Alex Lazazzera from Notre Dame Regional has committed to the UBC Okanagan Heat men’s soccer team for next season. The 5-foot-10, 150-pound centre-midfielder is a solid all-around player, equal in both attacking and defensive roles with a strong level of competitiveness.
“He is the type of player that we are looking for—very athletic, very skilful, has a great work rate, very hardworking midfielder that can run from 18 to 18,” explains UBC Okanagan head coach Dante Zanatta.
Zanatta is very familiar with Lazazzera as he was able to work with Alex in the povincial program and is excited to add a player of Alex’s pedigree, “I think he will be a great addition to our program. He can have a very strong career at UBC Okanagan.”
Despite being a prolific scorer for his high school team—he netted four goals in a single game last season and scored a hat trick in a tournament down in the USA in 2011—he thinks of himself as more of a playmaker than a goal scorer, an aspect of his game that he is excited to bring to the Heat.
He has played for the Coquitlam Metro-Ford Sparta (CMFSC) since 2006 and played under Coach Zanatta with the B.C. provincial Team this past season. The CMFSC won the Provincial Club Championship and placed third at the Canadian Club Nationals this past season in Alberta.
He also served as team captain for Notre Dame the past two seasons and led his team to a fourth-place finish in the B.C. high school championship
“It is a bit of a coup to get a player of his quality,” commented Zanatta. “UBC Okanagan has never had a player this involved in the National Training Centre before. This signing shows the rest of B.C. and to other places that we are recruiting these types of players, that this a good place to come based on the school and the soccer program.”
Alex plans to enrol in the Human Kinetics program at UBC Okanagan. “I’ve wanted to be a personal trainer for a very long time, so a degree in Human Kinetics is my goal,” he said.
Coach Zanatta hopes that the details can be worked out so that Alex can play for his Okanagan Challenge team this summer, this would give Alex a head start on learning Dante’s systems and add familiarity with many of his future teammates as close to half of the Challenge roster is made up of Heat players.
The Challenge play in the men’s Premiere Division of the PCSL (Pacific Coast Soccer League), with a season that runs from the end of April through July. The Heat typically begin their training camp just before the start of August with a season that opens in September.