September 9, 2011

Daniel scores goal in second half of 3-1 loss
By Jonathan Seib Journal-Advocate sports reporter

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. -- They scored their first goal ever in conference play. The Northeastern Junior College Plainsmen soccer team looked liked a very different team than the one that lost 7-0 to Laramie Community College just one week ago.

Unfortunately the Western Wyoming Mustangs were still able to come up with three goals.

The Plainsmen found an offense in the final minutes of the game and showed that they have the potential to be a solid team in the very near future.

Michael Daniel scored the goal on the Mustangs in the 87' of the second half when Scotty Wheelock -- the outside midfielder from Sidney, Neb. -- saw an open lane and sent the ball over to Daniel. The freshman from Thornton then got a good touch on it and sent it by the Mustangs goalie.

Daniel scored the first goal ever for the Plainsmen against Western Texas.

The Plainsmen defense also came forward with an incredible performance. Coming off that blow out loss, the team was aggressive and did well keeping the ball cleared back with the wind in their faces through the first half. They were under heavy pressure the whole time as the wind kept the ball pinned on the Plainsmen's side and the team was only able to take one shot on goal.

Despite that, the Plainsmen ended up taking 13 total shots with five on goal in the contest.

The Mustangs took 30 total shots with 14 coming on goal. Trevor Shepherd had most of those saves for the Plainsmen.

Taylor Egbert scored two of the three goals for Western, the first at the 20' mark and the second in the 77' in the second half.

He also had the assist on Devin King's goal in the first half.

The Plainsmen drop to 0-2 in conference play while the win puts Western at 2-1. Their loss came against Otero.

The Plainsmen did get their first win over the weekend when they took down Lamar Community College, a club team, 6-1 on Sept. 3.

They will face Northwest Kansas Technical College on Wednesday, Sept. 14, in Sterling on the north campus of Northeastern Junior College.