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North Tahoe senior will take soccer talents to Dominican University

Sylas Wright
swright@sierrasun.com

North Tahoe senior Lily Dubuc signs her Letter of Intent to play soccer at Dominican University of California.

When Lily Dubuc is not flying to Hawaii or San Diego for a road game, she'll be just close enough for her Lake Tahoe people to catch her in action at her new home.

The North Tahoe High senior on Wednesday signed her National Letter of Intent to play soccer at Dominican University of California, located in San Rafael.

"I really like the league we play in because we play in San Diego and Hawaii," Dubuc said of Dominican's Pacific West Conference, the largest conference in the NCAA Division II West Region. "I love the campus. It's Marin County and it's absolutely beautiful."

Aside from Dominican's attractive conference and campus, at the foot of Mount Tamalpais, Dubuc said she was drawn to the college for its close proximity to San Francisco, a city with ample jobs in her projected field of sports media. She also considered University of San Francisco, Boston College and Boston University.

Her decision was good news to Dominican University women's soccer coach Tara Koleski.

"Lily is one of the hardest workers on the field," Koleski said. "She is a strong player who has a presence on the field and (would be) valuable to any team. She is truly the player you do not want to play against."

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Koleski added that Dubuc, who received an athletic and academic scholarship, will have the opportunity to earn a starting job with the Penguins as a freshman.

"I have started freshmen and will continue to start freshmen who come in fit and ready to make an impact with our program. Last season we had seven freshmen start and next year we have 16 freshmen committed, and I believe a group of them will make an immediate impact," the coach said.

Dubuc began playing soccer as a youth with the Summit 7000 Academy in Truckee and for the past four years has played club soccer in the Sacramento area during the fall — which is why she did not play at North Tahoe.

She's a versatile athlete who can play nearly any position on the field. Koleski said she foresees her helping Dominican as an attacking center midfielder or a forward.