For the third consecutive year, the UCSB soccer programs teamed up with local American Youth Soccer Organization Region 122 for AYSO Skills Day. This year’s event, which was held at UCSB’s Storke Field on Saturday, Aug. 25, drew over 1,500 AYSO players, families and coaches.
The event was presented free of charge to all AYSO players, coaches and families that chose to attend. Throughout the day, the UCSB soccer players participated in skills training with AYSO players and coaches also had a chance to attend a free clinic. Additionally, AYSO players received autographs from the Gaucho student-athletes and had their faces painted.
“Skills Day this past Saturday was a tremendous success,” head men’s soccer coach Tim Vom Steeg said. “We had over 60 men’s and women’s soccer players take part in the different clinics we had, but we think there was over 1,500 kids and families out (there).”
Both the women and men’s soccer programs at UCSB participate in extensive community outreach activities throughout the year, including the Gaucho Guest Coaching Program.
The women’s soccer team will be back in action on Friday, Aug. 31 when they host Indiana at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium in a 7 p.m. match-up.
The UCSB men will return home on Sept. 7 to host Valparaiso at 7:30 p.m. at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.