Thursday, May 17, 2012

Men's Soccer Returns to Santa Monica College

The excitement is genuine for soccer players and coaches who've been deprived of the opportunity to play and train for such a long time.

According to The Corsair:
“I am happy to be one of the people to bring men’s soccer back to Santa Monica College,” said SMC President Chui L. Tsang. “We have a great tradition with the women, so I hope that men’s soccer will be just as popular as the women’s soccer.” 
According to Pierce, it took a long time to get the team back on the field because the Western States Conference wasn’t admitting any new teams. The almost 10-year-hiatus from men’s soccer was due to the team’s expulsion from the league after both a Title IX violation and a fight that the team had started.
The fact that SMC relied on the third prong — student interest — to add this sport is an added bonus:
Mike Tuitasi, SMC Vice President of Student Affairs, said that SMC is in compliance with Title IX because men’s soccer has been the most requested sport by incoming students during the application process. 
“We have a lot of students that want to play and we’re trying to provide that opportunity for them,” said Tuitasi.
Good luck, boys!

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