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Sierra College hosts three soccer camps

By: Auburn Journal staff
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Sierra College women’s soccer coach Jason Gantt is the camp director for this year’s three sessions of the Sierra College Co-ed Wolverine Soccer Camp.

The camp, which is open to both boy and girl players ages 6-14, will be held in three sessions at Sierra’s Rocklin campus: July 20-23, July 27-30 and Aug. 3-6, from 9 a.m. to noon.

“We’re hoping for a good turnout in all three sessions,” Gantt said. “It’s a good time for players getting ready for the upcoming season to work on their fundamentals and get their games tuned up.”

Under Gantt, Sierra’s women’s program has developed into a state junior college power. In 2013, the Lady Wolverines went 11-1-2 in winning their first Big 8 title, where the team just missed making the state’s final four by one match. Last season, Sierra was 14-7-3 and advanced to the third round of the state playoffs.

Gantt will be assisted at the camp by his coaching staff and current and former players.

As for this upcoming season, Gantt is once again predicting good things for his women’s program.

Expected to be in uniform when the Wolverines open their season in August are sophomores Taylor Cirksena and Elle Gollnick of Del Oro, Sophie Satterlee from Colfax and Chloe Breckenridge and Mikayla English out of Whitney.

“We have another real tough schedule this year but that’s how you challenge your program,” Gantt said.

Gantt’s team will open at the Ventura College tournament Aug. 27-29 where they will

play Cypress and Ventura. The Wolverines then open their home season with a Sept. 4 match against Feather River.

Other non-conference foes include Lake Tahoe College, Mendocino, Shasta and perennial power Fresno City on Sept. 11 in Rocklin. Sierra then opens Big 8 Conference play at Cosumnes River on Sept. 23.

Gantt will be using his coaching staff and players to help with his co-ed camps and clinics that will run in late July and August.

The Monday through Thursday camps will feature dribbling with focus on one-on-one moves and turns. The camps will also have segments on passing, shooting, receiving and combination play.

The Goalkeeper/Striker Camp will feature special work with strikers shooting from distance, finishing in the 18-yard area and finishing off crosses and ball striking. Goalkeepers will focus on basic handling, shot stopping, cross balls and diving.

An advanced player camp is also set for players ages 8-13 from 9 a.m. to noon on July 27-30. Cost for the camps is $110. To register visit sccommed.org and browse classes to summer sports camps. For more information, call (916) 781-6280.

In addition, another four-day camp is planned Aug. 17-20 from 5 to 8 p.m. each day.