Fledgling Snow soccer teams continue to dazzle

Fledgling Snow soccer teams continue to dazzle


Matt Harris

Staff writer



RANGELY, CO—The Snow College men’s and women’s soccer teams each are still undefeated in their inaugural seasons after they both won against Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC) in a four-game trip last Thursday and Friday.

Both teams played CNCC twice in two days, and all four matches resulted in victories for the Badgers as the men’s team won by scores of 3-1 and 5-1. The women’s team dazzled beyond comparison as they scored an absolutely mind-bending 30 goals combined between both of their matches in a dominating pair of victories, 13-0 and 17-0.

So one-sided were the Lady Badgers over the Lady Spartans that CNCC only managed to post stats at all in just one category, saves, as Snow recorded a blistering 60 shots on goal in the first game and 51 in the second game. CNCC recorded over 20 saves per game, while Snow shared scoring duties between 13 different players, more than half the team.

CNCC, like Snow, began their soccer program this year, but with far less preparation, as the team was assembled not long before the season began. They are now 0-4 on the season, allowing over 10 goals in every game.

“I think it’s just awesome,” Snow Captain Rhyan Tafoya says. “It’s fair to say that [CNCC] has got a lot to work on, but the result just goes to show that our team never stops fighting.”

While the Lady Badgers enjoyed a huge boost in season stats, the men’s team enjoyed convincing victories of their own.

The Badgers started their first game going behind early when the first goal of the game was scored by Spartan forward Jesus Cezares just after the third minute. The Badgers responded to the challenge in no time at all when Snow forward Luis Miguel scored the Badgers’ first goal of the match less than 30 seconds later.

From there, it was all Snow as they scored another two goals in the second half by Miguel and team captain Ulises Acosta. Miguel played a perfect offensive game, scoring two goals on two shots.

The second game was never in doubt. The Badgers scored two goals, courtesy of Ueslei Silva and Connor Buehner, before CNCC’s Cezares scored. After that, Snow ran away with it as defender Miguel Raygoza scored one goal and assisted in another to Tanner Browning, and another goal was scored by center Jerry Cota.

Coach Nuno Gourgel, not one to get overexcited, expressed a sense of realism in reaction to the game results. “CNCC were a team that started their recruiting process very late and that showed during our games,” Gourgel says. “Although I am happy that we won, I told my players that they should not use the game this weekend as [an example of] the challenges we face ahead of us.”

Far more on the mind of Gourgel is what’s coming up next. The Badgers soccer teams are finally playing their home opener this Friday and Saturday with back-to-back games against a very talented Salt Lake CC rival squad.

“[Salt Lake] will be a very talented team and one that will push us to our limits,” Gourgel says. “However, I have a lot of belief in our players and feel that this is a great opportunity for us to test ourselves against a top opponent.”

The Snow women will play at 2 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday. The men will follow at 4 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday. The games will be held at the Ephraim City Sports Complex.