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Lake Tahoe CC men’s soccer celebrates conference title; Jirbandey wins MVP

Anthony Gentile
agentile@tahoedailytribune.com
The Lake Tahoe Community College men’s soccer team with the hardware it brought home for winning the Golden Valley Conference championship. The Coyotes begin the CCCAA NorCal regional playoffs Saturday at home.
Anthony Gentile / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

In its first season, the Lake Tahoe Community College men’s soccer team delivered the Golden Valley Conference championship.

The Coyotes’ quality was further reflected when the conference handed out its individual awards following the regular season — nine LTCC players were named all-conference performers, and eight made the academic all-conference team.

Sophomore defender Josh Jirbandey took home the conference’s Most Valuable Player award. The Coyotes’ captain finished the regular season with a team-high 25 points — eight goals and nine assists — while leading the team from the back line.

Jirbandey made first team all-conference along with sophomore midfielder Soeren Gelbrecht, sophomore midfielder Ali Giammattei, sophomore defender Jordan Potts and sophomore midfielder Mauricio Torrealba. Second team selections included freshman forward Jerrell Cato, sophomore defender Ross Gray, sophomore defender Alex Staines and freshman midfielder Carlos Trujeque — a South Tahoe High graduate.

Eight LTCC players made the academic all-conference team. Sophomore midfielder Hector Hernandez, sophomore forward Jarryd McKellar and sophomore forward Otto Sekandagu earned a spot on the squad along with Gelbrecht, Giammattei, Gray, Staines and Torrealba.

Lake Tahoe (13-4-3) finished the regular season 12th in the CCCAA state rankings.

The Coyotes earned the sixth seed in Northern California, and host 11th-seeded Santa Rosa Junior College (10-5-5) in the first round of the NorCal Regional playoffs Saturday at 2 p.m. — tickets are $10 general admission, $7 for students with ID and free for kids 12 and under.


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