WNCC soccer players earn South All-region honors, Rasnic named South Coach of the Year

WNCC soccer players earn South All-region honors, Rasnic named South Coach of the Year

                The Western Nebraska Community College men's soccer team garnered five players on the South All-region team that was announced recently while head coach Todd Rasnic was named the South Coach of the Year.

                Rasnic guided the Cougar men to a 9-6 record this past season before falling in the first round of the Region IX playoffs to Laramie County Community College 1-0. LCCC would go on to win the Region IX title.

                Rasnic just completed his 14th season as the men's soccer coach and has guided the team to a school record 12-6 record two years ago. In the last five years, Rasnic has a 42-26-3 record.

                While Rasnic earned the South Coach of the Year honors, four Cougars earned South All-region first team honors while another earned South second team honors.

                Silvio Xavier, who signed last week with Bethel University in Kentucky, and Ramses Atahualpa each earned First Team South all-region honors as forwards. Xavier finished last season with eight goals and five assists, while Atahualpa finished with eight goals and 10 assists.

                Also nabbing first team honors as Thomas Franze as a midfielder. Franze, a sophomore, finished the season with one goal and four assists.

                Earning First Team South defender honors was freshman Vinixous Viana.

                WNCC's Daniel Matty, a freshman, earned second team South All-region for a defender.

                Other members of the First Team include forwards Jean Carre of NJC and Marcus Horwood of Central-Columus; midfielders Arturo Chairez of Otero, Dani Van Steijn of NJC, and Hakim Williams of Trinidad; defenders Gaetan Garcia of NJC, Isaiah Alexander of Otero, and Ronaldo Watson of Trnidad; and goalkeeper Petar Pesic of Otero.

                Second team South All-region players include forwards Diego Garrido of Otero, Christopher Badibengi and Iahleel Cunningham of Trinidad, Maurice Von Winkler of NJC, and Luis Tovar of CCC-Columbus; midfielders Bryson Chiles and Sebastian Garcia of Otero, Quenstin Hornung of NJC, and Peterson Costa of CCC-Columbus; defenders Alexandro Ayala and Jesse Flores of Otero, and Pim con Zoest of NJC; and goalkeeper Luc Denisselle of NJC.

                NJC's Carre, a sophomore, earned South Most Valuable Player honors while Freshman of the Year was shared between Otero's Bryson Chiles and NJC's Luc Denisselle.