Transfers complete Lake Tahoe CC women’s soccer 2016 recruiting class; 17 newcomers to play for Coyotes |

Transfers complete Lake Tahoe CC women’s soccer 2016 recruiting class; 17 newcomers to play for Coyotes

Anthony Gentile

The Lake Tahoe Community College women’s soccer program recently completed its 2016 recruiting class with a pair of junior college transfers. The Coyotes’ class features 17 newcomers that will join 10 returning players from last season’s team.

Goalkeeper Yami Jimenez Ojeda is coming to LTCC from Phoenix College (Arizona), where she was an all-conference selection as a freshman in 2014. Ojeda is the program’s single-season record holder with 10 shutouts and a 0.88 goals against average; she stepped away from the game in 2015.

“Yami’s reputation precedes her in a way perhaps no other recruits in this class does,” Coyotes head coach Jeremy Evans said. “She was one of the top keepers in one of the top conferences in the country in 2014, and after taking a year off, she is ready to become one of the top keepers in Northern California.

“Goalkeeper play was erratic for us last season, and our consistency at that position was lacking despite some real quality at times from our keepers. Adding Yami from one of the great JC programs is a coup at this stage of the recruiting season and ensures we will have consistency and quality at the most important position on the field.”

Midfielder/forward Gabby Gonzalez played at Northwest Wyoming College in 2014, and the Las Vegas native started every game for the Trappers. The former Shadow Ridge High standout had five goals and five assists during her freshman season at Northwest Wyoming.

“Gabby’s pace and attacking ability are major assets, and there is no doubt in my mind she will be one of the top players in our conference,” Evans said. “Her versatility and ability to play well at multiple positions will allow our team to play with different formations and be productive at any of them.

“She’s also eager to get back on the field after a year away, and she’s yet another talented player we’re getting from Vegas. She’s a major, major talent that will turn heads in our conference.”

Lake Tahoe opens its 2016 campaign Aug. 19 with an exhibition game at Div. II San Francisco State. The Coyotes’ regular season opener is scheduled for Aug. 27 at home against Cosumnes River College (Sacramento, Calif.).

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