Championship rematch lives up to hype |

Championship rematch lives up to hype

With supporting chants, loud cheers and hoarse strategy calls as a backdrop, the rematch of last year Soccer league championship lived up to expectations and produced the tightest score so far this season.

The 1-1 tie between Valle de Ameca and Toluca, the lowest result of a match during this high-scoring campaign – with and average of almost six goals a game – made a lot of people reflect on what the Lake Tahoe Soccer League has to face for the remainder of the season.

“We still need better playing fields,” said Oscar Martinez, who had just coached his Puebla to victory over Marseille.

“It’s a shame that all the effort put into this league could result into somebody getting injured due to the poor conditions of the field,” added Martinez.

He was referring to the lack of availability of playing fields. The Lake Tahoe Soccer League consists of nine teams playing twice a week on the same field at Bijou School. The popularity of the sport, mainly among the Hispanic community, caused the league to turn down five teams hopeful of joining this season.

The strong enforcement of rules has made the play more exciting and every game is an event that people of all ages make the effort to attend and certainly be part of.

“We are making improvements,” said Guy D’Angelo, whose Marseille team fell to Puebla 4-2 in the early game.

“But the city spends money to keep decent playing fields in all other sports and has failed to support the enhancement of the league. Hopefully, our efforts will have an impact toward further development in the future,” concluded the only player-coach in the league.

There will be four more games this weekend. On Saturday, Atlas will face locals’ favorite Buenavista, and in what shapes up to be the game of the week, defending champion Valle de Ameca will face high-scoring, hard- hitting Tahoe Mutiny.

Puebla vs. Mundo Latino and Aztec Warriors against Marseille round up the schedule. All games will be played at Bijou starting at 5 p.m.

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