RIVERTON, Wyo. – Rodrigo Cercal recorded his second straight hat trick in leading the Western Nebraska Community College men’s soccer team to a 4-0 win over Central Wyoming College in Riverton, Wyoming, Saturday afternoon.
The win moves the Cougars into the Region IX playoffs and they will host a first-round match on Saturday at 1 p.m. against Trinidad State Junior College. The winner advances to the semi-finals the following weekend in Denver.
Saturday’s contest was all WNCC from the get-go. The Cougars scored three goals in the first half all from the foot of Cercal., Cercal also had a hat trick on Friday in the win over Northwest College.
Cercal’s first goal came off a cross from Washington Alves who fed Paul Cerros. Cerros then crossed the ball to Cercal for the goal.
The second goal was similar with another cross. Cerros crossed the ball to Cercal for the 2-0 lead.
Cercal got the hat trick later in the first half Saugat Rai and Gabriel Santos delivered the assists. The last pass went from Rai into the box and Cercal put the ball into the back of the net for the 3-0 halftime lead.
WNCC kept dominating in the second half as head coach Todd Rasnic said he played everyone in the half. Yael Armenta got the Cougars’ fourth goal off an assist from Cerros, who fed the ball into the box.
WNCC had 20 shots in the contest to just seven for the Rustlers. The Cougars also had 11 corner kicks to just three for Central.
WNCC, 7-5-2, will look to keep the offense going as they head into the playoffs next Saturday at 1 p.m.