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West Valley Soccer Coach Brings A lot of Experience to the Field

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- There are state tournaments going on all over the place this weekend. The West Valley Rams have had quite a soccer season and it all starts with their coach, who is quite a player himself.

It always helps to have experience on your side. And Jake Sagare has plenty of experience. The 29-year-old Sagare now plays for the Yakima Reds.

After playing his high school soccer at West Valley, Sagare went to the University of Washington. He then played for the Seattle Sounders, Portland Timbers, and even a couple teams in England.

"I just want to stay involved in soccer, " says Sagare. "As you get older, you don't move as well ... I've always loved the game and it is good to see that there are prospects in Yakima and I like to help further their career."

In Sagare's 2nd year coaching at West Valley, the Rams have charged to a 15 and 3 record on the season and are the 7th ranked team in the state.

"We just come in and we work hard," says Sagare. "We're just working harder than the rest of the teams in the league."

But getting comfortable on the sideline and off the field hasn't been easy for Sagare.

"From a coaching standpoint, you can't go out there and do it on the field, " says Sagare. "You are trying to get the best out of your players and hoping they respond."

And players aren't afraid to give him a hard time when he makes a mistake.

"That's the best part, stopping one of his shots or if he chokes on a shot or misses it wide, we all go, oh!" says Rams Goalkeeper Phil Lopez.

Saturday, Camas is at West Valley in the first round of the state playoffs. It all starts at 11am as the player turned coach tries to keep his team on the winning track.

 

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