A combined Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig and Colorado Mountain College Alpine club co-ed soccer team fell to the University of Wyoming, 3-1, in Laramie, Wyo., on Oct. 17 to finish its first season of competition.
Tied until two minutes before the half, Wyoming broke the tie to lead 1-0. Wyoming scored two more goals in the second half to pick up the victory.
"In the first half we were just getting to know each other because we were combined for the first time this season," said CNCC-Craig coach Bill Sawer. "In the second half we had a couple of goals called back because of offsides. We played them a lot closer. Wyoming also took us more serious in the second half because they didn't want to lose at home. The Cowboys are a bigger team and they had more depth."
Coach Sawer commended Javier Contrearas, Raul Sanchez, Amanda Gray and Jose Quesada for their efforts in the match.
"We had 15 players out this year and I asked the players to bring one friend to the team next year and that would make a total of 30 players," said Sawer. "If we had 30 players out for the team that would add more depth and we would have more people to travel with. This year was a good experience for us and we hope to continue to get better each year."
In its first year the CNCC-Craig soccer boasted a tie for second place in the Colorado State Community College championships and had four wins during the year.
"CNCC is pleased with the first season ever for Craig campus soccer and is looking forward to watching the team's reputation grow," said CNCC-Craig Vice President Dean Hollenbeck. "I believe CNCC will be a strong contender for recognition statewide next year. Our Craig campus team and Coach Sawer worked very hard and discovered a great deal of talent in our students this season."