UCSB Hosts Successful AYSO Skills Day

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – For the third consecutive year, the UC Santa Barbara 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)."

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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. For more information on these outreach programs and to sign up, click here

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. To purchase your tickets, visit the Athletics Ticket Office in the ICA Building, call (805) 893-UCSB or click here

The UCSB men will return home on Sept. 7 to host Valparaiso at 7:30 p.m. at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. To ensure that you don't miss a minute of the 2012 campaign, purchase your season tickets now. The popular Family Plan includes five tickets for just $178. This year, the plan will also serve as a Flex Plan with either two season passes and three GKids memberships or five tickets – it's your call! GKids remains the best value in town for kids with access to every regular season game in every sport while wearing your GKids t-shirt. Call (805) 893-UCSB or click here to purchase your season tickets.