Men’s Soccer 4-0 to start season
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 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 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.
Bojan Jovanovic - Podgorica, Montenegro
Oscar Rivero - Puerton Vallarta, Mexico
Oscar Rivero was named first team All-Region
Shawn Rusk - Thornton, Colorado
Javier De La Rosa - Westway, Texas
Tyler Wilt - Aurora, Colorado
Marian Kachelmyer - Belen, New Mexico
Miguel Gonzalez - Denver, Colorado
Men’s Soccer wins fourth straight Region IX Match
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
– 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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