IX with two games remaining until the playoffs. The Trojans victories came against the four Wyoming schools including a 5-1 win over region leading, and #20 nationally ranked Laramie County CC.

Trinidad started their current streak with a 7-2 pasting of Western Wyoming two weeks ago. The Trojans found the net early against the Mustangs with three goals in the first 10 minutes of play as they roared out to a 6-1 halftime lead. Both teams found the net late to round out the scoring.

Against Laramie County Helton Moura got the scoring going with a goal in the ninth minute. The Trojans maintained the lead into halftime and then added on when Shawn Rusk scored on an assist from Moura early in the second half. Andrez Leyva knocked in a goal two minutes later on a free kick from the half-line. LCCC got a goal in and then the Trojans wrapped it up on a tough header by Tyler Wilt on an assist from Humberto Salazar and a Jose Hernandez goal inside the box on an assist from Cesar Escamilla. Trinidad claimed the 5-1 win.

Last weekend Trinidad State hit the road to northern Wyoming to take on Northwest College in Powell. The Trojans pulled out a tight one over the Trappers claiming the 3-2 win. On Saturday TSJC defeated Sheridan 3-0. The Trojans got goals from Moura, Marian Kachelmyer on a free kick and on a Oscar Rivero header on a corner kick.

The Trojans (10-5, 8-4) host Western Nebraska (2-11-1, 2-9-1) at noon on Friday and then wrap up regular season play against Northeastern (6-8, 5-6) on Saturday at 3 p.m. Both games will take place at Central Park. Friday will be the “Pink” match against WNCC. All are welcomed to wear pink and consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society. ACS will be setting up an informational booth and selling t-shirts for $10 during the match.


Trojan Soccer wins pair


Helton Moura Jr

– Midfielder Helton Moura Jr attempts a bicycle kick against Northwest Wyoming on Saturday. (photo – Matt “Moose” Young – TSJC)

The Trojan soccer team moved their Region record to 3-2 with victories over Sheridan and Northwest College this past weekend at Central Park. The Trojans now have wins over two teams who played at the national tournament last season.

On Friday afternoon the Trojans dominated Sheridan. Oscar Rivero got the Trojans on the board early with a nice run on goal. Brayan Molina headed a shot into the net for the Trojans second goal and Jake Walls rounded out the scoring with a long shot from the top of the box. TSJC goalkeepers Miguel Gonzalez and Jake Griego combined for the 3-0 shutout.

On Saturday the teams went scoreless in the first half. The Trojans fell behind early in the second half when Marcus Couldridge scored on a corner kick. TSJC had a couple of good attempts throughout the second half, just missing the goal and with time running out the Trappers deflected a Trojan corner kick and ran it down the field. Goalkeeper Gonzalez made a fantastic save and fired the ball back down the left side. After a couple of quick passes in transition, Tyler Wilt served a great ball to find Adrian Macias’ head tying the score 1-1 in the 85th min.

The Trojans got a game-winning goal, 2 minutes later, when sophomore Marian Kachelmyer cleaned up a Northwest defensive mistake at the top of the box. TSJC held off a late rally for the 2-1 win.

The Trojans (5-3, 3-2) will face Western Nebraska (1-4-1, 1-2-1) on Friday in Scottsbluff and Northeastern Junior College (2-3, 1-1) on Saturday. They will host Otero (4-5, 2-3) on Wednesday, October 2 at 7 p.m. at Central Park. The Trojan Booster Club will be grilling hamburgers for the fans.


Men start season 1-1

TSJC picked up a hard fought win over Pratt CC on Thursday to move their record to 1-1 on the young season.


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2013 team scrimmage

2013 Trojans at the Johnson and Wales Scrimmage



















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