Lake Tahoe CC men’s soccer helps South Lake Tahoe’s AYSO youth league kick off season |

Lake Tahoe CC men’s soccer helps South Lake Tahoe’s AYSO youth league kick off season

Anthony Gentile
Local AYSO youth soccer players kick the ball around with members of the Lake Tahoe Community College men’s soccer team during the league’s Soccer Fun Day on Aug. 8 at Al Tahoe Play Field.
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Local youth soccer players kicked off their upcoming campaign in style, and did so with the help of the Lake Tahoe Community College men’s soccer team. South Lake Tahoe’s AYSO Region 282 league held a Soccer Fun Day on Aug. 8 at the Al Tahoe Play Field, and nearly 400 players took to the pitch to celebrate the start of the season.

“It went amazing; the turnout was incredible,” AYSO volunteer coordinator Allison Leach said. “We wanted to make more of a ceremony of it and give the chance for kids and coaches to connect, start kicking the ball and play some fun games.”

Of the 700 players registered for AYSO soccer this fall, a little more than half came out for the event. And they took the field alongside nearly 50 Coyotes’ players that played games and provided instructions throughout the morning.

“We always impress on the guys that they are beacons in the community, and it’s important for us to go out and support local soccer,” Coyotes assistant coach Nick Arbelaez said. “The guys had a great time, the AYSO players were hopefully inspired and we all had fun.”

“They were playing with the kids, asking how they could help, talking with the parents and showing off their skills — that was the most impressive part,” Leach added.

When Leach initially contacted LTCC men’s head coach Ben Wade, he was more than happy to have players from the Coyotes’ nationally-ranked team attend the event. Wade said he would like to see a greater partnership between LTCC, local club soccer and AYSO in the future.

“It is important for our men’s soccer players — many of whom are local as well as international — to become a part of this community,” Wade said.

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