Four Lake Tahoe CC women’s soccer local products sign with NAIA programs; Carroll inks with Martin Methodist
LTCC women’s soccer at the next level
Brianna Carroll, Martin Methodist Coll.
Fatima Garcia, Midway Univ.
Minerva Sanchez, Midway Univ.
Alexis Villanueva, Midway Univ.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Four of the Lake Tahoe Community College women’s soccer program’s hometown products made signing with four-year programs worth the wait. Coyotes sophomores Brianna Carroll, Fatima Garcia, Minerva Sanchez and Alexis Villanueva put pen to paper during a late-season ceremony July 21.
The four South Lake Tahoe natives are the first from the 2015 team to take the next step in their careers on the pitch — and all are heading to the South. Carroll signed with Martin Methodist College, an NAIA program in Pulaski, Tennessee, while Garcia, Sanchez and Villanueva inked with Midway University, an NAIA program in Midway, Kentucky.
Carroll had three goals and two assists in each of her two seasons at LTCC — as a sophomore in 2015, she started 16 games and played in a number of spots for the Coyotes aside from her natural outside midfield position. Lake Tahoe head coach Jeremy Evans said Carroll was one of the team’s key players last season.
“Bri’s versatility and willingness to play multiple positions allowed us to navigate a college schedule with limited depth,” Evans said. “Now that she is moving on, I feel she will really thrive being able to play in her natural position as an outside midfielder; her athleticism and ability to play with both feet will ensure her success at the next level.”
For the defensive midfielder Garcia and attacking midfielder Villanueva, the decision was as much about continuing their education as it was their soccer careers. Both are pursuing nursing degrees, and Midway offered the rare opportunity for them to play sports while doing so.
“Fatima and Alexis found the right fit in Midway and their new coach is excited to bring them aboard,” Evans said. “Alexis provided some offensive boost for us last year and that should carry on at Midway, while Fatima’s awareness and knowledge of the game will serve her well there.”
Sanchez also signed with the Kentucky school, after a sophomore season in which she scored two goals in 16 appearances with LTCC. Evans said the midfielder is one of the more coachable players he’s had during his years coaching soccer.
“Minerva loves the game, wants to get better, and was one of the more committed players I had during the spring,” Evans said.
“I couldn’t be happier for a group of girls than I am for these three,” he added. “All three should represent LTCC well at Midway.”
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