Trojans head into playoffs

10/23/14

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

10/16/14

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

9/24/14

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

9/11/14

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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2013 Highlights

5/7/13

All-Region Soccer Selected

12/10/13

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
Midfielder:
Bojan Jovanovic - Podgorica, Montenegro
Defender:
Oscar Rivero - Puerton Vallarta, Mexico

Bojan Jovanovic

Oscar Rivero was named first team All-Region

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Men’s Soccer wins fourth straight Region IX Match

10/17/13

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

9/23/13

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.

8/29/13

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TSJC vs Adams State (scrimmage)

8/24/13

2013 team scrimmage

2013 Trojans at the Johnson and Wales Scrimmage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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