Casper College’s inaugural seasons in men’s and women’s soccer reached a new high point Monday, with the women’s team joining the men’s team in the latest National Junior College Athletics Association Top 25 rankings.
The Thunderbirds’ women’s team (6-2-4), which tied Western Nebraska Community College on Friday before upsetting then-No. 3 Laramie County Community College on Saturday, is ranked No. 18 while the men’s team moved to No. 9 in the rankings.
The women’s team is 4-0-4 since a 2-0 defeat at Laramie County CC on April 10. Freshman Sydney Hiatt continues to pace the T-Birds with nine goals, followed by Sophia Henely and Abigail Tapia with three apiece. Sophomore goalkeeper Karla Gaytan (Worland) has seven shutouts on the season and is seventh in the country with a .896 save percentage.
The men’s team (9-1-0) has won seven consecutive games and has already clinched the top seed for the upcoming Region IX tournament.
The T-Birds are No. 10 in the junior college ranks with 33 goals on the season and No. 8 with 30 assists. Jesper van Halderen leads a balanced offensive attack with seven goals, followed by Kevin Tauzia with four, Keita Chochi, Jack Pascoe, Danny Diaz (Natrona County) and Cristian Gonzalez with three.
Freshman keeper Konnor Macy (Worland) has a 0.66 goals against average in seven starts and has a save percentage of .879, which is 10th in the country.