CNCC men’s soccer returns for 3rd year, college calls off women’s season
Colorado Northwestern Community College 2018 men's soccer seasonNoon Aug. 26 — Pratt Community College; Pratt, Kansas1 p.m. Aug. 27 — Northeastern Junior College; Sterling5 p.m. Aug. 30 — Gillette College; Gillette, Wyoming3 p.m. Sept. 1 — Western Nebraska Community College; Scottsbluff, Nebraska1 p.m. Sept. 2 — Northwest College; Powell, Wyoming3 p.m. Sept. 7 — Salt Lake Community College; Craig1 p.m. Sept. 8 — Salt Lake Community College; Craig3 p.m. Sept. 14 — Snow College; Ephraim, Utah1 p.m. Sept. 15 — Snow College; Ephraim, Utah3 p.m. Sept. 21 — College of Southern Nevada; Henderson, Nevada1 p.m. Sept. 22 — College of Southern Nevada; Henderson, Nevada10 a.m. Oct. 5 — Utah State University Eastern; Craig10 a.m. Oct. 6 — Utah State University Eastern; Craig3 p.m. Oct. 11 — Salt Lake Community College; Salt Lake City, Utah1 p.m. Oct. 13 — Snow College; Craig3 p.m. Oct. 18 — Utah State University Eastern; Price, Utah1 p.m. Oct. 20 — College of Southern Nevada; CraigOct. 25 to 27 — Region 18 Conference Tournament; TBD
The Spartans are coming out fighting for a third season as Colorado Northwestern Community College soccer begins its schedule, though there will be significant changes this fall with only one of the two teams competing.
CNCC has suspended the season for women’s soccer following low recruitment, with no players from the previous year rejoining the squad and few athletes signing during the spring and summer.
Athletic Director Tony Stone said that those difficulties, coupled with women’s coach Kevin Hurtado opting to take a new position with La Junta’s Otero Junior College, led the school to call off the season and refocus efforts on recruiting for a full year.
Stone noted that Hurtado did not leave the program until it became apparent the women’s season would not be happening.
“Of course, this was a pretty daunting task and sometimes the challenge and pressure of this kind of situation is not ideal for some,” Stone said, adding that CNCC plans to field both men’s and women’s teams in 2019.
As for the men, the season is off and running under new coach Doug Seigle, who began in the post Aug. 1, moving right into practice sessions.
CNCC held its first competition of the fall Friday, hosting a scrimmage at Loudy-Simpson Park against Western Wyoming Community College, with the Spartans falling 2-0.
“We lost but today I saw a lot of good things,” Seigle said. “I think we were our own worst enemy, and if we just clean up our mistakes, we’ll be good to go for this year. We’ve got a few issues, but it’s a good group of guys and they just need to learn to be comfortable with each other and make adjustments to play our best soccer.”
Seigle most recently coached at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska. As a player, he was an All-American goalkeeper at Wisconsin’s Viterbo University and also played on multiple indoor and outdoor pro teams, including the Kansas City Wizards farm team.
A fast introduction to the program and the Craig campus has kept Seigle busy, though he foresees a good season as he continues to get to know athletes.
“They’re almost all freshmen, and we’re all at a starting point, so we’ll just build from there,” he said.
CNCC will travel for games in Kansas, Wyoming and Nebraska to round out the month before starting Scenic West Athletic Conference play in September.
Stone likewise is new to CNCC, beginning June 1 as the AD, most recently at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana, having also coached softball at Montana State University. Working at both the Rangely and Craig campuses, he said he hopes to continue to develop sports programs in Craig as well as the multiple teams that have been part of Rangely’s campus.
“I’d anticipated a little bit more difficulty logistically, but it hasn’t really been there,” he said. “The recreation department has been phenomenal, the Craig campus phenomenal.”
Craig Parks and Recreation will host Movie in the Park Thursday, July 18 at Breeze Street Park with a showing of “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.”