Lake Tahoe CC men’s soccer shines during spring tournaments |

Lake Tahoe CC men’s soccer shines during spring tournaments

Anthony Gentile

The Lake Tahoe Community College men's soccer team is using its spring season to gain experience in advance of the 2015 campaign — and has delivered impressive results in the process. The Coyotes traveled to tournaments in Northern California each of the past two weekends, and brought home the championship from Dominican University of California last Saturday.

"Spring season is a time to rebuild the team and look for the future," Coyotes head coach Ben Wade said. "Probably the most positive thing that has come out of the last few weeks is to see a backbone of freshmen emerge — we have great hopes that next year will be another stellar year for our soccer program."

Last weekend, the Coyotes' outgoing sophomores brought home a championship from a tournament at Dominican University in San Rafael, Calif. that featured several NCAA Div. II schools. LTCC went unbeaten in six games en route to the title, outscoring its opponents 24-12 — it won 5-3 in the semifinals and prevailed 3-2 to win the championship.

"It was great and deserving for the sophomores go out winning a championship — they steamrolled through the entire competition," Wade said. "They are very special to me and I'm going to miss them next year."

On April 11, Lake Tahoe took three teams to a tournament at San Francisco State University. Against Bay Area competition, the Coyotes' sophomore team lost in the championship while each of LTCC's freshman teams won their consolation games to finish third and fifth, respectively.

Lake Tahoe's third and final tournament of the spring season will take place on its home turf Saturday. The Coyotes will host the first Lake Tahoe Community College men's soccer showcase and tournament, which the action running from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.