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UBCO soccer inks talented and offensive high school recruit

UBCO soccer recruit Giovanni Carida lines up his shot on the turf during high school action from earlier this year. The Vancouver player has committed to the UBCO Heat program for 2013. - Contributed
UBCO soccer recruit Giovanni Carida lines up his shot on the turf during high school action from earlier this year. The Vancouver player has committed to the UBCO Heat program for 2013.
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The UBC Okanagan men’s soccer program continues to add high level prospects to its stable of players for the 2013 season.

Giovanni Carida, a two-time AAA high school provincial champion, has elected to join the Heat when he graduates from Dr. Charles Best Secondary in Coquitlam this spring.

Men;s soccer coach Dante Zanatta says Carida  “is the type of player that I’m looking for in the fact that he is skillful and understands the game, and possession, and is technically very good,” he said. “Bringing in these skilled players lets us spend more time on tactics and how to win,”

At 5-foot-10, Carida has split time on his club and high school teams as a midfielder, and as a striker with a knack for scoring. He was the leading goal scorer in the 2012 Puma Pacific Tournament and has been the leading goal getter as captain of his high school soccer team.

Currently featured as a both a centre attacking midfielder and a forward, is expected to play the same role for the Heat.

“Because of his technical ability, he could play numerous positions,” added Zanatta. “Where he will end up finishing his five years at UBC Okanagan, whether in the midfield or in the attacking striking role, will still be determined, but he is the type of player that when he has the opportunity…he can finish.”

Along with his skills and strengths on the field, the incoming freshman “hopes to bring leadership, [a] positive attitude, and contribute to the team’s success,” he said.

Carida has put together quite an impressive soccer resume. Along with winning high school championships in 2012 and 2010, he has won two national bronze medals and competes in the Coquitlam Metro Ford league that coach Zanatta indicates “produces a lot of good soccer players”, and is a “very good system.”

“Qualifying for Nationals in 2009 and 2011 were the highlights of my soccer career,” said Carida. "Scoring the game winner in 2009 versus Quebec to send our team to the national semi-finals was definitely a significant highlight for me.”

Carida is the third recruit already inked by Zanatta, who has really jumped on the recruiting path in preparation for his third season with the Heat. UBCO has signed two skilled midfielders and one athletic keeper and the snow is still on the turf here on campus.

“With Alex Lazazzera and now Gio we are looking at skilled players who are coming in to continue to build the program and the type of soccer we want to play, a maintain position and manipulate the ball in proper areas and score,” explained Zanatta.

Michael Sexton from OKM, another provincial championship team has also been brought onboard.

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