Snow Soccer Teams Post Conference Wins

Don't forget to like and share! 🙂
Snow midfielder Tanner Browning defends Western Wyoming forward Mike Wolken during in a game won by the Badgers, 2-1, on Tuesday, Sept. 24. Photo by: Matt Harris

Snow midfielder Tanner Browning defends Western Wyoming forward Mike Wolken during in a game won by the Badgers, 2-1, on Tuesday, Sept. 24. Photo by: Matt Harris

Snow College Soccer has impressed the nation far earlier than anyone expected, as the women’s team has achieved a national ranking at No. 20, while the men’s team is working to improve.

The Badger men’s team struggled mightily against a talented team from Salt Lake Community College (SLCC), a far more established program in the state, dropping both matches against the Bruins by scores of 1-0 and 4-3 during the weekend of Sept. 23. The latter loss on Saturday came in spite of a brilliant effort by freshman forward Ueslei Silva, who scored two goals in the effort.

The Lady Badgers were able to stay toe-to-toe with SLCC, as they drew in both matches by scores of 0-0 and 1-1. No one could establish an offensive rhythm in the first match on Friday, but it was a different story the next day. The Lady Badgers were able to establish a lead early in their second match, but allowed a goal in the 86th minute for the tie.

“I felt we played very well against a top team,” Snow Head Coach Nuno Gourgel says. “We should be proud, hold our heads high, and use this as a learning opportunity.”

Snow women’s soccer rebounded nicely from the weekend’s disappointing results by sweeping Western Wyoming Community College, 4-1 and 2-1, much to the pleasure of Gourgel. “We did not play great but our talent allowed us to pull away,” Gourgel says. “I am grateful to be able to get a win and rest players.”

Gourgel was not as optimistic about the men’s effort, although the Badgers won, 2-1. Often, the Badgers caught breaks on defense against a hustling Mustangs team. The scoring difference came from two wonderfully fed opportunities to Snow forward Xayvion Harris.

“Western Wyoming was the better team,” Gourgel says. “However, two good finishes from [Harris] helped us escape from a loss.”

The Badgers next traveled to Utah-State Eastern, who sported a No. 17-ranked women’s team.

While the men’s team struggled against yet another established program, losing their match, 3-2, and getting rained out of the rematch, the Lady Badgers had a triumphant moment.

Playing a ranked team for the first time this season, Snow defender Kassidy Barker nailed a goal in overtime to seal a victory for Snow College, a milestone in this inaugural soccer season.

“The ladies worked very hard,” Gourgel says. “Hopefully, this will build us some momentum and help us win games in the conference playoffs.”

The Badgers next face the College of Southern Nevada to complete a long road trip, after which they return to Ephraim to face Colorado Northwestern Community College on Thursday, Oct. 13.

Be first to comment

Solve : *
15 ⁄ 3 =