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Ferreira, Vermillion help Gauchos to a national title

Corey Vermillion and Joey Ferreira were used to winning on the high school level. Now the former South Tahoe High School grads are becoming accustomed to winning on the collegiate level.

Ferreira was named tournament MVP and Vermillion recorded the game-winning penalty kick in the final as they led the University of California, Santa Barbara men’s club soccer team to the NIRSA Collegiate Club Championship on Saturday in Pensacola, Fla.

The Gauchos, who advanced to the national quarterfinals last year, defeated Texas Tech in a penalty-kick shootout 4-1 in the championship. The two teams were tied 0-0 after regulation.

Vermillion, a 2005 STHS grad, scored two goals in the games leading up to the finals, while Ferreira’s stellar play throughout the tournament earned him MVP honors in the 16-team event.

Vermillion notched the team’s game-winning penalty kick in UCSB’s 4-1 shootout win over the Red Raiders. The Gauchos defeated Vanderbilt 1-0 in the first round, Weber State 1-0 in the quarterfinals and Illinois 5-3 in a shootout in the semifinals.

Vermillion and Ferreira helped lead the STHS Vikings to the 2003 Nevada 4A state championship.

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