Mens soccer finishes fourth in the nation after successful bid in tournament

While they came up short on their bid to become national champions, Vince Gibson, head coach of the Laramie County Community College men’s soccer team, said winning the first game of the national tournament and ending fourth in the nation far exceeded expectations.
Of the 12 years that Gibson has been coaching here, he said that this year’s team is in his top 3. The team ended up winning all of their conference games during a 10-game winning streak.
“We were kind of building up to this,” Gibson said in an interview about the team’s year-end success.
The team finished the season on Nov. 22 with a loss to Eastern Florida State College in the tournament. Gibson’s already looking to next year.
Gibson mentioned that this team led the nation in taking shots, but putting the shots in the net is a different story.
“We have got to put shots away,” said Gibson. “You can lead country all you want. If you are not putting the goals away, then it doesn’t matter.”
Gibson also hopes to address team defense. Gibson said that they had 30 goals scored on them: The goal is to get down to 12 or less.
During the national tournament, Gibson said that they had played four games within five days and only had one day of rest, a grueling test for any sport, let alone the demanding running soccer takes.
When asked about what they could have done differently, Gibson said that he brought the issue of time up to the attention of the chairman of the National Junior College Athletic Association.
“It is just too many games for any human to do with a 90+ minute game for four out of five days,” said Gibson.
Gibson was meeting with his players last week to figure out who will stay and who will leave. He’s already thinking about another run at the national title next year.

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